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No. 12 women's golf moves into seventh at NCAA Championships

May 23, 2013

The 12th-ranked Arizona State women's golf team moves into seventh place after shooting 1-under 287 on the second day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga. For the tournament, the Sun Devils hold a two-round total of 4-over 580 (293-287).

The Sun Devils teed off at 11:50 a.m. to begin the afternoon wave of tee times. The benefit of later tee times also comes at the cost of late afternoon Georgia showers. With one putt remaining on the green of the final hole for ASU's fifth-golfer Justine Lee the horns blew and pulled everyone in off course to wait out a two-hour long rain delay. Two hours later, Lee would come out and two-putt the ninth hole to finish the round for Arizona State.

Because of the rain day, play was suspended at 8 p.m. ET with six schools left on the course with two holes to play. 

Sophomore Noemi Jimenez shot a 4-under 68 in the second round of play to move herself into a tie for sixth place to lead ASU. Starting on 10, Jimenez recorded three birdies on the back and one birdie on the front to shoot an entire bogey-free round for a two-round total of 3-under. 

"I felt really good because all my games [long, short and putts] were great," said Jimenez. "I was committed since the beginning to play shot-by-shot and finally I played a very good round so I'm very pleased with my results today. I just have to be in the present and know that I played a good round today and keep on doing the same tomorrow and just play shot by shot."

Junior Laura Blanco also shot under par for the round, recording a 2-under 70 to move into a tie for 20th. After the turn at 18, Blanco carded three birdies to shoot under par for the round and even par after two rounds.

Arizona State is a name synonymous with dominance in collegiate women's golf. In addition to holding records for the most championship appearances, Arizona State holds a monopoly on the NCAA Records book with a total of seven records. 

The Sun Devils have won the most national championships in NCAA history with seven, including six in a span of eight years in the 1990's under then-head coach Linda Vollstedt.