Munoz tops Ciganda to win British Am

Munoz will turn pro after the U.S. Women's Open in July.

Munoz will turn pro after the U.S. Women's Open in July.

A month after leading Arizona State to victory at the NCAA Women’s Championship, Azahara Munoz picked up another title.

The recent Sun Devils graduate defeated former teammate and soon-to-be ASU sophomore Carlota Ciganda, 2 and 1, Saturday to win the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship at Royal St. David’s Golf Club in North Wales.

Munoz, 21, was 5 under in a 4-and-3 semifinal victory over Caroline Masson, who recently completed her freshman year at Oklahoma State. Ciganda, 19, topped Laura Collin, 2 and 1, to reach the finals.

In the championship match, Munoz was 2 up after nine holes, but Ciganda rallied. She won the par-4 10th and par-5 13th to square the match. On the par-5 15th, Ciganda missed a 6-footer for birdie, while Munoz two-putted for birdie and a 1-up lead.

After the pair halved the par-4 16th with bogeys, Munoz hit her approach to 2 feet on the par-4 17th to set up a clinching birdie.

Munoz, the 2008 NCAA individual champ and runner-up at the ’08 U.S. Women’s Amateur, will turn pro next month after the U.S. Women’s Open.

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