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Unbeaten Vaqueros cruise to victory in WSC No. 3

Danielle Ruffo turned in a season-best 82 to help the Vaqueros to an easy win in WSC No. 3. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Danielle Ruffo turned in a season-best 82 to help the Vaqueros to an easy win in WSC No. 3. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

Santa Barbara City College dominated WSC women's golf tournament No. 3 on Monday with a 320 score that was 70 strokes better than runner-up Citrus.

Vanessa Watkins, a freshman from Arroyo Grande, earned her first medalist honor with a 5-over 77. She shared the medalist award with teammate Yu-Hsin (Carolin) Chang who had three birdies in her round of 77 at Elkins Ranch GC in Fillmore.

Daniela Ruffo, a freshman from Coronado, Calif., shot a season-best 82 for the unbeaten Vaqueros (33-0, 18-0). Danielle Picard carded an 83 and Savanah Boss shot 84.

"The putting was a little tough today because they just punched the greens a week ago," said SBCC coach Chuck Melendez. "Still, we shot 21 strokes better than last year on this course.

"Carolin was steady and Vanessa brought it back after being a little frustrated after 10 holes. Dani Ruffo is really improving (shooting nine strokes better than last Monday)."

The Vaqueros will host the North-South Invitational, featuring all the top teams in California, on Sunday and Monday at Morro Bay Golf Course at 8:30 a.m. The Morro Bay course is the same site where SBCC won its fourth state championship last year and will be the host of this year's state championship on Nov. 13-14.

WSC No. 3
At par-72 Elkins Ranch GC

 Team – 1, SBCC 320. 2, Citrus 390. 3, Antelope Valley 405, 4, Bakersfield 408. 5 (tie), Canyons, Glendale, Moorpark, no score.
 Medalist – 1 (tie), Carolin Chang, SBCC, 77; Vanessa Watkins, SBCC, 77.
 SBCC scores – 1 (tie), Chang, Watkins 77. Daniela Ruffo 82, Danielle Picard 83, Savanah Boss 84, Corina Garcia 100.
 WSC standings – 1, SBCC 18-0. 2, Citrus 15-3. 3, Antelope Valley 12-6. 5, Bakersfield 3-15. 6 (tie) Canyons, Glendale, Moorpark 0-18.