Aztec Fall Classic Title Gives Matadors Back-to-Back Tournament Wins

Oct. 13, 2009

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Ashlee Nagamine won individual medalist honors and Cal State Northridge won its second consecutive tournament by 15 strokes as the Matadors claimed the Aztec Fall Classic with a final round 294.

Northridge's team title followed up its win at the Firestone Grill Invitational last week in Nipomo, Calif. The Matadors (595) carded rounds of 301 and a tournament-best 294 to edge Cal Poly (610) and UC Riverside (610) by 15 strokes in the seven-team field.

"We played really well and I'm excited that we've won two tournaments in a row," said Head Coach Bonnie Murphy. "But its still early and we've got a lot of season left to play."

Nagamine's individual title came on a one-hole playoff over Cal Poly's Maddy Fletcher. The title is Nagamine's first individual title since her freshman season of 2007-08 when she won the Elco, Inc. Invitatonal in Bakersfield, Calif.

"This is great for Ashlee," said Murphy "It's a long-time coming, she really deserves it. She had one little hiccup on 11 but that was her only mistake."

Nagamine, a junior from Aiea, Hawai'i, fired rounds of 74-72 to finish at two over-par 146. Fletcher posted rounds of 70-76 but was caught in the final round by Nagamine who then went on to win in the playoff.

Margo Dionisio was also solid for the Matadors as she finished in the top-10 for the second time in as many collegiate tournaments. The junior from Whittier, Calif., finished with rounds of 74-73 to finish third at three over-par 147.

Junior Maurissa Medina and freshman Clariss Guce both tied for eighth place at eight over-par 152. Medina rebounded from an opening round 79 to card a final round 73 while Guce slipped from a tie for second place after an opening round 74 to a final round 78. Freshman Tammy Panich rounded out the Matador scoring by becoming the fifth player to score in the 70's. Panich tied for 13th at (+15) 158 after rounds of 81-76.

Murphy had nothing but praise for her team after the win.

"These girls are so mentally tough," said Murphy. "That's the big difference this year, mentally they're much stronger than teams I've had before."


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