Moston Bounces Back At NCAA Golf Championships

Albuquerque, N.M.-----Erica Moston of San Jose State University endured three lightning delays and a one-hour break between rounds and moved up 41 places at the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships.

Playing 35 holes in one day to complete second and third round action on the par 72, University of New Mexico Championship Course, Moston came up with four birdies in a five-hole stretch during her second round and to finish with a one-over par 73. She was one of four players who had five or more birdies in the second round.

“This was a great comeback considering it was 45 degrees, rain and the wind blowing. Erica faced every condition imaginable,” said San Jose State coach John Dormann, who said the temperature dropped from 90 to 50 degrees in a 36-hour span from May 20 to May 22. “To play 13 hours and stay within herself and stay patient, I am very proud of her. She did a great job today.

“She hit the ball in the fairway and her putting was much, much better,” added the Spartans’ coach on Moston’s birdie run.

Like the other 123 golfers, Moston was forced to stop play three times during her third round due to lightning strikes. Forty-four players did not finish the third round and must resume play on May 23 before the start of the final 18 holes. The San Jose State star shot a six-over par 78 and had just one birdie to offset three bogeys and two double bogeys.

“You couldn’t get close to the hole to make birdies. The greens became really firm,” Dormann said about the course conditions in the afternoon. “Her double bogeys were a result of some short game mistakes.”

Moston’s 54-hole total is 232, 16-over par and leaves her tied for 77th place at the suspension of competition.

Arizona State’s Azahara Munoz moved into the individual lead at two-under par 214. Tiffany Joh of UCLA and second-round leader Belen Mozo of Southern California are tied for second at 215. Garrett Phillips is fourth at even par 216.

Southern California, one of 12 teams that did not have its five players finish the third round, has a two-stroke edge over UCLA, another team that did not complete its round. Arizona State is third, 12 strokes behind Southern California.

May 22 Results from the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships
University of New Mexico Championship Course, Albuquerque, N.M.
Par 72, 6,424 yards

Leading Individuals (82 of 126 golfers completed the third round)

Azahara Munoz, Arizona State 69-72-73-214
Tiffany Joh, UCLA 74-69-72-215
Belen Mozo, Southern California 69-71-75-215
Garrett Phillips, Georgia 71-74-71-216
Sydnee Micahels, UCLA 69-74-75-218
Anna Nordqvist, Arizona State 75-73-72-220
Alexandra Phelps, New Mexico 69-76-76-221
Stephanie Sherlock, Denver 71-73-77-221
Paola Moreno, Southern California 70-77-75-222

Erica Moston, San Jose State 81-73-78-232

Team Scores
Southern California 14-over par
UCLA 16-over par
Arizona State 26-over par
Denver 28-over par
Texas A&M 28-over par
Arkansas 31-over par
Florida 33-over par 897
Duke 34-over par
Georgia 39-over par 903
Wake Forest 40-over par
Purdue41-over par 905
Oklahoma State 49-over par 913
Alabama 49-over par 913
Auburn 50-over par 914
Virginia 50-over par 914
UNLV 51-over par 915
TCU 56-over par 920
Tulsa 60-over par 924
Texas 62-over par 926
Louisiana State 63-over par 927
Arizona 66-over par 930
South Carolina 68-over par 932
UC Davis 71-over par 935
Furman 74-over par 938