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Aztecs Head To Hawaii For Rainbow Wahine Fall Classic

Sandy Kim and the Aztecs take on Rainbow Classic field featuring 15 of <i>Golfweek</i> and Golfstat's top-100 teams.
Sandy Kim and the Aztecs take on Rainbow Classic field featuring 15 of Golfweek and Golfstat's top-100 teams.

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Oct. 28, 2002

SAN DIEGO - Coming off a second-place finish in its last tournament, the San Diego State women's golf team will try to keep that momentum going against a talented field at the Oct. 29-30 Rainbow Wahine Fall Classic, hosted by Hawai'i.

  • The Rainbow Classic field consists of 17 teams, including 15 top-100 teams from the latest Golfweek/Sagarin and Golfstat ratings. Five squads are also ranked in the latest Golf World coaches' poll.
    Rainbow Classic Field   10/18       10/22     10/22
    Latest Team Rankings    Golf World  Golfweek  Golfstat
    San Diego State         n/r         100th      85th
    BYU                     n/r          64th      67th
    California              16th         11th       4th
    Hawai'i                 n/r         150th     133rd
    Kansas                  n/r          80th      82nd
    Long Beach State        n/r          83rd      77th
    New Mexico              14th          7th       7th
    New Mexico State        25th         25th      22nd
    Northern Arizona        n/r          78th      72nd
    Oregon                  n/r          68th      61st
    San Francisco           n/r          53rd      53rd
    Southern Illinois       n/r         134th     130th
    Stanford                23rd         35th      44th
    Texas A&M               n/r          71st      63rd
    Texas Tech              n/r          67th      65th
    UC Irvine               n/r          70th      68th
    UCLA                    18th         21st      16th
    

  • The individual field should also be very competitive, as the Aztecs' top junior tandem of Shayna Miyajima and Sandy Kim take on a field boasting 11 players ranked in the top 100 by both the Golfweek/Sagarin and Golfstat ratings. The top player in the field is Golfstat No. 4/Golfweek No. 8 Alena Sharp of New Mexico State.
    Rainbow Classic Individual Field    10/22     10/23
    Top Rainbow Individuals             Golfweek  Golfstat
    Rachel Bailey, New Mexico State     68th      51st
    Kelly Cavanaugh, New Mexico State   44th      48th
    Kailin Downs, New Mexico            36th      29th
    Vikki Laing, California             32nd      16th
    Katrina Leckovic, New Mexico        58th      37th
    Ria Quiazon, California             99th      70th
    Kim Rowton, Stanford                81st      86th
    Alena Sharp, New Mexico State        8th       4th
    Mika Takiyama, California           87th      61st
    Gina Umeck, UCLA                    80th      59th
    Therese Winslow, Oregon             53rd      96th
    

    Recapping The Matador Fall Classic

  • SDSU continued its steady improvement in the third tournament of the season as the Aztecs registered a second-place finish at the 36-hole Matador Fall Classic. The Aztecs shot their best two rounds of the young season, 305-301, for a 606 total that finished just two shots behind host and team champion, CSU Northridge (604). It was SDSU's best team result since a second-place finish at last season's Mountain West Conference championship.
  • The Aztecs placed four individuals among the top five scores. Junior Shayna Miyajima placed in a career-best tie for second at 4-over 148, four strokes behind medalist Elizabeth Allen of CSU Northridge. Miyajima matched her personal best with a 1-under 71 in the final round for the Aztecs' first under-par individual score of the year. She also fired a 71 in the first round of the 2002 Mountain West Championship.
  • Senior Jennifer Hoene the best result of her SDSU career with a fourth-place finish at 8-over 152. Hoene, who finished seventh at last year's MWC Championship, joins Miyajima as having recorded two top-10 results in the Aztecs' last four events.
  • Senior Claire Riley and junior Sandy Kim shared fifth place at 9-over 153. For Riley, it was her best finish in 14 career events, while Kim earned her best result since she shot 153 and finished fourth at the 2002 Aztec Invitational.
  • Freshman Brittany Bailey, playing in her first collegiate tournament, shot 81-89 and tied for 45th. * The Aztecs have registered all four counting scores in the 70s over their last three rounds after failing to produce more than two scores in the 70s in the first five rounds of the fall.

    Head Coach Felicia Brown

  • Head coach Felicia Brown is in her first season at the helm of the SDSU golf program after serving as assistant coach last season. Brown prepped locally at San Marcos High School before playing collegiately at Arizona. She boasts professional playing and teaching experience on the Players' West Golf Tour and the LPGA teaching division, respectively.