UC Irvine played their way into the NCAA National tournament to be hosted by Georgetown University, May 19-22, 2009. The Anteaters were led by Jane Chin’s 3rd place finish. Lalita Patipaksiri and Joy Trotter, both freshman, helped UCI get to the Nationals for the 3rd time in 5 years. Joy and Lalita both finished in a tie for 43rd place (107 players).
Joy had a shot at finishing 32nd but miss clubbed on her second shot and ended with a double bogey. Joy finished 12th in the nation in scoring on par 5’s with a 4.85 scoring average and was named to the All-Big West Conference All-Star team for the 2008/2009 season.
Lalita was slowed by an injured ankle but showed great character and perseverance by playing with the injury and making a strong showing in the Regionals.