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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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Chico is in the lead with a team score of 329, followed by Berry College at 331.
1 CSU-Chico State 329
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).