Aztec Women's Golf Heads To MWC Championship
April 19, 2005
SAN DIEGO -
SDSU Heads To MWC Championships
This week's 54-hole event takes place at the par-71, 6,312-yard Meadows Course at the Sunriver Resort for the fifth year in a row. Sunriver, located 17 miles south of Bend, Ore., will also be the site of the 2005 NCAA championships, slated for May 17-20.
The Aztecs are paired with New Mexico and BYU for Thursday's first round, which is set to begin at 9 a.m. PDT. Tee times could be pushed back an hour or more depending on weather conditions, which are forecasted for the mid to low 60s with a chance of showers on both Thursday and Saturday.
Schools will play 18 holes each of the three days. Only six of the MWC's eight member institutions sponsor women's golf (Air Force, Utah do not), but the field will increase by one next year with the addition of TCU.
MWC Rookies: Aztec Line-Up For This Week
Senior Megan Mulhaupt (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.), who missed the team's last event due to academic commitments, will be the lone upperclassman. She will be joined by sophomore Jamie Oliver (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and freshmen Anna Booth (Coffs Harbour, Australia), Jackie Kazarian (Dana Point, Calif.) and MacKenzie Swecker (Winnemucca, Nev.).
Booth is the only Aztec to participate in each of the team's nine tournaments this season. Kazarian, Mulhaupt and Oliver have missed just one event, while the MWC championships will be the fifth career tournament for Swecker.
The Aztecs own a 3-0 record versus Wyoming this season, but are winless against the other four schools. SDSU's most frequent opponent in 2004-05, has been Brigham Young, which has finished higher than the Aztecs in five tournaments.
Individually, seven of the top 11 finishers from last year's MWC tournament return, including a former medalist in Colorado State's Lynette Duran (2002).
The MWC is well represented in this year's individual national rankings with No. 23 Kailin Downs (New Mexico), No. 36 Elena Kurokawa (UNLV), No. 63 Rachel Newren (BYU) and No. 81 Christine Fernandez (New Mexico).
SDSU In The MWC Tournament
Last season, the Aztecs posted their best ever team score in MWC tournament action with an 885 to place fourth. SDSU was fifth in 2003, following a runner-up performance in both 2001 and 2002. The Aztecs were disqualified in the inaugural tournament in 2000, after two players turned in incorrect score cards in the third and final round.
Individually, the highest SDSU finish came in 2002, when Heather Rollo tied for second place with a 218, just two strokes out of first. Jenna Wilson owns the school record for the best score in a 54-hole conference tournament with a two-over par 215 in 2004.
In 24 years of competing for a conference title, the Aztecs have come up empty each time but have recorded five runner-up finishes.
Mountain West History Lesson
Four different schools have had a player win the individual title, including UNLV (2004), New Mexico (2003), Colorado State (2002) and Wyoming (2000). New Mexico also had the medalist in 2001.
The first MWC championship took place at the Sunbrook Golf Club in St. George, Utah. The tournament then moved to Sunriver the next five seasons, however, the first round of the 2003 event was played at the Awbrey Glen Golf Course in Bend, Ore., due to inclement weather.
This year's 6,312-yard course is the longest in MWC championship history. The course yardage has topped 6,000 three other times with the previous longest being 6,110 in 2003.
New Mexico and UNLV own all but one of the 12 MWC championship records. UNLV claimed the title a year ago by setting records for best 54-hole score (856), lowest single round (276), lowest first round (289), lowest individual round (66) and lowest first round (68).
The only record that the two schools don't own is largest winning margin, which is held by Wyoming's Jordan Lintz (3).
MWC Championship Results
Last Time Out: BYU Dixie Classic
SDSU, which shot a first round 342 in harsh weather conditions, jumped two slots in the team standings, tying North Texas. The Aztecs' 318 in the second and final round is the team's best 18-hole performance this spring and was the eighth-best in the 14-team field in the second round. UNLV claimed the overall title by 14 strokes over Arkansas, posting a two-day total of 41-over 617.
Aztec sophomore Jamie Oliver recorded the best individual finish of her career, coming in tied for 13th with the help of a second round 77 to put her tournament total at 15-over 159. Her 159 is five strokes better than her previous spring season high for 36 holes.
Oliver edged freshman Jackie Kazarian, who had three birdies on the day to card a six-over 78. Kazarian tied for 16th place on the individual leader board with a 16-over 160, logging her third top-20 finish this spring.
Senior Toni Lutz (Anaheim, Calif.) bettered her first round score by four strokes to tie for 23rd with a 162, including a 79 in the final 18 holes.
While all five Aztecs improved their scores from day one, freshman MacKenzie Swecker jumped the biggest with an 84 after finishing with a 95 in the first round.
Each of the three regional tournaments will include 21 teams and three individuals, not on those teams. The participants will be selected by the NCAA women's golf committee and are announced on April 25.
The top eight teams and two individuals (not on those teams) from each region will advance to the NCAA championships, May 17-20, in Sunriver, Ore.
- SDSU ended the year ranked No. 40 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings after placing fourth at the MWC championships.
- SDSU earned their first win in three years during the fall when they set a school record by shooting 878 to win the Lady Aztec Invitational. SDSU has also recorded two runner-up finishes and was in the top four in four of its last five outings.
Head Coach Felicia Brown
She is assisted by Doug Barba for the second year in a row.