Golfer Munoz in First Leading into Final Round of the NCAA Championships

May 22, 2008

The No. 4 Arizona State women's golf team is currently in third place at the NCAA Championships at the 6,424-yard, par-72 University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course. Although three Sun Devils still have holes from round three left to play, the team has shot 26-over. The Sun Devils are currently 13 strokes behind leader USC and 10 strokes behind second place UCLA. The competition has been fighting weather issues all week as there was a lightening delay today and yesterday's play was suspended due to high winds. Play was called early again today due to nightfall.

Not only has Azahara Munoz been leading the Sun Devils through the tournament, she is also in first place in the competition. The junior All-American, who was named Golf World's Best Player You've Maybe Never Heard of this past December, will lead the field into the final day at 2-under 214 (69-72-73).

'I am thrilled that Aza is in contention for the national championship,' said head coach Melissa Luellen.

Sophomore All-American Anna Nordqvist carded the Sun Devils low score of the round at even par. Nordqvist is currently tied for eighth at 4-over 220 (75-73-72).

'Our two stars Aza and Anna have been playing beautiful,' said Luellen.

Three Sun Devils were unable to finish competition before nightfall. Currently on the 17th Hole, Juliana Murcia is 2-over on the day, putting her at 10-over total. Junior All-American Jennifer Osborn is 11-over with one hole left of the third round. Liisa Kelo is currently 8-over on the day with two holes left to play.

'If we can make pars on our last hole tomorrow, we will be in the first group which will help us,' said Luellen.

The NCAA Women's Golf Championships will conclude tomorrow. Live scoring can be found on www.golfstat.com.

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