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Aztec freshman Gioia Carpinelli tied for 23rd individually


Photo:  Georgia Lacey carded the Aztecs' low score of the day with a 70 in round two.  Courtesy

September 11, 2017 (Alberquerque) - The San Diego State women’s golf team finds itself tied for fifth place at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational after shooting a combined 5-over-par 581 during the first two rounds on Monday at the par-72, 6,317-yard UNM Championship Course.

Through 36 holes, the Aztecs share the fifth spot after posting scores of 294-287 to remain six strokes behind front-runner Oklahoma State (-1), while Arizona (E) occupies in second position, followed closely by Colorado (+2) and Northwestern (+2).

Individually, Gioia Carpinelli (Boppelsen, Switzerland) leads the Scarlet and Black after carding a collective 1-over 145 to finish the day in a tie for 23rd. In her very first collegiate tournament, the SDSU freshman completed a wild opening-round 73, offsetting four bogeys and a double bogey with a trio of birdies and an eagle on the par-4, 336-yard 15th, where she utilized a gap wedge from 92 yards away to find the bottom of the cup. The Swiss native delivered a more consistent effort in the afternoon, however, balancing two bogeys with a pair of birdies en route to a 72.  

Elsewhere, fellow teammates Haleigh Krause (Eugene, Ore.) and Sara Kjellker (Hollviken, Sweden) sit just one shot in back of Carpinelli in a tie for 28th at 2-over 146.

Krause recorded a 71 in the morning, featuring four birdies, including an impressive drain on the par-4 10th, which ranked as the toughest hole of the opening round. However, the Aztec senior was saddled with a 75 in the afternoon, as five bogeys prevented a loftier perch.

Kjellker also notched four birdies in her collegiate debut, including back-to-back drains on the 17th and 18th greens to highlight an opening-round 72. The SDSU freshman made two additional birdies in the afternoon, including a successful conversion on the par-4 No. 8, which ranked as the fifth-most difficult green of round two. However, Kjellker was unable to overcome the sting four bogeys, ultimately settling for a 74.

Elsewhere, Georgia Lacey (Del Mar, Calif.) finds herself in a tie for 46th after shooting a 4-over 148. The Aztec senior regrouped from a sluggish 78 in round one to post the team’s lowest number of the day with a 70 in the afternoon. Lacey registered just one blemish on her scorecard, a bogey at No. 6, while amassing 14 pars to go with three birdies, including a make at No. 10.

Mila Chaves (Asuncion, Paraguay) also shaved eight strokes off her opening-round score, notching a 71 in the second session, countering a bogey at No. 7 with a team-high 15 pars as well as birdies on the first and 15th greens. With her total, the SDSU senior sits in a tie for 61st with a combined 6-over 150.

The Aztec delegation also included Daniela Anastasi (La Jolla, Calif.), an individual competitor who sits in a tie for 79th at 9-over 153 after shooting rounds of 78-75.

Bianca Pagdanganan of Arizona (-10) carded back-to-back 67s to grab a six-shot lead over UNLV’s Yang Liu (-4) on the individual leaderboard, while Stanford’s Andrea Lee, New Mexico’s Darian Zachek, Oklahoma State’s Kenzie Niesen and Colorado’s Robyn Choi are all tied for third at 3-under.

The Branch/McGuire Invitational concludes on Tuesday when SDSU tees off alongside Stanford and Northwestern in a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. MT/6:30 a.m. PT. A live scoring link courtesy of BirdieFire is available for the entire tournament on

Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational

Day One Results

UNM Championship Course

Albuquerque, N.M.

Par 72, 6,317 yards

Team Scores (Top 5 of 18 teams + SDSU)

1. Oklahoma State                             291-284—575 (-1)

2. Arizona                                           292-284—576 (E)

3. Colorado                                        281-290—577 (+1)

4. Northwestern                                290-288—578 (+2)

T5. San Diego State                          294-287—581 (+5)

T5. Stanford                                       297-284—581 (+5)

Individual Leaders (Top 6 of 99 players + SDSU)        

1. Bianca Pagdanganan, Arizona                                    67-67—134 (-10)

2. Yang Liu, UNLV                                                            68-72—140 (-4)

T3. Kenzie Neisen, Oklahoma State                               73-68—141 (-3)

T3. Andrea Lee, Stanford                                                73-68—141 (-3)

T3. Robyn Choi, Colorado                                               70-71—141 (-3)

T3. Darian Zachek, New Mexico                                     69-72—141 (-3)


T23. Gioia Carpinelli, SDSU                                            73-72—145 (+1)

T29. Sara Kjellker, SDSU                                                 72-74—146 (+2)

T29. Haleigh Krause, SDSU                                            71-75—146 (+2)

T46. Georgia Lacey, SDSU                                              78-70—148 (+4)

T61. Mila Chaves, SDSU                                                 79-71—150 (+6)

T79. Daniela Anastasi, SDSU^                                       78-75—153 (+9)

Round two results

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