CSUN Fifth After Opening Round of Big West Women's Championship

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Three Cal State Northridge golfers are in the top-20 while the Matadors sit fifth among eight teams after the opening round of the 2013 Big West Women's Golf Championship Sunday at San Luis Obispo Country Club.

As a team, Northridge posted an opening round of 318 which is 29 strokes back of team-leading UC Davis (289). Long Beach State (297) is second followed by UC Irvine (311), Cal State Fullerton (312), the Matadors (318), Cal Poly (319), UC Riverside (325) and Hawai'i (326).

Individually, sophomore Elisabeth Haavardsholm is 15th after posting a five-over 78 in round one. Haavardsholm, who averaged 76.5 strokes per round in four spring tournaments, had 14 pars, three bogeys and one double bogey in the first round.

Margo Dionisio and Clariss Guce are both tied for 16th at six-over 79. Dionisio doubled the par four 15th hole but otherwise had 13 pars and four bogeys. Guce had the only birdie among the Matadors' top-three and finished at three-over on both the front nine and back nine.

Sharon Shin, who is tied for 31st at nine-over 82, posted the most birdies of any CSUN player with three but was also victimized by 10 bogeys and one double bogey. Stephanie Bush rounded out the Matador five and is 38th at (+12) 85.

Defending champion Bev Vatananugulkit of UC Davis leads the field after firing a four-under 69. Teammate Demi Runas and Long Beach State's Kassidy Teare are tied second at one-under 72.

The second round is scheduled for Monday with the final 18 holes set for Tuesday at San Luis Obispo Country Club.


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