Career Round Propels Aronsson To Top Of Leaderboard

March 1, 2010

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - A career-best round of 5-under-par 67 gave Husky women's golf senior Molly Aronsson a share of the lead at the Bruin Wave Invitational on Monday. Washington combined as a team to shoot a 4-over-par 292 and they sit tied for fifth with Stanford after round one of three from the Valley Course at Robinson Ranch.

Aronsson played bogey-free and made a dramatic move up the leaderboard on the back nine of the par-72, 6,282-yard course to earn a first place tie with Pepperdine's Danielle Kang. The Shelburne, Vt., native birdied three-straight on No. 12, 13 and 14 before closing out her round with a birdie on No. 18.

In all, three of the five Huskies birdied No. 18 to help UW gain strokes at the end of the round - the lone exception of the four counting scorers being Karinn Dickinson. But, Dickinson was steady for most of the day, shooting a 2-over 74 to tie with a handful of golfers for 31st. Dickinson did not convert any birdies during her round but stayed out of relative trouble with just two bogeys.

Sadena Parks had the next best round by a Husky and is in 38th place. She was +3 as she made the turn at nine, but did a great job of steadying herself on the back. Parks finished her round with a birdie on No. 18 and finished with a 75 (+3).

Anya Alvarez is tied for 46th at 4-over 76, but made a nice birdie on 18 to gain momentum heading into Tuesday's second round. She and sophomore Darcie Richmond each fell victim to No. 15 - a 394-yard par-four hole that was playing toughest on the course throughout the day - with a double bogey. Richmond ended her day at +5 (77) and tied for 49th.

Arizona leads the tournament after a 5-under 283, while UCLA is tied for second with USC at 2-under. Pepperdine sits alone in fourth after an even par 288.

The Huskies start teeing off at 8:45 a.m. for Tuesday's second round.

Team Standings
1.Arizona, -5 (283)
T2. UCLA, -2 (286)
T2. Southern California, -2 (286)
4. Pepperdine, E (288)
T5. Washington, +4 (292)
T5. Stanford, +4 (292)

UW Individual Scores:
T1. Molly Aronsson, -5 (67)
T31. Karinn Dickinson, +2 (74)
T38. Sadena Parks, +3 (75)
T46. Anya Alvarez, +4 (76)
T49. Darcie Richmond, +5 (77)

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