ART U Wins 2015 California Baptist Women's Invite

WGOLF - Crystal Wang (by Andrew Shortall)

Crystal Wang. Photo by Andrew Shortall.

Another solid team effort in the final round on Feb. 24 allowed Academy of Art University’s women’s golf team to win its first tournament since 2012, as the Urban Knights took the team title at the 2015 CBU Women’s Invitational hosted by California Baptist at Victoria Golf Course.

The Urban Knights had three players finish among the top 10 and all five of their players in the top 25. ART U posted the third-best team score with a 316 and finished the tournament with a 628 total score. Its closest competitor after Monday’s first round, Dixie State, fell all the way back to fourth with a plus-9 differential from the opening round. Host California Baptist finished second, four strokes back at 632.

“I am so happy with the girls’ performance,” said ART U head coach Elaine Harris. “They have been working really hard this off-season and the results are proof at this tournament.”

Sophomore Crystal Wang (Interior Architecture & Design) repeated her strong play from Monday to earn silver medalist honors, finishing two strokes behind individual medalist Tina Yang of California Baptist. Wang eagled her final hole for the second straight day to complete a second round score of 77. She finished as the only player in the tournament who had any eagles.

The biggest clutch performance of the day came from sophomore Roxanne Matta (Web Design + New Media), who stepped up and tied for the lowest round of the day with a 76. That came on the heels of a nine-over 81 on Monday that had her sitting in 15th place. Tuesday’s performance jumped her nine spots to a sixth-place showing.

“Roxanne placed sixth and after a hard day,” said Harris. “She came back with a solid 76. I am so proud of these girls and look forward to playing next weekend at Hiddenbrooke.”

Matta’s performance was crucial for ART U’s title bid, as it filled in for freshman Sterling Hawkins (Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media), who had a strong first round but fell back to shoot a 13-over 85 in the finale and finish tied for 17th. Freshman Shu-lin Lin (Game Development) stayed consistent and shot an 80 after a 79 to finish tied for eighth.