Par 3 sinks Arizona State in Round 2

Arizona State coach Melissa Luellen with Juliana Murcia.

Arizona State coach Melissa Luellen with Juliana Murcia.


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WILMINGTON, N.C. – What happened to Arizona State? Hole No. 2. 

The first three Sun Devils who played the intimidating par 3 dunked one into the water. Carlota Ciganda and Giulia Molinaro both tripled the hole. Jaclyn Sweeney made double bogey.

When Juliana Murcia stepped up and hit the green, ASU coach Melissa Luellen thought, Thank the Lord.

Water surrounds the 131-yard second hole on three sides and a large bunker guards the right. The pin placement on Wednesday was back right, where the green narrows considerably.

Luellen said the drop area to the right of the tee box was particularly penalizing to a back pin: “With the wind, you really couldn’t fly it back there.”

ASU was the nation’s top-ranked team heading into postseason play. The Sun Devils were DQ’d from the Pac-10 Championship when two players had to withdraw because of illness. ASU finished second to USC at the NCAA Central Regional.

The Sun Devils trail USC by 11 strokes heading into the third round of the NCAA Championship.

“They make it 72 holes and everyone is going to have their bleeps,” Luellen said, “and we’ve had our bleeps.” 

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