Matadors Repeat as Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational Champions

Oct. 5, 2010

NIPOMO, Calif. - Cal State Northridge carded a final round 304 to repeat as team champions of the Firestone Grill Cal Poly Invitational at Monarch Dunes G.C. Individually, three Matadors finished in the top-six led by champion Kylie Kimura.

Northridge, which won the 2009 Firestone Grill title with a three round score of 917, bettered that score by one shot as the Matadors posted rounds of 305-307-304 to finish at 916, 12 shots better than second place Santa Clara. Cal State Fullerton (935) was third, Portland (937) was fourth and Cal Poly (942) took fifth in the nine-team field.

"It's great that we were able to defend our title," said Matador head coach Bonnie Murphy. "It's a tradition we'd certainly like to continue."

Kimura's individual title was her first collegiate tournament win. The junior from Covina, Calif. (via Long Beach State) carried a four-shot lead over a pair of players, including teammate Maurissa Medina, into Tuesday and posted a final round (+2) 73 to win by five strokes over Santa Clara's Miki Ueoka and Cal Poly's Asia Adell. Kimura wound up with rounds of 72-76-73 for a three-round score of (+8) 221.

"I'm very proud of Kylie," said Murphy. "She's never been in this position before but she was able to get past her nerves. She had a couple of holes where she made bogey but really grinded it out today."

Medina and junior Ellen Krausse both finished tied for sixth at (+18) 231. Medina, who was tied for second after two rounds on Monday, slipped to a final round (+8) 79 to drop into a tie for sixth. Krausse on the other hand, had her best round of the tournament firing a (+3) 74. The junior from Bakersfield, Calif. finished with rounds of 78-79-74.

"Ellen was also solid and played great today," added Murphy. "She made the turn at two over-par and played the back nine at one-over."

Sophomore Margo Dionisio sandwiched a pair of 78's around a second round 79 as she finished 12th at (+22) 235 and senior Ashlee Nagamine finished in a tie for 17th at (+27) 240 after rounds of 81-77-82.

Cal State Northridge will have a brief rest before the Matadors tee it up again at the Price's "Give 'em Five" Invitational in Las Cruces, N.M. next Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 11-13.

"This was nice to build a little confidence heading into a tournament with a strong field at New Mexico," said Murphy.

Nipomo, Calif.
Monarch Dunes Golf Club
Par 71, 5,964 yards

1. Northridge 305-307-304--916
2. Santa Clara 310-318-300--928
3. Cal State Fullerton 309-320-306--935
4. Portland 315-317-305--937
5. Cal Poly 311-320-311--942
6. North Dakota 325-346-320--991
7. Utah Valley 333-336-329--998
8. CSU Bakersfield 344-343-346--1033
9. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 365-370-349--1084

1. Kylie Kimura, Northridge 72-76-73--221 (+8)
T2. Miki Ueoka, Santa Clara 76-78-72--226 (+13)
T2. Asia Adell, Cal Poly 79-74-73--226 (+13)
4. Rachael Fischer, Portland 76-79-74--229 (+16)
5. Taylor Fowler, Cal State Fullerton 75-77-78--230 (+17)
T6. Tammy Surtees, Santa Clara 76-80-75--231 (+18)
T6. Maurissa Medina, Northridge 77-75-79--231 (+18)
T6. Ellen Krausse, Northridge 78-79-74--231 (+18)

T9. McKennon O'Rourke, Portland 78-78-76--232 (+19)
T9. Lauren Oh, Santa Clara 77-78-76--232 (+19)

1. Cal State Northridge 305-307-304--916
1. Kylie Kimura 72-76-73--221
T6. Maurissa Medina 77-75-79--231
T6. Ellen Krausse 78-79-74--231
12. Margo Dionisio 78-79-78--235
T17. Ashlee Nagamine 81-77-82--240


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