Arizona State’s Azahara Munoz shot a 3-under 69 Tuesday to help the Sun Devils to fourth place after the first day of the NCAA women’s golf tournament at Albuquerque, N.M.
Munoz is tied for second place with four other women, two shots behind leader Nannette Hill of Wake Forest.
The Sun Devils’ Juliana Murcia and Jennifer Osborn are both tied for 23rd after shooting 73.
Also, Anna Nordqvist shot a 75 and Liisa Kelo fired a 76 for Arizona State.
In the team standings, the University of Southern California is first with a combined score of 284. UCLA and Auburn are at 289 and ASU is one shot back of them at 290.
Meanwhile, the University of Arizona sits in 22nd place at 19-over 307.
UA’s Alison Walshe and Amanda Wilson led the way, each posting a 4-over 76 to stand in a tie for 68th place.
Duke’s chances at winning a fourth straight women’s golf title got slimmer after the Blue Devils shot an 11-over 299. Duke hurt itself with poor putting.
“If anything, the ball wasn’t going in the hole,” Duke coach Dan Brooks said. “Our overall game looked pretty good. We just need to put the rascal in the hole.”
The Blue Devils are 18th out of 24 teams.
Wake Forest’s Hill tied the course record with a 67. The Demon Deacons are tied for fifth with the University of Denver at 5 over.
“I got in a groove on my putting stroke and didn’t try to overpower my shot,” Hill said. “I got my shots where I wanted to.”
All five USC players were at 1 over or better, but teams can discard their worst score.
“It’s exciting to me that we had to throw out a 1 over,” Trojans coach Andrea Gaston said. “We’ve has some pretty good scoring by all five players. That’s how we’ve won our last three events.”