Raastad Keys Final-Round TCU Surge

April 1, 2012

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Rachel Raastad carded a 68 while Brooke Beeler recorded an eagle to lead a final round TCU surge Sunday that moved the Horned Frogs into a fourth-place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

Raastad recorded four birdies and just one bogey en route to tying for third place individually, her best finish in a tournament since being the runner-up at the 2010 Mountain West Championships. All four of Raastad's birdies came in a 10-hole stretch. Her two-lowest rounds of the season occurred in the tournament's final two days. She had an even-par 71 Saturday.

Raastad's 3-under-par 68 marked her lowest round since a 67 in her second collegiate tournament on Sept. 23, 2008 at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

A senior from Asker, Norway, Raastad concluded play with a 1-over 214 to place just two strokes behind co-medalists Ani Gulugian of UCLA and Demi Runas of UC Davis.

Raastad is the third Horned Frog to post a top-five finish this season and the fourth with a top-15 result.

Beeler recorded her second eagle of the spring on the par 5, 484-yard fifth hole. She added two birdies, including on her opening hole, en route to a final-round 74 to tie for 24th.

The PING/ASU Invitational featured nine teams ranked in the top 25, including five in the top 10. The 42nd-ranked Horned Frogs finished ahead of No. 3 USC, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 8 LSU, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Arizona, No. 23 Washington, No. 26 UC Davis, No. 31 Texas and No. 39 Stanford.

TCU's final round 9-over 293 tied for the tournament's third-lowest score on the day. The Horned Frogs were consistent over the weekend, shooting a 292 Friday and a 294 Saturday.

Top-ranked UCLA won the team title with a 5-over 857, 12 strokes ahead of No. 5 and host Arizona State. TCU was 22 shots off the pace with an 879.

April McCoy and Sanna Nuutinen added a final-round 75 and 76, respectively, for TCU. McCoy, who tied for 26th individually, had a pair of birdies on the back nine. Nuutinen birdied three of her opening eight holes.

TCU returns to action April 20 at the Mountain West Championships in Phoenix, Ariz. The Horned Frogs are the defending league champions.

Team Scores
1. UCLA - 284-281-292=857
2. Arizona State - 280-298-291=869
3. Texas A&M - 287-287-300=874
4. TCU - 292-294-293=879
T5. USC - 289-299-293=881
T5. UC Davis - 286-292-303=881
7. Texas - 289-285-309=883
8. UNLV - 287-295-302=884
9. LSU - 294-285-306=885
10. Arizona - 291-297-301=889
11. Stanford - 284-298-308=890
12. Vanderbilt - 295-299-305=899
13. Oklahoma State - 296-297-307=900
T14. New Mexico - 302-291-313=906
T14. Washington - 298-296-312=906
16. San Diego State - 302-298-315=915
17. Oregon State - 306-313-308=927

TCU Scores
T3. Rachel Raastad - 75-71-68=214
T24. Brooke Beeler - 71-76-74=221
T26. April McCoy - 72-75-75=222
T46. Sanna Nuutinen - 76-74-76=226
T51. Alexandra Bonetti - 74-74-79=227