Northridge finishes regular season, takes second at Spring Invitational

Debby von Winckelmann

The Cal State Northridge women’s golf team wrapped up the regular portion of its 2008 Spring Season last week with a second place finish at the 2008 Matador Spring Invitational at Tierra Rajeda Golf Club.

The Matadors carded a 314 on Monday and followed it with a 300 on the second day of the tournament to finish just four strokes behind the tournament winner, Cal Poly. The Mustangs carded a 312 on Monday and a 295 to move past Portland, the day one leader.

“Taking second place out of 11 teams isn’t too shabby,” said head coach Bonnie Murphy. “I was really pleased.”

Individually, senior Eva Yoe tied for third with Portland’s Taryn Kuida. Yoe finished at 5-over-par, 149 (76-73). The individual champion was Cal Poly’s Hannah Brabb, finishing at 1-over-par, 145 (75-70).

Senior Lucy Davies, playing for the Northridge “A” team and junior Stephanie Aston, playing for the “B” team, tied for fifth at +6, 150. Davies carded rounds of 77 and 73 and Aston carded rounds of 76 and 74. Freshman Ashlee Nagamine finished at +8, 152 (79-73), shooting just one-over-par in the final round.

Other Matadors playing in the tournament were junior Krystina Gillenwater, finishing at +22, 166 (85-81), tying teammate, sophomore Julie Cho for 33rd place. Cho, playing for the “B” team, finished at +22, 166 (82-84). Senior Katrina Sutton finished at +25, 169 (82-87) for 42nd place.

Rounding out the “B” team, sophomore Monique Huijsman finished 41st at +24, 168 (85-83). Sophomore Sarah Windsor finished at +30, 174 (87-87) and redshirt freshman Maurissa Medina finished tied for 54th at +31, 175 (88-87).

The Matadors had another second place finish this season, at the Elco, Inc. Intercollegiate Tournament at Bakersfield Country Club, carding a two-round 656 (322, 334). Portland won the team title with a score of 644 (318-326).

Nagamine won the individual title, her first collegiate win. Nagamine, who Murphy said has really “come into her own during the spring season,” carded rounds of 78-79 (+9, 157). She is the only CSUN women’s golfer to win a tournament this season.

Murphy said that she has had a nice mix of golfers this season.

“Qualifying has been real close,” Murphy said. “We’ve had a different team each tournament.”

The Matadors will play in the Big West Championships at Tijeras Creek Golf Course in Rancho Santa Margarita on April 21 and 22. The two-day tournament starts at 7:30 each morning, with 36 holes being played on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.

Murphy said she will be taking her top five golfers statistically from this 2007-08 season. Yoe leads in individual statistics this season, averaging 76 strokes per round.

“I consider her my number one player,” Murphy said.

Yoe, unfortunately, is playing her one and only year at CSUN.

“This is her last year of eligibility,” Murphy said. “We found each other a little late, but it paid off.”

Nagamine is second statistically, averaging 78.9 strokes per round and Davies ranks third on the team, averaging 79.8 strokes per round.

Davies has been struggling with back problems this season, Murphy said. Despite the injury, Davies continues to play through the pain.

“She’s actually gained some accuracy, even though she’s lost some distance,” Murphy said.

Gilenwater ranks fourth with a 79.9 stroke average and Aston rounds out the team with a 81.5 average.

Murphy said that although the tournament seeds haven’t yet been announced, she is predicting that CSUN will be seeded fourth of six teams. Murphy also believes that her team can surprise some people.

“UC Irvine and UC Davis will be hard to beat,” Murphy said. “Irvine is ranked 50th in the nation and Davis is 55th. We are 109th. That doesn’t mean we can’t beat them.”

Murphy said that her golfers will have to shoot near their low games, though.

“If we can shoot around those numbers, we can be competitive,” Murphy said.