ASU struggles early at NCAAs

Monday, June 29, 2009

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Just watched Arizona State, UCLA and Denver play the 396-yard par-4 first, their 10th hole of the second round of the NCAA Women’s Championship. It’s a beautiful hole. From the elevated tee box, the hole drops steeply to a generous fairway. The green is perched on a rise with a bunker guarding the left front of the surface.

Final tally: Denver, 1 under; UCLA, 1 over; Arizona State, 4 over.

What’s up with the Sun Devils? If they were planning to make a run up the leaderboard on Day 2, this is not the way to do it. ASU started the round eight off the lead. Now the Devils are 13 back of leader UCLA.

You can’t win the tournament on Day 2, but you can definitely lose it.