Junior Noelle Zavaleta of the No. 69-ranked Long Beach State women’s golf team fell two strokes short of capturing the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate title at Half Moon Bay, Calif. on Tuesday as she finished in a tie for second place.
Zavaleta, who moved up five spots in the third round to tie with Oregon’s Ashley Edwards, carded a final score of 4-over-par 220 as she recorded a 1-under 71 total in the final day of competition.
Texas A&M’s No. 43 Katerina Ruzickova, who began the final round tied for seventh place, claimed the individual crown after shooting a stellar 3-under 69 Tuesday to finish with an overall score of 2-over 218.
Meanwhile, on the team leaderboard, the 49ers dropped one spot from Monday’s result to tie for third place in the 12-team field with No. 17 UC Davis as both teams registered a score of 41-over 905.
No. 37 Oregon captured the team title after carding a 27-over 891 — one stroke ahead of Texas A&M — while three Ducks players cracked the top-10 in the overall individual leaderboard.
LBSU’s day was plagued by the struggles of Monica Villarreal, who shot an 11-over 83 after collecting two double-bogeys and seven bogeys without a single birdie.
Villarreal, who began the day tied for 13th place, slipped into a tie for a 41st place finish as she posted a total of 17-over 233.
Teammate Reina Rogers dropped three spots, but held steady as she managed to tie for 10th place with an 8-over 224.
Sophomore Simone Hoey, however, climbed up three spots on the day as she finished in a tie for 23rd at 12-over 228. Hoey shot her best round of the tournament Tuesday (3-over 75) with eight pars on the back-nine.
Freshman Rochelle Chan, the other remaining ‘Niners player in the tournament playing as an individual, fell three spots and carded a 32-over 248 to finish in 67th in the 68-player field.
The Beach won’t return to action until the Big West Conference Championship on April 17-19 in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.