White Tied for Fourth With an Even Par 72 After Pac-10 First Round

April 23, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Oregon All-America candidate Jerilyn White got off a solid start on her quest to become Oregon's first-ever Pac-10 champion by shooting an even-par 72 Monday at the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference women's golf championships, being played at the 6,101-yard, par-72 Karsten Golf Course.

White had 13 pars, three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey and is tied with five other golfers for fourth as she played both the front and back nines in 36 strokes. The senior from Salem, Ore., is three shots back of California's Sarah Huarte, who opened with a 69 on Monday. Lorena Ochoa of Arizona, the No.1-ranked golfer in the nation, is second with a 70, while teammate Natalie Gulbis is third at 71.

Huarte helped California take a surprising first round lead at 288, six strokes better than defending champion Arizona's 294. Arizona State, Stanford and USC were tied for third at 295.

Oregon was ninth after the first round with a 309 composite. Senior Claire Hunter shot a 5-over 77 to stand tied for 34th. Sophomore Megan Heckeroth fired a 78, senior Dawn Berry had a 79, junior Kathy Cho recorded an 80 and freshman Lacy Erickson carded an 82.

White, the No. 35 golfer in the country, has challenged for the Pac-10 title each of the last two years. She finished ninth last year and was sixth as a sophomore in 1999. Among the others tied with White for fourth were California's Vikki Laing and Anne Walker, Stanford's Hillary Homeyer and Kim Rowton, and Lisa Meredith of Arizona State.

The highest an Oregon individual has ever finished at the Pac-10 tournament was Karly Mills' tie for fourth in 1995.

The three-day event continues with the second round beginning at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Karsten Golf Course
Tempe, Ariz.
First Round
6,101 Yards, Par-72

TEAM SCORES - 1, California, 288. 2, Arizona, 294. 3 (tie), Arizona State, 295, Stanford, 295, USC, 295. 6, UCLA, 301. 7, Washington, 302. 8, Oregon State, 306. 9, Oregon, 309. 10, Washington State, 334.

TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS - 1, Sarah Huarte, California, 33-36-69. 2, Lorena Ochoa, Arizona, 32-38-70. 3, Natalie Gulbis, Arizona, 38-33-71. 4 (tie), Jerilyn White, Oregon, 36-36-72, Hilary Homeyer, Stanford, 36-36-72, Vikki Laing, California, 34-38-72, Kim Rowton, Stanford, 36-36-72, Lisa Meredith, Stanford, 34-38-72, Anne Walker, California, 36-36-72. 10 (tie), Mikaela Parmlid, USC, 35-38-73, Leila Chartrand, USC, 35-38-73.

OTHER OREGON FINISHERS - 34 (tie), Claire Hunter, 36-41-77. 39 (tie), Megan Heckeroth, 37-41-78. 45 (tie), Dawn Berry, 40-39-79. 47 (tie), Kathy Cho, 37-43-80. 53 (tie), Lacy Erickson, 39-43-82.

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