April 21, 2010

Courtesy of Pac-10 Athletics

EUGENE, Ore. -
It was movement day at the second round of the Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships, as both the individual and team leaderboards saw drastic changes.

In the biggest news of the day, No. 2/1 Arizona State's hopes for a repeat title were dashed when two players, Giulia Molinaro and No. 10/10 ranked Jennifer Johnson, were forced to withdraw from play due to illness. Without four complete rounds to score, ASU has been disqualified from the Pac-10 team title competition but the three remaining Sun Devils are still competing for the individual championship - including No. 16/13 ranked Carlota Ciganda, who climbed up from seventh after the first day to lead all players with a 1-under 143 after two rounds.

UCLA's No. 5/4 ranked Stephanie Kono is tied with Ciganda for first place on the individual leaderboard after a 1-over 73 also gave her a two-day score of 143. She was tied for fourth after day one.

No. 1/2 UCLA, paced by Tiffany Lua's par on day two, moved into the team lead after sitting in fourth following day two.

"Everyone has been working really hard on their game and we feel ready to play tomorrow," Lua said about her teammates. "We will just stay smart and stay patient and hope for our putts to fall."

No. 7/6 Arizona jumped up from sixth on Monday to second after day two of play. In third place is No. 24/17 California, fourth place is No. 34/35 Oregon and fifth place is No. 5/5 USC. Rounding out the top ten is No. 38/36 Washington in sixth, No. 14/13 Stanford in seventh, Oregon State in eighth, Washington State in ninth and No. 2/1 ASU in 10th after being disqualified.

Lua was one of just three players who managed to shoot even par or better at a soggy Eugene Country Club. No. 37/24 Margarita Ramos of Arizona shot the low round of the day with a 1-under 71 while Ciganda matched Lua with an even par.

Not only did a steady rain that fell most of the day result in much higher scores, but the pin locations were much more difficult than during the opening round.

"It was a little bit tougher," Lua added. "I felt like all the pins were tucked in the back and had a ridge or a fall-off somewhere. I just had to play the percentages on the green."

The leader after day one, California's No. 22/23 ranked Joanne Lee, shot a 5-over 77 after finishing a 5-under 67 on day one. Now with an even par 144, Lee sits in third place.  Arizona State's Juliana Murcia was in second place after a 4-under 68 on Monday but is now tied with Lua for fourth after a 5-over 77 on Tuesday.

The first tee time tomorrow is at 8 a.m. with the four lowest teams in the standings starting first.