Arizona Runs Away With Team Title At West Regionals

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.

For the Beavers, Carina Olsson capped off a stellar career with a 73, which was the lowest score of any Oregon State golfer in the tournament. The senior fired a 35 on her first nine, which began on hole 10, and came in with a 38 to tie for 19th.

Marylyn Brand, a freshman playing in her first regional tournament for Oregon State, shot her second-consecutive 76 to tie for 25th at 229 in a field of 107 players.

OSU's Ashlie Pendleton and Laura Skinner tied for 50th at 235 while playing in their first regional tournaments, and Stacie Ferguson put together a 239 to tie for 61st.

RESULTS

Par:        72                              Yardage:  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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