Aztec senior Georgia Lacey ties for 17th individually
Photo: Georgia Lacey courtesy goaztecs.com
September 27, 2017 (Wolcott, Colo.) - Despite shaving five strokes off its collective score from the previous day, the San Diego State women’s golf team slipped into a tie for fifth place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Wednesday after shooting a 7-over-par 295 during the final round at Red Sky Golf Club.
The Aztecs, who began the day in the third position, climbed to within two strokes of the lead at various times midway through the final round, but were unable to seize momentum, dropping into the fifth slot along with Louisville and SMU at 20-over 884.
Denver ended SDSU’s two-year run as tournament champion at the par-72, 6,216 Tom Fazio Course, as the host Pioneers (+8) maintained their second-round lead, shooting a 2-over 289 over the final 18 holes to win by two strokes over runner-up Pepperdine (+10), while Campbell (+16) leaped two spots into third, edging fourth-place Arizona (+17).
The Aztecs stumble in the team standings was reflected on the individual leaderboard as well, with four of five starters losing ground on Wednesday.
SDSU’s top finisher was senior Georgia Lacey (Del Mar, Calif.), who carded a 75 to tie for 17th with a combined 3-over 219. The Torrey Pines High product was 2-under for the round after draining her third birdie before the turn at the par-3, 135-yard No. 9. She also added five pars and a birdie at the par-5 18th; however, two bogeys and a triple the par-4, No. 14 precipitated a drop of nine places from the eighth position.
Despite the tumble, Lacey still managed her 10th career top-20 placement, finishing 10 strokes behind medalist Haley Moore of Arizona, who took home the crown after posting a 7-under 209, while Eastern Kentucky’s Elsa Moberly shot a final-round 65 to tie for second with Central Arkansas’ Emma Svensson at 4-under, followed by Old Dominion’s Katerina Vlasinova (-3) and Campbell’s Ayelen Irizar (-2).
Fellow classmate Haleigh Krause (Eugene, Ore.) just missed out on the top-20, finishing two shots in a back of Lacey in a tie for 22nd at 5-over 221 on the heels of a final-round 75. The native Oregonian led the squad with 12 pars to go with back-to-back birdies on the 11th and 12th greens, the former of which ranked as the second-toughest hole of the round. However, Krause plunged 11 places, unable to overcome three bogeys and a double on the par-3 No. 7.
Both Gioia Carpinelli (Bopplesen, Switzerland) and Fernanda Escauriza (Asuncion, Paraguay) matched Krause with a 75 on Wednesday, thwarting their progress in the standings.
Carpinelli was plagued by a slow start, suffering four bogeys and a double on her first 11 holes after starting with a par at No. 2. Despite closing with five straight pars and consecutive birdies on No. 18 and No. 1, the latter of which ranked as the third-most difficult hole of the week, the Aztec freshman still slipped eight places into a tie for 26th with a 6-over 222.
Escauriza was at even-par for much of the round, offsetting four bogeys with four birdies, including a successful drain on her initial green of the day at the par-4 No. 3. However, the SDSU sophomore hit a snag on her final two holes, carding a double bogey and bogey at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, to drop from the 39th position to 48th at 10-over 226.
The Aztecs’ low round of the day belonged to Sara Kjellker (Hollviken, Sweden), who shot a collegiate-best 71 on Wednesday to finish the tournament in a tie for 77th at 19-over 235. The SDSU sank a team-high six birdies, including three on her final eight holes. The native Swede would have jumped more than nine places on the leaderboard, but a pair of double bogeys at the par-4 No. 12 and No. 1 slowed her ascent.
San Diego State resumes its busy stretch next week when it travels to suburban Chicago for the Windy City Collegiate Classic, Oct. 2-3, at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois.
Golfweek Conference Challenge
Red Sky G.C. – Tom Fazio Course
Par 72, 6,216 yards
Team Standings (Top 7 of 18 teams + SDSU)
1. Denver 292-291-289—872 (+8)
2. Pepperdine 290-300-284—874 (+10)
3. Campbell 301-292-287—880 (+16)
4. Arizona 300-287-294—881 (+17)
T5. San Diego State 289-300-295—884 (+20)
T5. Louisville 299-302-283—884 (+20)
T5. SMU 293-303-288—884 (+20)
Individual Leaders (Top 5 of 90 players + SDSU)
1. Haley Moore, Arizona 74-64-71—209 (-7)
2. Elsa Moberly, Eastern Kentucky 72-75-65—212 (-4)
3. Emma Svensson, Central Arkansas 72-74-66—212 (-4)
4. Katerina Vlasinova, Old Dominion 71-73-69—213 (-3)
5. Ayelen Irizar, Campbell 70-76-68—214 (-2)
T17. Georgia Lacey, San Diego State 70-75-74—219 (+3)
T22. Haleigh Krause, SDSU 70-76-75—221 (+5)
T26. Gioia Carpinelli, SDSU 72-75-75—222 (+6)
T48. Fernanda Escauriza, SDSU 77-74-75—226 (+10)
T77. Sara Kjellker, SDSU 87-77-71—235 (+19)