No. 5 Cal Builds Five-Shot Lead at Pac-10 Championships

April 25, 2003

CORVALLIS - California, the newest of the 10 Pac-10 teams, is inching closer to its first Pac-10 title for women's golf. The fifth-ranked Golden Bears sit atop the leader board after Friday's second round of play with a two-day score of plus-15 591. After shooting a 299 in the second round at Trysting Tree Golf Course, Cal was able to build a five-shot lead over No. 4 USC and No. 6 Arizona (596).

'We have our work cut out for us tomorrow,' said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. 'It's going to come down to stamina because it's cold, and it's wet. People are fading on the last few holes. You're mentally exhausted. That's what we'll address tonight.'

The Wildcats, the three-time defending Pac-10 champion, shot the low team score of the day at 297 and joined the Bears as the only teams to post a score below 300 today. Rounding out the Top 5 teams are No. 10 UCLA (598) and Arizona State (605).

ASU's Blair O'Neal moved from eighth to first (142) after firing a tournament-low round of 69 on Friday. She is one shot ahead of Cal's Vikki Laing and USC's Mikaela Parmlid. The Bears' Sarah Huarte is two shots off the pace at 144. Laing led all Cal golfers in the second round with an even-par 72 and looks to lead her team at the conference meet for the third straight year.

The final round tees off Saturday at 8 a.m. In its eighth season as a varsity sport, Cal is looking for its nation's-best sixth tournament title of the 2002-03 season. The Bears' previous best Pac-10 finish was a tie for third in 2001-02.

Women's GolfPac-10 ChampionshipsTrysting Tree Golf Course (par 72, 6160 yards)Second of Three Rounds

Team Results (10 teams): 1. California 591 (292-299), 2t, Arizona 596 (299-297), 2t. USC 596 (294-302), 4. UCLA 598 (298-300), 5. Arizona State 605 (301-304), 6. Washington 614 (300-314), 7. Stanford 617 (307-311), 8. Washington State 621 (312-309), 9. Oregon State 624 (317-307), 10. Oregon 628 (316-312).

Top Five Individual Results: 1. Blair O'Neal (Arizona State) 142 (73-70), 2t. Vikki Laing (Cal) 143 (71-72), 2t. Mikaela Parmlid (USC) 143 (70-73), 4. Sarah Huarte (Cal) 144 (70-74), 5t. Erica Blasberg (Arizona) 146 (72-74), 5t. Anne Lee (Arizona) 146 (75-71).

Other Cal Scores: 14t. Ria Quiazon 151 (74-77), 24t. Sophia Sheridan 154 (78-76), 30t. Anna Temple 156 (76-80)*, 39t. Claire Dury 157 (80-77).

* competing as an individual

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