Two former Arizona State teammates easily made it past the first two rounds of match play Thursday at the Ladies British Amateur Championship in Wales.
Carlota Ciganda (pictured), a rising Sun Devils sophomore, breezed through her matches, defeating Celine Kortekaas, 5 and 4, in the morning, before dispatching Sally Watson, 3 and 2, in the afternoon. Azahara Munoz, who graduated from Arizona State last month, needed 20 holes to defeat Katherine O’Connor before knocking out Alexandra Peters, 4 and 3, in the afternoon.
Ciganda and Munoz, both from Spain, had the top seeds in the match play bracket after finishing as co-medalists in stroke-play qualifying (Ciganda received the No. 1 seed as a result of a lower second round score).
Munoz advanced to the quarterfinals last year where she was defeated by eventual champion Anna Nordqvist, a former Arizona State star who turned pro in December.
Jodi Ewart, a rising senior at New Mexico, and Caroline Masson, a rising sophomore at Oklahoma State, also advanced to the Round of 16.