Aztec senior Sirene Blair ties for 21st individually
Photo: Georgia Lacey carded the Aztecs' low round of the day at the PING/ASU Invite with a 71. Courtesy goaztecs.com
April 9, 2017 (Tempe, Ariz.) - The San Diego State women’s golf team finished in a tie for 10th place at the PING/ASU Invitational on Sunday after shooting a collective 13-over-par 301 during the final round at Karsten Golf Course. With their score, the Aztecs completed the 41st annual tournament with a 54-hole total of 27-over 891, along with Missouri and LSU, on the par-72, 6,337-yard track.
Sirene Blair (South Jordan, Utah) was SDSU’s top finisher, tying for the 21st spot at 2-over 218 after carding a final-round 74. Starting on the 10th tee, the Aztec senior played steady golf before the turn, notching seven pars and two birdies, including an impressive drain on the par-4, 370-yard No. 18, which ranked as the toughest hole of the week. However, Blair lost momentum on her back nine, tumbling nine places after posting four bogeys on her final seven holes, including three straight on the third, fourth and fifth greens.
Georgia Lacey (Del Mar, Calif.) fired the Aztecs low round of the day with a 71, climbing 18 places on the leaderboard into a seven-way tie for 29th at 5-over 221. The SDSU junior sank a team-high five birdies, including four on her back nine, to offset two bogeys and a double-bogey at the par-5 17th. Among her conversions was a successful make on the par-4, 380-yard No. 8, which ranked as the fifth-most difficult hole of the tournament.
In addition, Fernanda Escauriza (Asunción, Paraguay) made a modest gain Sunday, jumping five places into a tie for 56th at 12-over 228 after logging a 76. The Aztec freshman was 6-over for her round following a double-bogey at the par-3 sixth, before finish strong with a par and two birdies.
Conversely, Natalie Vivaldi (Oceanside, Calif.) slipped 29 places into a tie for 68th at 16-over 232 after a final-round struggle of 83. The SDSU senior found red numbers elusive over the final 18 holes, unable to overcome a plague of five bogeys and three doubles.
Meanwhile, Haleigh Krause (Eugene, Ore.) also suffered from a dearth of birdies, carding an 80 to finish the tournament in a tie for 71st at 18-over 234. The Aztec junior was 3-over through nine holes, but could not right the ship, notching five additional bogeys on her back nine.
The Aztecs were also represented by Kitty Tam (Hong Kong, China), an unattached golfer who finished alone in 77th with a combined 23-over 239 after shooting a final-round 79. The SDSU sophomore drained three birdies on the day, including a conversion at the par-3 12th, which ranked as the fifth-toughest hole of the final round.
With three players among the individual top five, including medalist Roberta Liti and runner-up Monica Vaughn, host Arizona State (-25) buried the competition on its home course, with intrastate rival Arizona (-5) finishing a distant second, followed by Washington (E), Baylor (+2), Oregon State (+8) and UNLV (+8).
Liti (-10) fired a final-round 68 to edge teammate Vaughn (-9) for the individual title, while Arizona’s Krystal Quihuis (-7) took third, followed by Washington’s Ellen Takada (-5).
San Diego State will have eight days to prepare for the upcoming Mountain West Championship, slated for April 17-19 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Par 72, 6,337 yards
Team Scores (Top 6 of 14 teams + SDSU)
1. Arizona State 278-288-273—839 (-25)
2. Arizona 287-282-290—859 (-5)
3. Washington 287-294-283—864 (E)
4. Baylor 278-297-291—866 (+2)
T5. Oregon State 291-295-286—872 (+8)
T5. UNLV 289-288-295—872 (+8)
T10. San Diego State 298-292-301—891 (+27)
Individual Leaders (Top 7 of 80 players + SDSU)
1. Roberta Liti, Arizona State 69-69-68—206 (-10)
2. Monica Vaughn, Arizona State 64-72-71—207 (-9)
3. Krystal Quihuis, Arizona 70-68-71—209 (-7)
4. Ellen Takada, Washington 71-74-66—211 (-5)
T5. Linnea Strom, Arizona State 73-75-65—213 (-3)
T5. Paige Nelson, Kansas State 69-70-74—213 (-3)
T5. Haley Moore, Arizona 71-69-73—213 (-3)
T21. Sirene Blair, SDSU 73-71-74—218 (+2)
T29. Georgia Lacey, SDSU 75-75-71—221 (+5)
T56. Fernanda Escauriza, SDSU 72-80-76—228 (+12)
T68. Natalie Vivaldi, SDSU 79-70-83—232 (+16)
T71. Haleigh Krause, SDSU 78-76-80—234 (+18)
77. Kitty Tam, SDSU* 83-77-79—239 (+23)
* – competed as an individual