Aronsson Tied For Fourth At PING/ASU Invitational
April 10, 2010
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Senior Molly Aronsson shot her second-consecutive under-par round on Saturday to move up the leaderboard into a tie for fourth after two rounds of the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course. Aronsson is 3-under (141) overall, four strokes behind leader Krista Merkle of Tulsa.
'She had five birdies and three of them were tap ins, so she is hitting the ball really well,' said coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'She looks comfortable and confident out there right now.'
Aronsson, who with the rest of the Huskies teed off from the 10th hole, carded two of her birdies on the first nine and three in her second. The only blemishes on her scorecard were a bogey on No. 18 and a double-bogey six on the Par-4 No. 2 hole. She ended her round with a birdie on No. 9 to move into a six-way tie for fourth.
Aronsson was the only Husky in negative numbers on Saturday. Karinn Dickinson shot the next best round at 2-over 74 - a vast improvement from her first round 86. Anya Alvarez was +5 (77), Sadena Parks +7 (79) and Darcie Richmond +11 (83).
Alvarez was having a fine round and was even par as she stepped onto the tee box of her final hole. Unfortunately, she hit two balls into the water and had to count a nine on the Par 4 ninth hole. She wasn't the only one who had an odd hole, as Parks had a two-stroke penalty on No. 18.
'If you take away Anya's final hole and Sadena's two-stroke penalty, that's a seven-stroke swing and we'd move up several spots on the leaderboard,' said Mulflur. 'As I told the ladies, if we don't shoot ourselves in the foot, we would be fine.'
The Dawgs collectively shot a +12 (300) on the day and are 26-over for the tournament. For a second-consecutive day the Dawgs are 15th out of 17 teams.
Host Arizona State leads the tourney at 11-under (565). USC is second - six strokes off the pace. UCLA and Denver are tied for third at +1.
Individually, Alvarez is tied for 32nd at +3 overall (147). Dickinson and Richmond are tied for 82nd, while Parks is 86th.
The Huskies are scheduled to begin teeing off at 8:10 a.m. on Sunday morning for the final round.
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