VENTURA (9-19) - The Banana Slugs traveled to Southern California to take part in the California State Intercollegiate at the Olivas Links in Ventura. The Banana Slugs competition featured seven NCAA Division III schools, two NAIA schools and one NCCAA school.
In the first round, Jessica Salazar led the Banana Slugs with an 82 (+10) which tied her with Andi Chaloult of Pomona-Pitzer, Kirsten Contreras of University of La Verne and Katie Fyall and Madison Tjaden of Ottawa University (AZ). Sarah Shi shot an 85 (+13). Kylie Edwards shot an 87 (+15), which tied her with Kaitlin Robinson of Pomona-Pitzer, Mariola Szmit of Ottawa University (AZ) and Lexi Tunsad of Whittier College. Maia Dupuis shot a first round score of 96 (+24) which tied her with Aubri Blueeyes of Marymount California University. Sean Hong rounded out the Banana Slugs on the day with a score of 98 (+26) which tied her with Alexi Gonzalez of University of La Verne.
In the second round, the Banana Slugs showed marked improvement. As with the Lady Bulldogs Classic a week ago, Edwards and Shi had the lowest scores of the second round, with both ladies shooting an 80 (+8). Shi finished with a 165 (+21) which placed her in 39th and Edwards finished with a 167 (+23) which placed her in 40th. Salazar shot a second round 82 for a two-round total of 164 (+20) which tied her for 34th. Hong shot an 88 (+16) for a total score of 186 (+42) which placed her in 54th. Dupuis shot 91 (+19) for a total score of 187 (+43) for a 55th place finish. All total, the Slugs took 26 shots off their first round score and four of the five golfers had their personal best.
Kristin Elich of George Fox University won the individual competition, finishing at par 144 over the two rounds. George Fox won the team competition shooting 585, while UC Santa Cruz finished tenth with a 680 in the team competition.
The next time the Banana Slugs hit the links will be next week at the California Bays Tournament, hosted by Academy of Art University, at Corral De Tierra Country Club in Salinas.