Women's Golf in 10th After Day Two at The Farms Invite
April 1, 2013
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - San Diego State senior Christine Wong (Richmond, B.C.) fired a 2-over 74 on Monday to lead the Aztec women's golf team during the second round of the inaugural SDSU Farms Invitational at The Farms Golf Course. As a team, the Aztecs slipped one notch into 10th place after shooting a combined 316 for a two-day total of 51-over 627 on the par-72, 6,211-yard track.
Wong matched her second-lowest score of the spring season, which featured two birdies on the back nine, to climb seven spots into a five-way tie for 18th place out of 84 golfers at 7-over 151.
Conversely, freshman Emma Henrikson (Malmö, Sweden) and sophomore transfer Paige Spiranac (Scottsdale, Ariz.), who were tied for 19th after the first round, both experienced a reversal of fortune on Monday to fall out of the top 20. Despite draining a pair of birdies, Henrikson was undone by three bogeys and pair of triple-bogeys, slipping into a tie for 33rd at 11-over 155 after carding a 79. Spiranac, meanwhile, suffered a more precipitous drop, plunging into a tie for 41st following a second-round 81, which was marred by three double-bogeys.
Similarly, sophomore Kristina Lynn (Carlsbad, Calif.) tumbled eight spots into a tie for 63rd at 21-over 165 after recording an 82 on Monday. Despite finishing with two pars and a birdie on her final three holes, Lynn was unable to overcome a slow start with seven bogeys on the front nine.
Rounding out the SDSU starting five was sophomore Amy Alston (Mission Viejo, Calif.), who fired a second-round 82 to jump five places into a tie for 72nd at 26-over 170. After struggling with three straight double-bogeys on her final three holes of the front nine, Alston shot even-par the rest of the way, highlighted by a team-high four birdies.
Two individual golfers also saw action for the Scarlet and Black, as junior Maureen Dunnagan (Lexington, S.C.) posted an 84 to tie for 66th at 22-over 166, while fellow classmate Rebecca Schneider (Cave Creek, Ariz.) shot an 88 to wind up in the 80th with a collective 31-over 175. USC (+11) maintained its perch atop the team standings after extending its lead to 13 shots over second-place UNLV (+24), while Pepperdine (+28), Arizona (+28) and Texas (+33) comprise the remainder of the top five.
Sophia Popov of USC (-1) rocketed to the top of the individual leaderboard on Monday after carding a tournament-low 69 to take a two-stroke lead over Northwestern's Kaitlin Park (+1), while Liv Cheng of Pepperdine (+2) and Long Beach State's Shawnee Martinez (+3) remain in contention, along with Desiree Dubreuil of Texas (+4), Arizona's Manon Gidali (+4) and Kyung Kim (+4) and Annie Park (+4) of USC.
The Aztecs look to regroup on Tuesday in their last tune-up before the Mountain West championships at the end of the month, as the SDSU Farms Invitational concludes with final-round action, beginning at 7:30 a.m. PT. The Scarlet and Black are slated to tee off at that time with New Mexico and Long Beach State on the No. 10 hole.
SDSU Farms Invitational The Farms Golf Club Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Par 72, 6,211 yards Round Two Results
Team Results (Top 5 of 15 and SDSU) 1. USC 298-289--587 (+11) 2. UNLV 302-298--600 (+24) T3. Arizona 306-298--604 (+28) T3. Pepperdine 303-301--604 (+28) 5. Texas 303-306--609 (+33) -- 10. San Diego State 311-316--627 (+51)
Individual Results (Top 5 of 84 and SDSU) 1. Sophia Popov, USC 74-69--143 (-1) 2. Kaitlin Park, Northwestern 73-72--145 (+1) 3. Liv Cheng, Pepperdine 73-73--146 (+2) 4. Shawnee Martinez, Long Beach State 73-74--147 (+3) T5. Manon Gidali, Arizona 72-76--148 (+4) T5. Annie Park, USC 77-71--148 (+4) T5. Kyung Kim, USC 72-76--148 (+4) T5. Desiree Dubreuil, Texas 75-73--148 (+4) -- T18. Christine Wong, SDSU 77-74--151 (+7) T33. Emma Henrikson, SDSU 76-79--155 (+11) T41. Paige Spiranac, SDSU 76-81--157 (+13) T63. Kristina Lynn, SDSU 82-83--165 (+21) T66. Maureen Dunnagan, SDSU* 82-85--167 (+23) T72. Amy Alston, SDSU 88-82--170 (+26) 80. Rebecca Schneider, SDSU* 87-88--175 (+31)
*competed as individuals