ASU men’s and women’s golf finish with similar results after Day 1 of Pac-12 golf championships

One team played one round of golf, the other played one and a half.

ASU women’s golf shot 3-over par to take fifth place after the first day of the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championship while the men’s tournament was halted due to nightfall. The men’s team bounced back from an 18-over first round to shoot 1-under in the second round before play was stopped.

The men’s tournament, played in Marana, Ariz., saw a brutal first day in which only one team, Stanford, shot under par. Coach Tim Mickelson was not happy with how his team played in the first round in particular.

 

 

“We did not execute well during the first round. We had too many tee shots hit into the desert which caused most of our double bogeys,” Mickelson said. “Round one was a poor performance.”

The Sun Devils were lead in the first round by junior Broc Johnson, who was even with a score of 72. Sophomores Max Rottluff and Jon Rahm, freshmen Blake Cannon and Nicolo Galletti and junior Austin Quick all shot over par in the first round but saw their scores improve in the second.

Rottluff and Cannon are leading the way for ASU in the second round with 3- and 2-under par scores thus far respectively.

Mickelson said the conditions of the Gallery Golf Club in Marana also played a heavy hand in the tournament-wide struggles and will continue to.

“The course is not easy. The greens are fast, but they are inconsistent with approach shots. Some land softly, some land firm,” Mickelson said. “Also, there were 10 to 15 mile-per-hour winds all day, but it was swirling most of the day. Not easy scoring conditions and expected to be much tougher tomorrow.”

Round two will resume early morning on April 26, with the third round beginning shortly after the second round is finished.

It was a different story for the women’s team as it got off to a hot start in the beginning of the round but found problems on the back nine.

ASU, which shot 3-over par after the first round, was 2-under par after the first nine holes at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore. Due to 10 bogeys and a double bogey in the back nine the Sun Devils have to settle for fifth place, six strokes behind tournament-leading UCLA.

Freshman Monica Vaughn shot 2-under par to lead the Sun Devils in scoring. Junior Noemi Jimenez (1-over 73), seniors Justine Lee (2-over 74), Laura Blanco (2-over 74) and junior Emilie Alonso (2-over 74) all finished in the top 20 of individual scoring.

Both of the individual scoring leaders after the first day come from Stanford. On the men’s side it was junior Patrick Rodgers with a 6-under, including two eagles. In the women’s tournament junior Mariko Tumangan shot 5-under par.

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