Women's Golf Heads to MW Championships
April 24, 2013
SAN DIEGO - After a lengthy hiatus, the San Diego State women's golf team returns action this week when it travels to the Palm Springs area for the Mountain West Championships, April 25-27, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The 54-hole event will be contested on the historic par-72, 6,324-yard Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club. Admission is free to the public.
The eight-team field will play 18 holes on each of the three days, following a practice round on Wednesday. The Aztecs, who have been idle since April 2, received the No. 2 seed are slated to tee off with No. 4 Nevada and No. 8 Wyoming in the second group on Thursday, starting at 8:20 a.m. PT. A live scoring link will be available courtesy of Golfstat on GoAztecs.com.
The MW Championships return to California this season after a two-year run at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz., just outside of Phoenix. During the 2009 and 2010 campaigns, the event was held at the Black Horse Golf Club in Seaside, Calif., near Monterey. In the league's 14-year history, the championships have also been conducted in three other states: Oregon, Utah and New Mexico.
Second-year San Diego State head coach Leslie Spalding will bring five golfers to the Coachella Valley this week, featuring the reigning MW player of the year and senior Christine Wong (Richmond, B.C., Canada), sophomores Paige Spiranac (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Kristina Lynn (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Amy Alston (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and freshman Emma Henrikson (Malmö, Sweden).
Wong and Alston are the only Aztecs with MW championship experience among the group, while the three remaining SDSU players are set to make their conference debuts. Wong, a three-time all-MW performer, will be making her fourth consecutive appearance, while Alston has earned a starting assignment for the second straight season.
Four of SDSU's opponents this week find themselves among the top 100 in the latest Golfstat rankings released April 17. UNLV is the highest rated team, checking in at No. 45, followed by Fresno State (83rd), New Mexico (87th) and Nevada (90th). The Aztecs, who landed in the 75th position, will also square off against Boise State (114th), Colorado State (129th) and Wyoming (149th). TCU, which captured three tournament titles in 2007, 2011 and 2012, dropped out of the MW to join the Big XII Conference last summer.
SDSU owns a 12-5 record in head-to-head results against six conference foes during the 2012-13 campaign, including undefeated marks vs. Fresno State (3-0), Colorado State (2-0), Wyoming (2-0) and Nevada (1-0). The Aztecs have also maintained the upper hand against New Mexico (2-1) this year and have not faced Boise State in regular-season competition. UNLV, meanwhile, is the only MW squad to post a winning record against SDSU in 2012-13, topping the Scarlet and Black on four of six occasions.
Individually, five of the top-10 finishers return from last year's conference championship, including the Aztecs' Christine Wong (2nd), Dana Finkelstein of UNLV (T-3rd), New Mexico's Manon DeRoey (5th) and Sammi Stevens (10th) and Hayley Young of Boise State (8th).
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