No. 26 Women's Golf 17th After Three Rounds of NCAA Championship

May 24, 2001

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - After a strong start to its first appearance at the NCAA Championship, No. 26 California has struggled over the last two rounds and finds itself in 17th place with the final round slated for Friday. The Golden Bears fired a 312 Thursday for a three-round score of 922.

'We're making key mental errors,' said Cal's Nancy McDaniel, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. 'It's our first time through. We're rookies. We have one more day to show what we can do. We're past the nerves at this point. We're not getting it done, but it's not for a lack of effort.'

Top-ranked Duke carded the best round of the day, a 290, to lead the 24-team field with a two-over-par 882 at the El Campeon Course. Georgia is four-strokes off the pace at 886, followed by Auburn and Texas in a tie for third at 888 and Oklahoma State (the leader after two rounds) at 892.

LSU's Katy Harris moved from third to atop the leader board with a score of four-under-par 212 after posting a 70 Thursday. Laura Moffat of UCLA, the leader for the first two rounds, is one stroke back at 213.

Sophomore Vikki Laing leads Cal in a tie for 41st (226) after her round of 78 Thursday. Next in a tie for 46th (227) is senior Cheryl Lala, who led the Bears with a 76 in the third round.

Tee times for the final round begin at 7:30 a.m. ET tomorrow.

NCAA Women's Golf ChampionshipEl Campeon Course, Par 72, 6106 yardsHowey-In-The-Hills, FL3rd of four rounds

Team Scores (24 teams):
1. Duke 882, 2. Georgia 886, 3t. Auburn 888, 3t. Texas 888, 5. Oklahoma State 892, 6. UCLA 893, 7. USC 896, 8t. Arizona 899, 8t. Tulsa 899, 10. Stanford 901, 11t. LSU 905, 11t. Pepperdine 905, 13. New Mexico State 906, 14. Kent State 911, 15t. Arizona State 914, 15t. Michigan State 914, 17. California 922, 18. Purdue 923, 19. San Jose State 926, 20. Washington 930, 21. New Mexico 933, 22. South Florida 938, 23. Ohio State 941, 24. South Carolina 942.

Top Individual Scores:
1, Katy Harris (LSU) 212, 2. Laura Moffat (UCLA) 213, 3t. Jimin Kang (ASU) 214, 3t. Celeste Troche (Auburn) 214, 5. Ursula Tuutti (New Mexico State) 215.

Cal Scores:
41t. Vikki Laing 74-74-78-226, 46t. Cheryl Lala 72-79-76-227, 73t. Sarah Huarte 76-77-80-233, 89t. Ria Quiazon 80-78-78-236, 116t. Anne Walker 83-83-84-250.

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