April 10-12, 2015, two IJGA alumni finished in the top 10 of their respective collegiate events. Ana Ruiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, led her Oklahoma Sooners golf team with an individual tie for 10th at the Ping/ASU Invitational. Meanwhile, Rika Park, Fujieda Shi-Shizouka, Japan, who plays for the University of Miami Hurricanes tied for seventh at the SMU/DAV Invitational.
Ruiz, a freshman on the Sooners golf team, had her best individual effort of her collegiate career. In the first round, she matched her career low-round score when she shot a 2-under 70 on the Karsten Golf Course. She started strong, making three birdies in a row on holes Nos. 3-5. She finished the day with a single bogey and 12 straight pars. Her second round included another pair of back-to-back birdies, and her third round included 14 straight holes of par-or-better play. At the end of the tournament, not only did she tie for 10th setting a personal record for individual placing she also matched her career low 54-hole score.
Park, a senior for the Hurricanes, brought home a tie for seventh from the SMU/DAC Invitational, her first top ten of the season, due in large part to a great closing round. While she shot over par in the first two rounds, her final round was a 2-under 70. Park’s back nine included no scores worse than par and two birdies while her front nine featured back-to-back-to-back birdies on holes Nos. 1-3.
Both girls led their respective teams with the lowest tournament scores and were bright spots in otherwise tough tournaments. Park tied for the Hurricanes’ low tournament total with a 222 and Ruiz took solo tournament low for the Sooners with her 215.
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