Delen-Briones' 67 Leads WAC Championships After Day One

Reno, Nev.With two players shooting under par, Katrina Delen-Briones at 67 and Erica Moston at 71, the San Jose State women’s golf team leads the Club Glove Western Athletic Conference Women’s Golf Championships with a 285 after round one Monday at the Wolf Run Golf Club in Reno, Nev.

The Spartans are the only team to shoot under par with their three-under, 285. The team missed tying for the best opening round at the championships by one shot as Tulsa opened the 2004 event with a 284. San Jose State leads the tournament by 13 shots over Idaho who shot a 298 on the day.

“Our short irons and wedges worked well for us today,” said Spartan head coach John Dormann. “We had some uncharacteristic mistakes today but hung in there and finished the round in a flurry. We started to take into account the altitude and firmness of the greens in the latter part of the round.”

In her best round as a Spartan, Delen-Briones made six birdies while making one bogey in her fifth round under par this season. Her 67 is also the best single round in the WAC Championships history and bested the record of 68 formerly held by seven players including former Spartan Ashley Gomes who shot a 68 in 2004.

After two pars to start round one, Delen-Briones birdied the par-4 third hole, but bogeyed the par-3 fifth hole. With a birdie on the par-3 seventh, she finished the front nine at one-under par. Delen-Briones started the back nine with pars on 10 and 11 before a birdie on the par-4 12th. After two pars on 13 and 14, she then proceeded to birdie 15, 16 and 18 for her 67.

“Kat was solid and consistent today,” said Dormann. “She too advantage of the par 5s on the course and hit it far off the tee. Her only mistake was a three-putt for her bogey.”

Moston, tied for third with Teo Poplawski of Idaho, shot a 71 to open the championships. She birdied the second hole to go to one-under and held that until the 15th hole. On 15, Moston teed off into a hazard and had to re-tee the ball on the par 5, 490 yard hole. She posted an eight after three-putting on the green. She then recovered and birdied the last three holes to finish at one-under.

“I am really happy that Erica was able to finish her round with three birdies,” said Dormann. “Good players can come back from adversity and correct their mistakes. That is exactly what Erica did today, and what I would expect her to do.

“Her final three holes exemplified that attitude. She hit it to within 12 feet on the 16th, 10 feet on the 17th and reached the green in two on the par 5 18th to make birdies on each hole.”

In all, four of the five Spartan players finished in the top-10. Madeleine Ziegert shot a one-over 73 for sixth place, while Cristina Corpus is tied for seventh at 74. Ziegert recovered from a bogey on the fifth hole with birdies on six and eight before a double bogey on nine. She played the last nine holes at even par to finish the day at one-over. Corpus recorded three bogeys on her round but finished strong five pars and a birdie on 18 for her two-over.

Shraddhanjali Singh shot a 79 to round out the Spartan scoring. She birdied four holes including three of the final five holes.

“Right now, we are focusing on ourselves and our play. We will let the scoreboard take care of itself,” said Dormann. “We are a confident bunch right now. When someone is disappointed with a 74, you know you have a good thing going.”

Second round action for the Spartans begins Tuesday at 8:42 a.m., as Singh tees-off first for San Jose State. Live scoring for the tournament is available on www.golfstat.com and a link is posted on the Spartan site at www.sjsuspartans.com.

WAC Championships
Wolf Run Golf Club, Reno, Nev.
Par 72, 6,133 Yards

Team Standings
1. San Jose State 285

2. Idaho 298
3. Fresno State 303
4. New Mexico State 305
5. Boise State 307
6. Nevada 308
7. Hawaii 319

Individual Standings
1. Katrina Delen-Briones, San Jose State 67

2. Louisa Lies, Fresno State 70
3. Erica Moston, San Jose State 71
Teo Poplawski, Idaho 71
5. Melanie De Leon, Nevada 72

Other San Jose State Results
6. Madeleine Ziegert, San Jose State 73
7. Cristina Corpus, San Jose State 74
23. Shraddhanjali Singh 79

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