Moston Leads Spartans at ASU/Ping Invitational

Tempe, Ariz.-----In a field with nine top-20 nationally-ranked teams, San Jose State is in 13th place after the first round of the Ping/ASU Invitational women’s golf tournament.

The Spartans posted a 304 score on the par 72, 6,230-yard Karsten Golf Course on the Arizona State University campus.

Number-three ranked Southern California is the tournament leader with a seven-under par 281. Host Arizona State, fourth-ranked, is second at even par 288. #8 Georgia is third at 289 in the 17-team field.

“We got off to a shaky start. We hit some shots where you can’t hit them, but we played pretty well on the front nine,” said San Jose State coach John Dormann, whose team started on the 10th hole, the harder side of the course’s two nines. “The course is tough. The rough is up and that makes the course more difficult than in past years.”

San Jose State, ranked 37th, heads into the second round ahead of one top-25 team, #23-Stanford, by three strokes. Only six strokes separate the eighth through 13th place teams.

Erica Moston is the top San Jose State player after 18 holes with a one-over par 73 and is tied for 22nd place. She was one-under par for her last nine holes.

“Erica played pretty well considering she missed a day of practice,” Dormann said about this week’s Western Athletic Conference golfer of the week who did not feel well at the beginning of the week.

Southern California’s Dewi Claire Schreefel leads the 93-player field with a 68. Georgia’s Krystle Caithness is second at three-under par 69. 21 players matched or bettered par in the first round.

“We can have a good tournament if we play well,” concluded Dormann, whose team was three-over par on holes 1 through 9 compared to 13-over on holes 10 through 18.

The 54-hole tournament continues with 18 holes on Saturday, April 5, and concludes with 18 holes on Sunday, April 6.

18-hole results from the Ping/ASU Invitational women’s golf tournament
Karsten Golf Course, Tempe, Ariz.
Par 72, 6,320 yards

Team Scores

1. Southern California 281
2. Arizona State 288
3. Georgia 289
4. Oklahoma State 292
5. Texas A&M 293
6. UCLA 294
7. Denver 296
8. Arizona 296
California 298
10. Pepperdine 299
Vanderbilt 299
12. New Mexico 302
13. San Jose State 304
14. Stanford 307
15. San Francisco 310
Washington 310
17. Oregon State 312

Leading individuals
1. Dewi Claire Schreefel, Southern California 68
2. Krystle Caithness, Georgia 69
3. Britney Choy, New Mexico 70
Pia Halbig, California 70
Tiffany Joh, UCLA 70
Anna Nordqvist, Arizona State 70
7. Chelsea Benton, Denver 71
Stefannie Endstratter, Southern California 71
Brooke Goodwin, Vanderbilt 71
Pernilla Lindberg, Oklahoma State 71
Sydnee Michaels, UCLA 71
Paola Moreno, Southern California 71
Belen Mozo, Southern California 71

San Jose State scores
22. Erica Moston 73
52. Kimberly Punyasavatsut 77
52. Kanika Minocha 77
52. Cristina Corpus 77
85. Katrina Delen Briones 83