SALINAS (9-26) - The Banana Slugs did not have to travel far to participate in the California Bays Invitational at Corral De Tierra Country Club in Salinas, which marked their third invitational of the season. The Banana Slugs competition featured seven NCAA Division II schools and one NAIA school.
In the first round, Sarah Shi led the Banana Slugs with an 88 (+16). Jessica Salazar shot a 94 (+22) which tied her with Jennifer Eleccion of Dominican University (CA). Kylie Edwards shot a 98 (+26). Sean Hong shot a first round score of 99 (+27). Maia Dupuis rounded out the Banana Slugs on the day with a score of 102 (+30) which tied her with Joy Abad of Dominican (CA).
In the second round, Shi shot a 94 (+22) for a total tournament score of 182 (+38). The +38 included eleven pars over the two-day tournament. Shi finished tied for 38th along with Eleccion. Salazar shot a second round 89 (+17) for a two-round total of 183 (+39) which placed her in 44th. Edwards shot a 95 (+23) for a total score of 193 (+39) placing her 48th. Hong shot a 99 (+27) for a total score of 198 (+54) which placed her in 49th. Dupuis shot 99 (+27) for a total score of 201 (+57) for a 52nd place finish.
"The golf course was a little bit more difficult than our last two DIII events," said head coach Paulette Pera. "The scores at the last two DIII events were as low or even lower than the DII tournament. That is how fickle this sport is. It can be very humbling."
Linnea Karlsson of CSU Monterey Bay won the individual competition. CSU Monterey Bay won the team competition while UC Santa Cruz finished ninth in the team competition.
The next time the Banana Slugs will hit the links will be October 7th-8th at the Culturame Classic at Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby, Oregon.