First day complete at PING/ASU

March 30, 2012

First Round Results

Vanderbilt junior Lauren Stratton tallied a one-over par, 72, on Friday to lead all Commodore scorers in the opening round of the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.  The Commodores are in 12th place after the first day of play after firing a team total of 295 at the ASU Karsten Golf Course.

Stratton, who had surgery for a kidney stone late last week, made her way around the golf course with three birdies, 12 pars, two bogeys, and a double bogey.  Rene Sobolewski shot a two-over 73, Kendall Martindale a three-over 74, Irina Gabasa a 76, and Marina Alex a 78.

“We had to count some high numbers today, so it will be a good little test to try to get inside of the top eight in a really good field by the end of the weekend,” said Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen.  “I’m really proud of Rene, who put a big number on the board but immediately responded with a birdie and then finished the back nine at two-under par.”

Host Arizona State leads all teams, eight of which are in the Golfweek top 25, after shooting a four-under par, 280, four strokes better than second place UCLA and Stanford.  Bethany Calvo of UNLV and Justine Lee of Arizona State are tied for the individual lead with a four-under 68.  The duo leads four players by one stroke heading into the second round on Saturday.

The second round continues Saturday from Tempe, Ariz.

12. Vanderbilt – 295
T22. Lauren Stratton – 72
T37. Rene Sobolewski – 73
T43. Kendall Martindale – 74
T52. Anna Leigh Keith – 75*
T64. Irina Gabasa – 76
T73. Marina Alex – 78
*Playing as an individual



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