ASU Opens In Fifth Place

ASU Opens In Fifth Place

AUSTIN, Texas -- Augusta State posted rounds of 297 and 293 Monday during the first 36 holes of the Challenge at Onion Creek, hosted by Texas State University at Onion Creek Club.

The Lady Jaguars are in fifth place at 30-over 590 in the 13-team field event, which is being played at the par-70, 5808-yard Onion Creek layout. ASU enjoyed the fourth-best round of the afternoon behind only tourney leader Texas Tech, UT-San Antonio and Michigan.

Paced by junior Natalie Wille, the Lady Jags are two shots out of fourth, eight strokes out of second and 11 back of the Red Raiders. Wille reeled off rounds of even-par 70 and 3-over 73 and is tied for sixth and only four shots out of the lead.

ASU sophomores Christine Duschek-Hansen (73-74) and Casey Kennedy (74-75) are tied for 12th at 7-over 147 and 18th at 9-over 149, respectively. Junior Marit Bjerke bounced back from a first-round 80 with a 1-over 71 in the afternoon and is tied for 27th. Kirsty Rands managed rounds of 81-77 and is 58th at 18-over 158.

Texas Tech, the highest-ranked team in the field at No. 32, moved out to a three-shot lead over UTSA. Michigan is third, six strokes back and the host Bobcats are nine shots off the pace.

Gabriella Dominguez of Texas Tech and Michigan's Linda Luo are tied for the lead at 1-under 139. Fabiola Arriaga of UTSA is third at 1-over 141, while the Red Raiders' Deborah DeVilla and TSU's Valdis Jonsdittir are tied for fourth at 2-over 142.

The Lady Jags wrap up their 2011 schedule Tuesday morning when they tee off in the third and final round with Texas State and Arkansas-Little Rock in a shotgun start at 9:00 EST.