Ciganda Tied for Lead at Pac-10 Championships

April 24, 2009

The top-ranked Arizona State University women's golf team finished third after day one of the 2009 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships presented by Duramed. The Sun Devils shot a 9-over 293 to finish two shots behind first-place UCLA and one shot off second place USC. The Pac-10 Championships are being held at the par 71, 6,148-yard Stanford University Golf Course.

'I'm actually very happy that we finished only two shots back,' said seventh year head coach Melissa Luellen.

Carlota Ciganda led the Sun Devils. Ciganda is currently in a two-way tie for first with USC's Jennifer Song. Both Ciganda and Song are freshmen. Ciganda used two birdies to finish the first round 1-under 70.

'Carlota was extremely patient, that was her goal,' said Luellen. 'She finished strong with a birdie on the last hole. She was very happy about that.'

Jennifer Osborn finished round one at 1-over 72. Osborn is currently tied for fourth. Osborn's fellow senior, Azahara Munoz finished the day tied for ninth. Munoz shot a 2-over 73 to be the third Sun Devil in the top 10.

'Jen is playing great, she is putting all the bad shots behind her,' said Luellen. 'Aza's playing fine. She's missed a few birdies but she just needs to be patient.'

Jaclyn Sweeney carded a 7-over 78 while Juliana Murcia finished 9-over 80.

'We're not going to be paired with the top teams tomorrow, but I think it will be an opportunity for us to play aggressive and get some birdies,' said Luellen. 'We'll work to get that good pairing for the final round.'

The Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships presented by Duramed will continue through Sunday.

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