Alvarez and Aronsson Lead Dawgs In The Desert

April 9, 2010

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Anya Alvarez shot a 2-under-par 70 and Molly Aronsson a 1-under 71 to lead the Huskies in the first round of the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course. Alvarez is tied for sixth, while Aronsson is tied for 11th.

'Anya and Molly played great,' said Husky coach Mary Lou Mulflur. 'They've both been working so hard. It's nice to finally see them get rewarded for it.'

Despite Alvarez and Aronsson's efforts, as a collective group, the Huskies are 15th out of 17 teams at +14 (302). Host Arizona State, the defending national champions, leads the three-round tournament at -9 (279). USC is second and Purdue is third. Four teams -- including Alabama, UCLA, New Mexico and Denver -- are tied for fourth at +3.

The Huskies teed off from the back nine and played strong in their first nine. Alvarez grabbed the early tournament lead after a birdie on No. 13 followed by an eagle on No. 14 that left her at 3-under. She would bogey No. 17 to make the turn at 2-under par. Aronsson was even at the turn, carding pars on all nine holes.

On the back, Alvarez played even par golf, while Aronsson made a move on the leaders. She birdied No. 1 and eagled No. 5 to get to three under, but bogeyed two of the final four holes to end her round at 1-under.

Sophomore Darcie Richmond played a solid final nine holes, shooting a 1-over 36. She was 4-over on her first nine and ended the round at +5 (77) and tied for 67th.

Junior Karinn Dickinson was playing for the first time since suffering a contusion on her right tibia after being struck by a golf cart. She was solid in her first nine -- her only black mark being a double-bogey on the par-3 12th hole. On the second nine, Dickinson's game fell apart and so did her health. He ankle started swelling up and she shot 12-over, including a quadruple-bogey 8 on No. 3.

'She was okay for the first nine, but it just kind of started hurting on the back,' said Mulflur of Dickinson. 'She would never admit it, but it's hard to not think it didn't affect her play. She is icing it like heck but it just keeps swelling up. It's too bad.'

Sadena Parks never really got on track on Friday. She shot 42's on both the front and back and ended up at +12 by day's end.

Arizona State's Carlota Ciganda and Tulsa's Kristina Merkle share the top of the leaderboard at 4-under 68. Three players are third, one stroke behind, including ASU's Jennifer Johnson and a pair of USC golfers -- Lizette Salas and Jennifer Song.

Team Results:
15. Washington, +14 (302)

Husky Individuals:
T6. Anya Alvarez, -2 (70)
T11. Molly Aronsson, -1 (71)
T67. Darcie Richmond, +5 (77)
87. Sadena Parks, +12 (84)
T88. Karinn Dickinson, +14 (86)

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