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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.
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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.
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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.