Women's Golf Surges into First Place After Round Two

April 4, 2009

The Arizona State women's golf team surged into the lead after round two of the PING/ASU Invitational. After shooting a 3-over 291 on the second day, the Sun Devils moved up one spot to claim the lead from Purdue. The Sun Devils have totaled a 9-over 585 (294-291) over the two rounds and currently hold a five shot lead. The Sun Devils knocked in 16 birdies over the day.

'I thought we played a lot of really good golf today, much better than yesterday. It seemed a little sharper today,' said seventh year head coach Melissa Luellen. 'Our goal today was 18 birdies. I don't think we got that, it was a little tough in the windy conditions, but I was proud of the way they were looking to make birdies instead of being scared to make birdies.'

Junior Juliana Murcia led the Sun Devils. Murcia, whose parents are visiting from Colombia, finished on par after round two. She shot an even 144 (73-71) to go into the final round tied for fifth.

Jaclyn Sweeney moved into the top 10 after the second round. Sweeney carded 2-over 146 (74-72) after two rounds. Senior Jennifer Osborn also finished the second round in the top 10. Osborn will enter the final round tied for eighth at 3-over 147 (74-73). Carlota Ciganda had a solid day until hole 15 gave her some trouble resulting a triple bogey. Ciganda has shot a 4-over 148 (73-75) over the first two rounds and is tied for 13th.

'We ran into a couple of big holes which were uncharacteristic of a couple players,' said Luellen. 'We didn't play the 18th hole particularly well. We have the lead, we could have had a bigger lead.'

Giulia Molinaro carded 10-over (77-77) for the first two rounds. Liisa Kelo finished day two 14-over 158 (79-79).

'I know they really want to win their home tournament. We want to go out in style,' said Luellen. 'I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I think it will be fun. We need to keep up that aggressiveness and maybe we'll get 18 birdies tomorrow

The Sun Devils tee off at 8:50 tomorrow morning.

Munoz Update
Arizona State senior Azahara Munoz finished the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. One of three amateurs to make the cut after the second round, Munoz shot 5-over 77 in the third round to card 6-over 222 (71-74-77) over the three days. The Kraft Nabisco Championship will conclude tomorrow.

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