CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Washington alum Anya Alvarez finished off a sensational weekend in the Southern Hemisphere, placing tied for third at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open. The 2011 Husky grad entered the final round with a two-stroke lead, but finished two shots back.
Playing in the final group, Alvarez shot a round of 1-over 73 to finish at 7-under 209 in a three-way tie for third. Alvarez birdied two of the first seven holes, but bogeyed eight and nine, before finishing 1-over on the back nine.
Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea stormed to the lead and tournament title with a round of 9-under 63. She finished one stroke clear of second place and two better than the group including Alvarez in the tie for third.
Alvarez who is in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour was Washington's top finisher at the Pac-12 Championships back in 2008.
The current Huskies open their spring season later this week at the Northrop Grumman Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. Washington is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Golfstat.com and has high hopes for the upcoming season.