Women's Golf Starts 2012 Spring Campaign In Arizona

Feb. 3, 2012

The San Diego State women's golf team resumes action following a near three and a half month break, as the Aztecs open their 2012 spring campaign at the Wildcat Invitational, Feb. 5-7, in Oro Valley, Ariz.

SDSU will play 18 holes (54 total) each of the three days at the par-72, 6,250-yard Golf Club at Vistoso and is one of 15 squads competing at the event, which gets underway at 8 a.m. MT with tee times from No. 1 and No. 10 the first two days and with a shotgun start on Tuesday.

San Diego State is currently ranked 31st nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin and 34th by golfstat.com, and is one of eight teams in this week's tournament rated in the top 50. The Aztecs will be joined two fellow Mountain West Conference members in New Mexico and UNLV, while six Pac-12 squads make up the majority of the field, highlighted by No. 1 and defending national champion UCLA, No. 8 Arizona State and host No. 22 Arizona.

SDSU is participating in the Wildcat Invite for the second year in a row, having placed ninth at last year's edition, which was played on the same course.

The team will be paired with Colorado and Washington State for Sunday's first round starting at 8:09 a.m. from hole No. 10. Live results for all three days will be available on the schedule page on goaztecs.com, as well as on golfstat.com.

Six Aztecs Make The Trip For The Spring Opener
First-year head coach Leslie Spalding will bring six golfers to the Tucson area this weekend.

Senior Malin Enarsson (Gothenburg, Sweden), juniors Gina Clark (Murrieta, Calif.), Alessia Knight (Bologna, Italy) and Christine Wong (Richmond, B.C.) and freshman Amy Alston (Mission Viejo, Calif.) are all slated to make the trip. Sophomore Rebecca Schneider (Cave Creek, Ariz.) will also return to her home state to compete as an individual.

Wong finished the fall campaign ranked as high as 38th nationally and is one of four Aztec golfers who are making their second consecutive appearance at the Wildcat Invite.

Flashback: 2011 Wildcat Invite
The San Diego State women's golf team settled for a ninth-place finish at the 16-team Arizona Wildcat Invitational at the par-72, 6,321-yard The Golf Club at Vistoso. The Aztecs were in seventh place through 36 holes, but fell back two spots after a final-round 324 to end the two-day event at 59-over 923.

SDSU was led by senior Stephanie Arcala, who moved from 18th into 13th place despite carding her biggest score of the tournament with a final-round 5-over 77.

Competing as an individual, sophomore Gina Clark was the Aztecs' second highest finisher, posting a 77 en route to an 11-over 227 to tie for 20th place.

Christine Wong dropped from 18th to 34th after the final 18 holes, while Alessia Knight tied for 40th, Samantha Roberts tied for 59th and Malin Enarsson came in 70th.

Host Arizona won by 11 strokes over Cal with an 11-over 875 and also claimed the individual title when Isabelle Boineau fired a 4-under 212.

Last Time Out: Aztecs Tie For Second In Fall Finale
The San Diego State women's golf team moved up two spots in the team standings over the final 18 holes to tie for second place at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in Boulder City, Nev., Oct. 24-26. The Aztecs completed their fall schedule by logging their third top-five finish of 2011, posting a 54-hole total to 20-over 884.

SDSU, which was 13th at the same event a year ago, had two players finish in the individual top 15 and all five place in the top 50 in the 89-golfer field. The team was led by junior Christine Wong, who landed in a five-way tie for eighth place at 3-over 219. Senior Malin Enarsson used a final-round 74 to jump from 27th into 13th with a 4-over 220, while freshman Amy Alston was the third Aztec in the top 25 with an 8-over 224 to tie for 24th place.

Gina Clark tied for 36th with a 227 and Tessa The tied for 49th with a 13-over 229.

Wong Named Conference Player of the Month
Junior Christine Wong was named the Mountain West Conference Golfer of the Month for her performances in October. The honor was the third of Wong's career, which matches as the most by an Aztec in the 13-year history of the Mountain West.

Wong won her third career tournament, but her first since her freshman campaign, when she finished first at the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif., Oct. 8-9. The 5-foot-2 Canadian also finished in the top 25 at the team's other two outings during the month of October, highlighted by an eighth-place performance at the fall-ending Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

Henrikson Signs NLI With SDSU Women's Golf
San Diego State women's golf head coach Leslie Spalding announced the signing in mid-November of Emma Henrikson (Malmö, Sweden) to a National Letter of Intent. Henrikson, who is a member of the Swedish national team, will join the Aztecs in the fall of 2012.

Spalding In First Season As SDSU's Head Coach
Leslie Spalding, who was hired last August, is in her first season as head coach of the Aztecs.

The Billings, Mont., native played on the LPGA Tour from 1996 to 2005, competing in 215 events with seven top-10 finishes and more than $600,000 in prize money. After completing her playing career, she served as the head women's golf coach at Montana State from 2007-11.

As a collegian, Spalding attended the University of Alabama on a golf scholarship from 1987 to 1991 and earned her bachelor's degree in telecommunication/film with a minor in marketing in 1992.

This past fall, she helped San Diego State finish in the top five of three of its four fall tournaments. The Aztecs also led the conference in team season stroke average (295.17) and are the only MW school to win an event thus far in 2011.