LITCHFIELD, Ariz. — San Diego State is in second place through 18 holes after Friday action at the 2012 Mountain West Championships. The Aztecs shot a 19-over 307 in day one action of the 54-hole tournament and are just three strokes in back of first-place and No. 35 TCU, which recorded a 16-over 304.
“Overall, today was a good day, but we know we have some areas that we have to improve on to continue to compete for the title,” SDSU head coach Leslie Spalding said. “Both Christine (Wong) and Malin (Enarsson) have led the way the entire year and I have a good feeling that tomorrow, our other players will step it up as well.”
The two veteran leaders, Christine Wong and Malin Enarsson, are both in the individual top five. Wong is in a three-way tie for the lead along with New Mexico’s Manon De Roey and Colorado State’s Christina Spinzig at even-par 72. Wong birdied two of her first three holes on the day before making the turn at even par. She bogeyed the 11th hole, but got that stroke back with a birdie on the 13th before finishing out the round with five consecutive pars.
Enarsson, meanwhile, is one of three golfers tied for fifth place at 3-over 75. She carded a team-high 13 pars, including eight in a row, while also logging a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole. Enarsson was just one stroke in back of the leaders heading into the final two holes, but bogeyed both the 17th and 18th to end the round with a 75.
In her Mountain West tournament debut, Amy Alston produced a solid 6-over 78 to tie for 15th place and also led the 35-player field in par-5 scoring at 2-under. Alston had seven bogeys through her first 12 holes, offsetting those with birdies at No. 1 and No. 10. She was able to finish with five pars on her final six holes to become the third SDSU player in the top 15.
Gina Clark double bogeyed the first, seventh and 15th holes to find herself in a tie for 25th with an 82. Alessia Knight was 5-over through her first 12 holes, but then saw her score jump by eight strokes in a span of only six holes with a triple bogey and four consecutive bogeys to wind up in a tie for 32nd at 12-over 84.