Huskies Move Up To Fifth After Second Round Of Pac-10 Championships
April 24, 2007
SEATTLE - Led by the play of senior Amber Prange, Washington women's golf shot 20-over 308 in the second round to move up to fifth place at the Pac-10 Championships hosted by the Huskies at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle, Tuesday.
Washington began the day in seventh and improved its score by five strokes in the second round to move up two spots in the team standings. Prange finished the day in fourth place in the individual standings carding a 1-over 73 in the second round. Overall she is 4-over 148.
Arizona State leads the team race at 21-over 597, seven strokes ahead of UCLA (28-over 604. Arizona (37-over 613), USC (38-over 614) and Washington (45-over 621) rounded out the top five teams heading into Wednesday's final round. The Bruins tallied the low team score of the day with an 11-over 299 and Stanford, who was tied for fourth after the first round, moved down to seventh after a 27-over 315.
UCLA's Tiffany Joh turned in the best individual performance of the day, shooting a 2-under 70 that included eagles on the sixth and 13th holes. She is tied for second in the overall individual standings at even-par 144 with Stanford's Mari Chun. ASU freshman Anna Nordqvist leads the field at 4-under 140. She shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday after notching a 4-under 68 in the first round.
In addition to Prange, the Huskies continued to receive strong play from their true freshmen Christina Yoon and Molly Aronsson. Aronsson equaled Prange for recording the best round of the day with a 1-over 73 and sits in 21st place (12-over 156). Yoon wasn't able to duplicate her 73 from yesterday, but shot a 7-over 79 in the second round and is tied for 12th overall (8-over 152).
'We have a couple freshmen that have stepped up with Molly Aronsson shooting a one over today and Christina (Yoon) shooting a one over yesterday,' UW head coach Mary Lou Mulflur said. 'They have really made a huge difference, but you know each day is getting bigger. Everything is becoming much more important as we move along, but to do what we have done in the past couple of days, I am pretty pleased.'
In the hunt for a Pac-10 title is Prange who bettered her first round score by two strokes on Tuesday. She sank four birdies in the second round and sits seven shots behind leader Anna Nordqvist from Arizona State.
'Amber has been really solid for us the past couple of days, but that is what we expected out of her,' Mulflur said. 'It is her last home event and we have been giving her a lot of support. It is good to see her do well in that kind of situation. She is the kind of girl who contends for championships.'
After playing in 60-degree sunny weather on Monday, players on Tuesday had to deal with typical Northwest spring conditions - cool and cloudy, showers early in the day and wind. The weather didn't seem to bother Prange who continued to improve on a course she knows well.
'Overall I played well and I played smart,' Prange said. 'I managed myself when I needed to and I played aggressive when I needed to, but I played it safe at the same time. Some holes had a little more wind today, but I really didn't think about that. I was trying to take it one shot at a time, aiming for the fairway and the middle of the green.'
The other two players in the Husky lineup included redshirt-freshman Molly Boyle and junior Kim Shin. Boyle shot an 11-over 83 and is tied for 37th (21-over 165) and Shin shot a 21-over 93 and is 50th (32-over 176).
The Pac-10 Championships wrap up at Broadmoor Golf Club Wednesday with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Huskies, paired with California for the final round, will tee off from the first hole at 8:30 a.m. An awards ceremony will take place following the completion of play.
2007 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships
Broadmoor Golf Course; Seattle, Wash.
Par 72, 6,196-yards
April 23-25, 2007
Team Results - Second Round1. Arizona State 297-300-597, +212. UCLA 305-299-604, +283. Arizona 309-304-613, +374. USC 303-311-614, +385. Washington 313-308-621, +456. California 312-311-623, +477. Stanford 309-315-624, +488. Washington State 317-318-635, +599. Oregon 324-316-640, +6410. Oregon State 329-323-652, +76
Top-10 Individuals 1. Anna Nordqvist, Arizona State 68-72-140, -42. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 74-70-144, E2. Mari Chun, Stanford 71-73-144, E4. Amber Prange, Washington 75-73-148, +45. Alison Walshe, Arizona 75-74-149, +55. Juliana Murcia, Arizona State 76-73-149, +55. Paola Moreno, USC 72-77-149, +58. Sophia Janer, California 74-76-150, +59. Allison Goodman, California 73-68-151, +79. Hannah Jun, UCLA 79-72-151, +79. Sydnee Michaels, UCLA 74-77-151, +7