2005-06 Archive

2005-06 Meet-by-Meet results (PDF)

Canadas does Chico State proud with sixth-place finish
Wildcats finish fifth in first-ever regional
MUSKOGEE, Okla. - Denise Canadas missed her chance to earn a berth in the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships by two strokes. The exciting part is, she’s just a sophomore. Canadas carded a final round 6-over par 76 to finish at 16-over par in the West Regional championships Tuesday, good for sixth place overall. She led the Wildcats, who were playing in their first-ever regional championship as a team, to a fifth-place finish.

Canadas, just one-over through the first nine holes of her final round, was in prime position to be one of two individuals to advance to the National Championship Tournament along with the top two teams in the West. However, she double-bogeyed the par-4 10th and triple-bogeyed the par-4 11th.  Allison Kinser of St. Edward’s University finished 14-over to claim the final individual spot. Still, Canadas’ finish is far-and-away the best by a Chico State women’s golfer at the regional in the program’s four-year history. Shelby Jasper was forced to withdrawal from the 2003 regional with an injury and Morgan Peterson finished tied for 16th in 2004.

Katie Leong now holds the mark for the third best finish by a Wildcat at the regional with her 21st-place finish. Also a sophomore, Leong finished the tournament 33-over par. Chico State’s Amanda Edgar finished 26th at 37-over par, Caitlin Munroe rebounded from a rough opening round with an 80 and 81 over the final 36 holes to finish in 28th place at 39-over par, and Alicia Ambrosini finished tied for 30th at 42-over par.

Chico State finished fifth in the six-team field with a 972, 11 strokes behind Northeastern State and three strokes ahead of St. Mary’s University.

Canadas one stroke off lead heading into final round
Chico State in sixth place after two rounds
MUSKOGEE, OK - Chico State's Denise Canadas is just one stroke off the lead at 10-over par heading into the final round of the NCAA West Regional Women's Golf Championship at the Muskogee County Club after 36 holes played Monday. As a team, the Wildcats are in sixth place in the six-team tournament. It is their first-ever trip to the regional.

The top two teams and top two finishers not part of the top two teams will advance to the Division II National Women's Golf Championships in Michigan May 10-13.

Canadas, a sophomore from Modesto, carded a five-over par 76 in the morning round, and after bogeying six of her first 11 holes in the afternoon, finished one-under over the final eight holes to stay in contention with another 76. Western New Mexico's Katharine Dorris and Grand Canyon's Jessica McKay are tied for the lead at nine-over par. Canadas and Allison Kinser of St. Edward's University are both 10-over par.

The rest of the Wildcats struggled Monday. Katie Leong dropped from 11th place after the opening round into a tie for 23rd place after carding an 87 over the final 18 holes of the day. Amanda Edgar is tied for 25th, Caitlin Munroe is in 30th, and Alicia Ambrosini is tied for 31st.

Western New Mexico leads the team standings at 52-over par. St. Edward's and Western Washington are tied for second at 61-over, Northeastern State is in fourth at 71-over, St. Mary's University is in fifth at 74-over, and the Wildcats are in sixth at 84-over.

Canadas is scheduled to tee off Tuesday at 6:50 a.m., PST,. She will be the final Chico State player to tee off.

Wildcat team headed to West Regional
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - For the first time in the five-year history of the Chico State women’s golf program, the Wildcats have earned a berth as a team in the NCAA West Regional. The announcement was made today by the Division II Women’s Golf Committee. The 54-hole competition will take place at Muskogee Country Club in Okalahoma, May 1-2.

The Wildcats were the final pick in the six-team regional that includes teams from Washington, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. The Wildcats hovered around the No. 6 spot most of the season, but let out a collective sigh of relief when the official announcement was released.

The Wildcats have sent individuals to the regional, most recently Morgan Peterson, who finished 16th overall in 2004, but this is the first time the Wildcats will compete as a team.

The top two teams, along with the top two individuals not with a qualifying team, from each regional will advance to the National Championship in Michigan, May 10-13.

West Region Teams:
1.            Western Washington
2.            Western New Mexico
3.            St. Mary’s (Texas)
4.            St. Edward’s
5.            Northeastern State
6.            Cal State Chico

West Region Individuals:
1. Ashley Kelley, Central Oklahoma
2. Shelby White, Fort Hays State
3. Jessica McKay, Grand Canyon

Leong dominates final round to win individual crown
Wildcats finish second at Saint Martin's Invitational
OLYMPIA, Wash.  - Katie Leong carded an even-par round of 75, four shots better than anyone else in the field, to claim the individual title at the Saint Martin's Invitational Tuesday in Olympia, Washington at the Olympia Country Club. The Wildcats team finished second, eight strokes behind Western Washington University, currently ranked No. 4 in the nation. Chico State entered the tournament ranked No. 14 in the nation.

The second-place finish should be enough to propel the Wildcats into the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history. Grand Canyon entered the tournament ranked 15th in the nation, but finished fourth, 38 strokes behind the Wildcats.

Leong (81-75-156) bested Western Washington's Katja Trygg by three strokes after heading into the final round trailing Trygg by two strokes. Caitlin Munroe (86-80-166) carded an 80 Tuesday to move into a tie for sixth place, Denise Canadas (81-88-169) finished 11th overall, Alicia Ambrosini (83-89-172) earned a tie for 15th place, and Amanda Edgar (88-85-173) finished tied for 17th place.

Wildcats two shots off lead
OLYMPIA, Wash.  - The Chico State women’s golf team is just two shots behind leader Western Washington after the first round of play at the Inaugural Saint Martin’s University women’s golf tournament being held at the Olympia Country Club.

The Wildcats, currently No. 14 in the latest Golfstat poll, had three players finish among the top ten to post a team score of 331. Western Washington (329) is the top-ranked team in the West at No. 4 in the Golfstat poll and Grand Canyon (350), currently No. 15, is 19 stokes behind Chico State in third place.

Nine teams wrap up the competition tomorrow with a final 18 holes on the long 5,801-yard, par-75 course, beginning at 8 a.m.

The Wildcats were paced by sophomores Katie Leong and Denise Canadas, who are tied for second after opening rounds of 81. Alicia Ambrosini (83) also finished in the top 10, currently tied for seventh, while Caitlin Munroe (86) sits tied for 12th and Amanda Edgar (88) is tied for 17th.

Western Washington’s Katja Trygg is the leader with a four-over 79 today.

Leong finishes sixth, Wildcats seventh
GOODYEAR, AZ - Katie Leong carded a 75 to secure a sixth-place individual finish and lead the Chico State women's golf team to a seventh-place finish in the Grand Canyon Women's Invitational Tuesday. The tournament's second day featured much lower scores than Monday's opening round, but the Wildcats could not take full advantage and dropped from a third-place tie into seventh in the highly-competitive 17-team field.

Nine of golfstat.com's top teams in the nation took part in the event. The Wildcats, who entered the tournament ranked No. 12 in the nation, saw No. 4 Western Washington claim the tournament title. The Vikings defeated 15th-ranked St. Martin's by five strokes, 18th-ranbked Northeastern State and 20th-ranked St. Edwards University by six strokes, 13th-ranked Western New Mexico by eight strokes, and 16th-ranked Grand Canyon by 10 strokes. The Wildcats finished two strokes behind Grand Canyon and 12 strokes off the lead.

Leong finished the tournament 5-over par and eight strokes off the lead. Denise Canadas finished in a tie for 20th place at 13-over par. Alicia Ambrosini, who fired a 77 on the first day, struggled to an 82 Tuesday and tied for 30th. Caitlin Munroe finished in a tie for 32nd at 16-over par, and Amanda Edgar fought back from an opening-day 85 to finish in a tie for 57th in the 85-player field.

The Wildcats return home to host the Chico State Wells Fargo Invitational at the Butte Cree Country Club April 10-11 in the final tuneup before the Division II West Regional they hope to be a part of May 1-2.

Wildcats five strokes behind leader after opening round
GOODYEAR, AZ - The Chico State women's golf team sits in third place, just five strokes behind the leader after the first day of play at the Grand Canyon Women's Invite at Palm Valley Golf Club.

The Wildcats posted a 311 in the opening round and are three strokes behind second-place St. Mary's University out of Texas. Western Washington leads the tournament with a score of 306.

Chico State's Katie Leong, tied for ninth overall, shot a 33 on the opening nine holes, but struggled a bit on the back nine to post a 76, four strokes behind the leaders. Alicia Ambrosini 38-39-77 sits tied for 14th. Denise Canadas (40-38-78) is tied for 18th. Caitlin Munroe (38-42-80) finished tied for 30th and Amanda Edgar (43-42-85) is tied for 55th overall.

Jessica McKay (37-35-72) from Grand Canyon and Rachel Clark (37-35-72) from West Texas-A&M are tied for the tournament lead after the opening round.

The tournament concludes on Tuesday with another 18 holes.

Wildcats win Lady Otter Invitational
MONTEREY - The Chico State women's golf team, which held a slim two-shot lead after the opening round on Monday, fired a 325 today to win the Lady Otter Invitational championship by 14 strokes.

"It feels great to win any tournament," said Wildcat coach Kathy Dais. "But this being our first time down here and winning a difficult course like Bayonet makes it very exciting."

Katie Leong took top medalist honors, followed by teammate Caitie Munroe. Denise Canadas also finished in the top ten, taking seventh place overall. Leong led throughout the tournament, taking a two-stroke lead into Tuesday's final round. She was the only golfer in the 81-player field to shot in the 70s both rounds.

Top Five Teams:
1 Chico State 329 325 654
2 St. Edwards Univ. 339 329 668
3 CSU-Monterey Bay 344 332 676
4 Berry College 331 349 680
5 Mesa State College 351 349 700

Chico State
1 Katie Leong 79- 78- 157
2 Caitie Munroe 83- 79- 162
7 Denise Canadas 82- 84- 166
T12 Alicia Ambrosini 85- 84- 169
T23 Amanda Edgar 90- 84- 174

Chico State in first place after opening day of play
MONTEREY - The Chico State women's golf team is in first place after the opening round of play at the Lady Otter Invitational in Monterey.

Chico is in the lead with a team score of 329, followed by Berry College at 331.

1 CSU-Chico State 329
1 Katie Leong 40- 39 79
T5 Denise Canadas 40- 42 82
T7 Caitie Munroe 42- 41 83
T13 Alicia Ambrosini 42- 43 85
T35 Amanda Edgar 41- 49 90

Wildcats finish sixth in strong field at Rattler Invitational
Denise Canadas finishes 11th among individuals
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - The Chico State women's golf team finished sixth in a field of 19 teams at the St. Mary's Rattler Invitational played at the Golf Club of Texas in San Antonio Sunday and Monday. Denise Canadas carded a 155 over two rounds to finish 11th overall. Katie Leong's 157 was good for a tie for 14th place.

Chico State was in fourth after the first day, but tournament host St. Mary's and Hawaii-Hilo passed the Wildcats, who carded a 324 after their 316 on Monday. Caitlin Munroe finished tied for 29th with a 164, Molly Parsons tied for 27th at 165, and Amanda Edgar's 169 was good for a 49th-place tie.

The tournament was the first of the spring for the Wildcats, who had their best fall in recent memory and are now off to a good start in the spring. The Wildcats will next take part in the CSU Monterey Bay Tournament at Blackhorse Golf Course March 6-7.

Wildcats win first Mauna Lani Intercollegiate Golf Tournament in sudden death playoff
Katie Leong nips teammate Denise Canadas to earn individual crown
MAUNA LANI, Hi. - Katie Leong and Denise Canadas each carded a 76 and the Chico State women's golf team defeated host Hawaii-Hilo in a sudden death playoff to earn the first-ever Mauna Lani Intercollegiate Golf Tournament title. Leong held of Canadas and Hawaii-Hilo's Jayna Shimomura to win the individual title by one stroke.

Amanda Edgar and Dacia Dyer both fired 81s Tuesday to finish in a tie for 6th place overall. Julia Elwood carded her second straight 85 to finish 10th.

Leong's first-round low total of 75 gave her some wiggle room for Tuesday's second and final round. She needed it as Shimomura carded a 75 and Canadas matched her stroke-for-stroke with a 76.

Wildcats finish third in 23-team tournament
Katie Leong finishes one stroke behind individual champion
SEASIDE - It was another good showing for the Chico State women's golf team. The Wildcats finished third out of the 23-team field at the Lady Otter Invitational held at Bayonet/Blackhorse Golf Course.

Chico State (327-333-660) was five strokes shy of second-place San Diego State (326-329-655). Western Washington (319-315-634) won the event by 21 strokes for its fourth tournament victory of the year.

Wildcat sophomore Katie Leong (78-77-155) tied for second overall in the 117-player field, just one shot behind the winner Katja Trygg (79-75-154) of Western Washington.

Alicia Ambrosini (82-83-165) tied for 15th, while Amanda Edgar (83-87-170) and Denise Canadas (84-86-170) ended the tournament tied for 28th. Chico's final player, Dacia Dyer, withdrew during the second round.

Next up is the Mauna Lani Intercollegiate Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Hawaii. Both the Chico State women's and men's team will be competing.

Chico State finishes third in Western Washington tournament
Leong and Canadas finish among top ten individuals
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Not much changed in the second day of the Western Washington Invitational held at Bellingham Golf and Country Club. Chico State entered the day five stokes behind second-place Western New Mexico and shot a final round 324 to finish third, six strokes behind New Mexico.

Host Western Washington took a 32-stroke lead into the final round and stretched it to a 53-shot advantage for its third straight win of the season. Katja Trygg won top individual medalist by 11 strokes over teammate Catherine Kim.

Chico State's Katie Leong finished tied for third and Denise Canadas tied for sixth overall.

Chico Players
3 - CSU-Chico State, 334 - 317 - 324 - 975
T 3 - Katie Leong, 80 - 75 - 80 - 235
T 6 - Denise Canadas, 80 - 79 - 79 - 238
T 19 - Dacia Dyer, 87 - 80 - 83 - 250
T 25 - Julia Elwood, 87 - 83 - 82 - 252
37 - Alicia Ambrosini, 89 - 92 - 86 - 267

Wildcats in third place after two rounds
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Chico State stood in third place after the first two rounds at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club with 651 shots, while tournament host Western Washington had the lead at 614, and Western New Mexico was second with 646.

Western Washington's Katja Trygg held the individual lead at 1-under 145 for a nine-shot advantage in the fourth annual tournament, which concludes with a single round today in Bellingham, Wash.

Chico State's Katie Leong was third with a 155 after rounds of 80 and 75. Wildcat teammate Denise Canadas tied for eighth (159), Dacia Dyer was tied for 19th (167), Julia Elwood was tied for 27th (170) and Alicia Ambrosini was tied for 38th (181).