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Women's golf claims first team title of the season in Hawai'i


March 19, 2011

The Arizona State women’s golf team won it’s first tournament championship of the season at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational hosted by the University of Hawai’i.

With a dominating performance over the course of the two-day tournament, the Sun Devils mounted a 15-stroke victory over second-place Arizona. With all five Sun Devils finishing in the top-20 individually including first-place Carlota Ciganda, ASU shot a 23-over 887 (293-293-301) over three rounds at the par-72, 5,907-yard Kane'ohe Klipper Golf Course in O’ahu, Hawai’i.

Shooting a 68 in the first round, Ciganda never trailed the entire tournament. The junior fired a three-round total of 1-under 215 (68-74-73), for a one-stroke victory over Wildcat Alejandra Llaneza. Ciganda previously won the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in February and has a total of five tournament victories in her career at Arizona State.

Freshman Justine Lee earned the highest finish of her fledgling Sun Devil career taking sixth place individually. The Aussie shot an 8-over 224 (73-72-79), including a career-low 72 in the second round, for the tournament.

The Sun Devils will remain in Hawai’i for another day of competition as they compete in the Paradise Desert Classic on Wednesday, Mar. 16 at the par-72, 5,987- yard Luana Hills Country Club in O’ahu against Columbia, Hawai’i, Hawai’i-Hilo and Osaka Gakuin.