The Wildcats finished with a 321, besting Cal State Monterey Bay (348) and the CSUMB Gold team (359). Chico State, currently ranked 20th in the nation, will now wait to find out if it earns a berth in the NCAA regionals.
The win was the first of the season for Chico State, which is ranked No. six in the West Region poll and No. 21 in Golfstat's Division II rankings. Western Washington is currently No. 3 in the West and No. 11 among D-II teams.
Chico State (318-322-640) carded 79s from both Morgan Peterson (80-79-159) and Denise Canadas (81-79-160). Peterson finished tied for third and Canadas tied for fifth along with Chico's Katie Leong (79-81-160). Amanda Edgar (78-83-161) tied for tenth and Alicia Ambrosini (83-85-168) tied for 16th.
Western Washington (328-313-641) posted three rounds in the 70s to record a tournament-low 313 today. The Vikings number-five player Jennifer Noland led the charge with a tournament-best 73, 22 stokes better than her opening round. WWU's Katja Trygg (79-76-155) took top medalist honors, finishing 11 over par, and was the only player to shoot both rounds in the 70s.
CSU Monterey Bay (329-330-659) finished 19 stokes off the lead in third place led by second-place individual medalist Katy Murphy (78-80-158). Hawaii Hilo (334-339-673) and CSU San Marcos (352-328-680) rounded out the top five.
Western Washington (328), currently ranked No. 3 in the West Region, is second and CSU Monterey Bay (329) is third behind the young Wildcat squad (318), which is ranked No. 6 in the latest West Region poll.
Today, Chico was led by two freshmen. Amanda Edgar (40-38-78) is two off the lead, tied for fourth, and Katie Leong (41-38-78) is tied for seventh. Senior Morgan Peterson (40-40-80) is in the top ten and freshman Denise Canadas (43-38-81) is tied for 11th. Chico's final finisher, junior Alicia Ambrosini (39-44-83), puts all five Wildcats in the top 15.
Wildcat freshman Valerie Lassen (37-40-77), who is playing as an individual in this tournament, is currently within striking distance of the individual medalist honor, just one stroke behind the two leaders.
Alison Sahli of CSU Monterey Bay and Jennifer Van Dyke from Notre Dame de Namur tied for the low round of 76. Sahli had five birdies, including back to back-to-back on holes number two and three. Van Dyke carded four birdies, including three of the last five holes on the front nine.
The tournament concludes with 18 holes tomorrow, beginning with tee times at 7:30.
Chico State individual scores::
Chico State individual scores::
The Wildcats, ranked No.9 in the recent NCAA West region poll, beat No. 1 St. Mary’s of Texas and No. 5 Tarleton State, improving their chances of a berth in the West Regional in Bellingham, Washington, May 2-3.
Chico (324-315-639) finished 17 strokes behind winner, and this years regional host, Western Washington University (312-310-622).
Alicia Ambrosini (81-75-156) led the Wildcat charge, shooting a season best 75 in the final round. Morgan Peterson (80-78-158) and Ambrosini both finished in the top 20 individually. Katie Leong (79-81-160), Val Lassen (84-81-165), and Denise Canadas round out the Wildcat five.
The Wildcats travel to Fresno State on April 4-5, before hosting their only tournament of the year, the Wells Fargo Chico State Invite, at Butte Creek Country Club April 11-12.
The Wildcats (328-330-658) entered the final round in third place, but posted a 330 final round to fall to fifth.
Top finisher Morgan Peterson (78-76-154) finished tied for third overall, followed by Katie Leong (80-84-164, T26), Denise Canadas (87-83-170, T37), Alicia Ambrosini (84-87-171, T42), and Valerie Lassen (86-89-175, T46).
Texas Christian (319-308-627) won the 36-hole event by three strokes over runner up St. Mary's University-Texas (329-301-630). Tarleton State (321-314-635) took third and Central Oklahoma (331-315-646) was fourth, 12 strokes ahead of the Wildcats.
Chico State's next tournament is March 28-29 at the Palm Valley Golf Course in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Wildcats (328) are nine shots behind the leader Texas Christian University (319) and seven shots shy of second place Tarelton State (321). Host St. Mary's University (329) is one stroke behind the Wildcats in fourth place.
For Chico State, Morgan Peterson is tied for fourth place individually after an opening round of 78 and Katie Leong is tied for fifth at 80. Alicia Ambrosini (84), Valerie Lassen (86), and Denise Canadas (87) round out the Wildcat scoring.
Final round begins with a shotgun start on Saturday morning.
Fin. School (Scores)
Another freshman, Valerie Lassen, carded Tuesday's third best round, a 2-over par 74, to rally for a 12th-place finish at 16-over. Alicia Ambrosini finished 20-over, and Julia Elwood grabbed a share of 24th-place with her 22-over 166.
The Wildcats finished behind only Western Washington and Western New Mexico in the nine-team field.