Arizona Runs Away With NCAA West Regional Team Title

May 12, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Arizona's Natalie Gulbis capped off her first-ever NCAA West Regional women's golf tournament with a 1-under 71 on Saturday to help her Wildcats to the team title and claim medalist honors in the process. The freshman shot a total of 9-under 207 at the par-72, 6,089-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club over the 54-hole tournament, while Arizona put up a team total of 4-over-par 868 to win by 20 strokes.

In the team battle to make the cut for NCAA Championship qualification, Washington took advantage of Tennessee's misfortune to move into seventh and earn a trip to the NCAA Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida May 22-25.

The Huskies began the day in ninth, two shots back of Tennessee, who was in eighth, but the Volunteers struggled in the wind and turned in a 318 on Saturday to drop to 11th.

Southern California was the final team to make the cut at 916, which put the Trojans seven shots ahead of ninth-place Oregon and eight ahead of 10th-place Oregon State. OSU, which shot 924, improved on last year's 24th-place finish at the regionals.

Also making the trip to the championships from the West Regional will be Stanford, who took second, Michigan State, UCLA, Ohio State, and Arizona State.

Claiming the second spot in the individual race was Gulbis' teammate and fellow freshman Lorena Ochoa, who burned the course for a 69 on Saturday to shoot 210. Arizona, which teed off at 8:30 a.m., was able to finish before the wind kicked up to a steady 30 m.p.h. for the afternoon tee times. Ochoa came into the tournament ranked No. 1 in the country, and Gulbis held down the No. 3 ranking. Arizona was No. 2.

Jimin Kang of Arizona State, who fired the lowest round of the tournament on Friday with a 66, was third with a 3-under 213. Ohio State's Mollie Fankhauser finished in fourth at 214 and Kim Rowton of Stanford placed fifth with an even-par 216.

Tennessee's Young-A Yang, ranked fifth in the country, shot 221 to advance to the NCAAs as an individual. Memphis' Meaghan Francella qualified as an individual with a 222 as well.

RESULTS

Par: 72Yardage:  6089

Fin Top 20 Teams Scores 1 Arizona, U. of 287 292 289 868 2 Stanford University 302 292 294 888 3 Michigan State U. 304 298 299 901 4 UCLA 307 297 299 903 5 Ohio State Univ. 306 298 302 906 6 Arizona State U. 308 294 308 910 7 Washington, U. of 308 302 304 914 8 Southern California 308 298 310 916 9 Oregon, U. of 308 304 311 923 10 Oregon State U. 311 306 307 924 11 Tennessee, U. of 308 300 318 926 12 Missouri, U. of 318 304 311 933 13 Nevada, U. of 310 311 313 934 14 Memphis Univ of 305 312 320 937 15 Colorado State Univ. 320 303 319 942 16 Furman University 312 311 320 943 17 Indiana University 314 311 325 950 18 Brigham Young Univ. 322 313 332 967 19 SW Missouri St. U. 335 324 347 1006 20 Weber State Univ. 352 327 331 1010 21 Central Conn. St. U. 363 336 369 1068

Fin Top 20 Players School Scores 1 Natalie Gulbis Arizona 68 68 71 207 2 Lorena Ochoa Arizona 70 71 69 210 3 Jimin Kang Arizona St 71 66 76 213 4 Mollie Fankhauser Ohio State 70 73 71 214 5 Kim Rowton Stanford 74 70 72 216 6 Laura Moffat UCLA 76 68 75 219 Kasey Gant Mich. St. 73 73 73 219 8 Kelli Kamimura Washington 74 69 77 220 9 Stephanie Keever Stanford 76 72 73 221 Young-A Yang Tennessee 76 68 77 221 11 Meaghan Francella Memphis 72 73 77 222 Natalie Aber Ohio State 78 69 75 222 Leilani Bagby UCLA 77 74 71 222 14 Jennifer Perri Furman 75 72 76 223 Emily Bastel Mich. St. 76 71 76 223 16 Jerilyn White Oregon 74 76 74 224 Hilary Homeyer Stanford 77 74 73 224 18 Louise Friberg Washington 75 75 75 225 19 Carina Olsson Oregon St. 76 77 73 226 Molly Cooper Arizona St 77 74 75 226 Mikaela Parmlid USC 75 74 77 226

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