College Roundup

February 24, 2009


Fresno State Lexus Classic

FRESNO — UC Irvine, ranked No. 21, won its third tournament of the year, capturing the title at the Copper River Country Club Tuesday.

The Anteaters trailed San Francisco by one shot entering the final round and fired a 300 Tuesday to claim the title with a score of 891, one shot better than the the Dons (892). Long Beach State recorded the best round of the day with a score of 295 to finish in third (896) followed by UC Davis (899) in fourth and San Diego State in fifth (902).


It is the first time in program history that the Anteaters have won three tournaments in a single season.

Sophomore Hillary Packard continued her hot-hand with a fourth-place showing. Packard recorded a 54-hole total of 216 (71-72-73), which is her career-low for a three-round tournament. She led the field in par-five scoring with a 4.50 mark and was tied for third in birdies with 11. Senior Jane Chin carded a 218 (73-72-73) and tied for fifth place, while junior Patty Chawalitmetha, who led the tournament field with 42 pars, was 12th with a score of 223 (75-73-75). Junior Henna Cho tied for 46th with a 237 (78-79-80) and freshman Lalita Patipaksiri was 49th with a two-day total of 238 (82-77-79).


USC Collegiate Invitational

WESTLAKE VILLAGE — UC Irvine finished ninth in the invitational that concluded Tuesday at North Ranch Country Club.

Stanford won the 13-team tournament with a 54-hole score of 839, followed by BYU (849) and California (858). UCI’s final total was 882.

Stanford’s Steve Ziegler earned medalist honors with a three-round total of nine-under-par 204 after shooting a six-under 65 Tuesday.

Junior John Chin led the Anteaters with a 30th-place finish of 220 after shooting a 73 in the final round.

Sean Shahi (79) placed 36th at 221, Roberto Francioni (76) was 38th at 222, Cean Hayashi Geronimo (77) finished 48th at 225 and Max Greil (77) was 64th at 230. Shaun O’Meara, playing as an individual, shot an 83 Tuesday and finished 79th at 243.


Orange Coast 12, Chaffey 9

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Mykal Stokes, Brett Wallach and Scott Stidham produced an RBI each in the ninth inning to lead the Pirates to the nonconference win Tuesday.

OCC (8-5) rallied from an 8-4 deficit after three innings, and pulled away from a 9-9 tie, after Chaffey tied it up in the bottom of the eighth.

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