ASU Women's Golf Team in Fifth Place After First Round of Cal Invitational

March 6, 2006

GUADALAJARA , Mexico - The No. 2 Arizona State women's golf team is currently in fifth place after the first round of the Cal Guadalajara Invitational, taking place at the Guadalajara Country Club in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Sun Devils shot a 297 (+9) for the round, which puts them six strokes behind the first-place and No. 3 ranked UCLA Bruins, who shot a 291 (+3). In second place is No. 7 USC (292, +4) followed by the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils in third place (293, +5) and No. 8 Georgia (204, +6) in fourth place.

'I thought we played a very consistent round of golf today,' said ASU women's golf coach Melissa Luellen. 'We were not great, but we were not bad either. Overall we are a little flat. We are playing on the kind of golf course which takes a couple of days to become comfortable with and understand. I think the scores will be better tomorrow.'

Individually speaking, three Sun Devils - freshman Jennifer Osborn, junior Tiffany Tavee and senior Alissa Kuczka - are tied for 16th place. Each golfer shot a 74 (+2) for the day, which puts them five strokes behind the current leader, Paige Mackenzie (69, -3) of Washington. The fourth golfer contributing to ASU's team score was freshman Azahara Munoz, who is tied for 22nd place after shooting a 75 (+3). Also competing for the Sun Devils was sophomore Brooke Todare, who shot a 76 (+4) and is currently tied for 30th place.

'It was a good start,' added Luellen. 'Six of the 11 teams competing here are in the top 10 and so it is going to be competitive. I'm sure we are going to see a better round of golf from the Sun Devils tomorrow.'

The Sun Devils are seeking their consecutive tournament victory after posting wins at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge (Feb. 13-15) and the Wildcat Invitational (Feb. 20-21).

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