April 11, 2010
Stephanie Kono's 50-foot birdie putt on the 54th hole capped a 12-stroke comeback as top-ranked UCLA overtook host Arizona State in the final round for a victory in the PING/Arizona State Invitational Sunday at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.
Kono's birdie putt also earned her the individual title and gave her a final round score of 66 (-6). Her three-round total of 207 was nine-under par and beat USC's Jennifer Song by a stroke. The UCLA sophomore All-American recorded one bogey and seven birdies, including consecutive birdies at the 17th and 18th holes. She was tied for fourth entering Sunday's round. Sunday's championship was her third collegiate victory.
The team victory was the Bruins' second of the season and first at this event since 2006. UCLA's final round score of 279 (-9) was its best of the season. Charlotte Mayorkas was the last UCLA player to win medalist honors at Karsten in 2004.
On the team leader board, the Bruins (856, -8) beat the Sun Devils, who led after the first two rounds and most of the tournament, by one stroke. USC placed third at 858 (-6). New Mexico held the honor of the day's best score with a round of 278 (-10) and finished fourth at 863 (-1). Purdue finished fifth at 864 (E).
In addition to Kono, UCLA boasted three other players in the Top 25. Freshman Tiffany Lua fired a final round 68 (-4) and tied for 17th at 215 (-1). Senior Sydnee Michaels posted a 72 (E) on Sunday and tied for 22nd at 217 (+1) and sophomore Brianna Do tied for 24th at 218 (+2) following a final round score of 73 (+1). Junior Glory Yang tied for 65th after carding a round of 76 (+4).
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