ASU Women's Golf Team in Third Place After Two Rounds of Cal Invitational

March 7, 2006

GUADALAJARA , Mexico - The No. 2 Arizona State women's golf team moved up two spots to third place after shooting an even-par 288 in the second round of the Cal Guadalajara Invitational, taking place at the Guadalajara Country Club in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Sun Devils' second round score was nine shots better than Monday's score of 297 (+9) which had them in fifth place after the first round of competition. ASU's two-day score of 585 (+9) trails the front running No. 7 USC Trojans (575, -1) and No. 3 UCLA (578, +2). After two rounds, the Sun Devils held a five-shot lead over the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils (590), who fell to fourth place after shooting a 297 (+9) in the second round. Rounding out the top-five of the 11-team field was No. 8 Georgia, which shot a +13 (301), giving it an overall score of 595, 20 strokes behind the lead and 10 strokes behind the Sun Devils.

'Our team played better today,' said ASU women's golf coach Melissa Luellen. 'We shot even par and had a very solid round of golf. I'm really proud of the team for hanging in there the way they did today.'

All four of ASU's scoring golfers improved their scores from Monday led by junior Tiffany Tavee, who moved up 11 spots from 16th to fifth place (145, +1) after shooting a 71 (-1) in the second round. Freshmen Jennifer Osborn (146, +2) and Azahara Munoz (147, +3) finished the day tied for 10th and 14th place, respectively, after both golfers shot an even-par score of 72. Senior Alissa Kuczka shot a +1 (73) in the second round and ended the round tied for 14th place (147) with Munoz and one other golfer. Also competing for the Sun Devils was sophomore Brooke Todare, who shot a 77 (+5) and is currently tied for 30th place (153).

'We really want to go out and have another solid round again tomorrow,' said Luellen. 'Being able to come out of this tournament with a top-two finish would be great. We just need to go out and have a great finish and see what happens.'

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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