Nov. 6, 2003
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The San Diego State women's golf team will travel to the Las Vegas Women's Collegiate Showdown to face some of the nation's best in their final tournament of the fall. The Aztecs are coming off of their first victory in three years, behind the medalist performance of freshman Jenna Wilson. The Showdown begins on Monday, Nov. 10 and runs through Wed., Nov. 12 with teams playing 18-holes each day in the 54-hole tournament.
* The tournament field consists of 16 teams and all of them are ranked in Golfweek's Top 100, including eight in Top 50. MWC rival, New Mexico, tops the list in sixth place and is the defending champion of the tournament after shooting 880 last year. Oklahoma (11), Tennessee (22), host UNLV (26), and Kent State (27) also sit in the top 30. The Aztecs enter the tournament ranked No. 35, their highest position of the season.
Las Vegas Starters
* This weekend's starting lineup includes one four-year senior and four newcomers, including two freshman. Shayna Miyajima is the only player in the top five with more than three tournaments of experience at SDSU. Miyajima enters with a 74.88 scoring average. Leading the team in scoring is freshman Jenna Wilson, who has posted scores averaging 73.88 in the team's first three tournaments. Heather MacRae cracked the starting lineup in each of her first three tournaments and has two top 20 finishes. Megan Mulhaupt and Jamie Oliver have been splitting time early in the year, but both get the starting nod for this week after solid performances at the Lady Aztec Invitational.
* The Aztecs will have a new look to the starting five at the tournament as senior Sandy Kim will miss an event for the first time in her career due to a back injury suffered in the final round of the Lady Aztec Invitational. Kim was unable to finish the round, and has not yet fully recovered. Sandy had played in all 36 tournaments since arriving at SDSU and had the third best scoring average of the season at 75.86. Last year, Kim led SDSU at the Las Vegas tournament as she placed 26th with a 233 total.
Recapping the Lady Aztec Invitational
* SDSU earned their first tournament victory in three years as they posted a school-record 54-hole total of 878 to claim the Lady Aztec championship by 13 strokes. Freshman Jenna Wilson won the tournament after firing a SDSU record 67 in the final round to finish at five-under 211, which also set a new SDSU mark. It was the first team title and individual medalist since the Heather Farr Memorial in October of 2000.
* Senior Shayna Miyajima recorded her first top-10 of the year with a fifth place finish at 219 (+3). Heather MacRae and Jamie Oliver rounded out the record scoring by shooting 227 (+11), to tie for 17th.
* Jenna Wilson has made a big impact on the Aztecs in her first season in collegiate golf. Wilson, from Scotland, has already shot the top two rounds in SDSU history with scores of 67 and 68, set the 54-hole tournament scoring record with her five-under 211 at the Lady Aztec Invitational, and posted the second best score in SDSU history at a 36-hole tournament when she fired a 145 to finish second at the Heather Farr Memorial.
* Wilson has moved up the rankings and has been tabbed No. 36 this week by Golfstat, the sixth highest freshman on the list.
* Wilson is not the only Aztec ranked in Golfstat's top 100 individuals. Miyajima is ranked 88th by Golfstat.
* Jenna is the fourth highest ranked individual in this week's tournament. Lisa Meldrum from Oklahoma tops the list as she is ranked sixth overall. New Mexico's Kailin Downs and Ashley Rollins are ranked No. 16 and No. 32, respectively.
By The Numbers
* The Aztecs moved up to to No. 35 in Golfweek's latest rankings with a rating of 75.49. Against the nation's 64th-ranked schedule, the Aztecs are 18-11 against Golfweek's Top 100, and 31-11 overall.
* According to Golfstat's Division I team rankings, SDSU is the country's 39nd-ranked team with a division record of 175-38.