Albuquerque, N.M.-----Erica Moston of San Jose State University finished the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships tied for 80th place with a 309 total for 72 holes.
The junior from Belmont, Calif., closed the championship with a fourth-round 77 on the par 72 University of New Mexico Championships Golf Course. Her round included three birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey.
“I didn’t hit the ball well (today). My putting, especially, hurt. I had four 3-putts. I had a hard time making anything 6-feet and in,” said Moston, who made birdie putts ranging from 12 to 30 feet during the final day.
The Spartans’ number-one player is the first San Jose State player in four years to compete in the NCAA Championships.
“You have to be ready for a long week. There is a lot going on. You have to be patient and stay in the moment, because there is a lot of golf to play. This championship is much different than any other tournament. All the best teams are here and you’ve got to play well to have a chance,” added the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
“Playing 72 holes is much different from playing 54. It requires tremendous patience and consistency everyday. You can’t be too high and you can’t be too low. That’s what the good players do,” said San Jose State coach John Dormann. “Erica had periods when she played real well.”
Third-round leader Azahara Munoz of Arizona State won a playoff over Tiffany Joh of UCLA for the individual championship. Both players finished regulation play at one-under par 287.
Southern California captured the team championship with an 1,168 total. UCLA was second at 1,174 in the 24-team field.
Final 72-hole results from the NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships
University of New Mexico Championship Course, Albuquerque, N.M.
Par 72, 6,424 yards
1. Azahara Munoz, Arizona State 69-72-73-73-287*
2. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 74-69-72-72-287
3. Garrett Phillips, Georgia 71-74-71-73-289
4. Belen Mozo, Southern California 69-71-75-75-290
5. Stephanie Sherlock, Denver 71-73-77-70-291
Amanda Blumenherst, Duke 75-71-77-68-291
Anna Nordqvist, Arizona State 75-73-72-71-291
8. Ashley Freeman, Texas A&M 71-72-74-75-292
Stacy Lewis, Arkansas 73-72-75-72-292
Sydnee Michaels, UCLA 69-74-75-74-292
Dewi Claire Schreefel, Southern California 73-78-72-69-292
* - won a playoff for the individual championship
80. Erica Moston, San Jose State 81-73-78-77-309
1. Southern California 1168
2. UCLA 1174
3. Duke 1180
4. Purdue 1188
5. Arizona State 1189
6. Denver 1191
Texas A&M 1191
8. Arkansas 1194
9. Florida 1196
10. Wake Forest 1197
12. Auburn 1215
15. Louisiana State 1222
16. UNLV 1223
17. TCU 1227
19. Oklahoma State 1228
20. UC Davis 1234
21. South Carolina 1235
23. Arizona 1240
24. Furman 1253