Kathy Cho Struggles with Second Round 79

May 10, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - After a promising 75 in Thursday's opening round that left her tied for 17th, Oregon's Kathy Cho struggled to a 79 Friday and fell to a tie for 37th at 10-over 154 after two rounds of the NCAA West Regional, being played at the Stanford Golf Course.

Starting her round on the tenth hole Friday, Cho was even through No. 13, but had bogeys on 14, 17 and 18 and suffered a double bogey on 16 for a 41 through the first nine holes. The senior from Honolulu, Hawaii, played better on the front side with six pars, two bogeys and a birdie, finishing 7-over for the day and 10-over for the tournament.

Arizona's Lorena Ochoa shot her second straight 2-under 70 to grab the individual lead at 4-under 140. First round leader Katherine Hull of Pepperdine had 2-over 74 Friday and was three shots back of Ochoa at 143. Three golfers were tied for third at even-par 144, including Pac-10 champion Jimin Kang of Arizona State, New Mexico State's Alena Sharp and Pepperdine's Lindsey Wright.

Pepperdine remained in first at 592, though the Waves' lead over second place UCLA and California shrunk to just three strokes. Arizona was seven shots off the pace at 599, while host Stanford was fifth at 607.

The final round will be played Saturday morning. The top eight teams and two individuals from the West Regional qualify for the NCAA Championships May 21-24 at Auburn, Wash.

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