Weather Hampers Women's Golf On Opening Day of NCAA Championships

May 20, 2003

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The University of Arizona women's golf team opened play at the 2003 NCAA Championships Tuesday amid horrendous weather conditions and finds itself in a tie for 11th place heading into Wednesday's second round. The Wildcats shot 30-over-par 318 at the Kampen Golf Course.

Southern California holds the lead as it shot 17-over-par 305. Oklahoma State and Ohio State share second place at 21-over-par 309. Individually, Duke's Virada Nirapathpongporn is in first place. Nirapathpongporn, the defending NCAA individual champion, shot even-par 72. No golfers in the field shot below par as rain and wind affected play all day long.

Arizona's Erica Blasberg and Anne Lee each shot 6-over-par 78s to position themselves in a tie for 23rd place. The two are the only Wildcats in the top 25 after the first round. Freshman Cassandra Kirkland carded a 7-over-par 79 to stand tied for 36th place.

Senior Laura Myerscough began her final appearance as a Wildcat by posting a round of 11-over-par 83. Sophomore Miriam Kraschinski, who won the NCAA Fall Preview at the Kampen Golf Course in September, is tied for 92nd place at 21-over-par 84.

Play continues Wednesday as Arizona tees off from the No. 10 tee at 12:10 p.m. CDT. The Wildcats aim for the program's third national championship.

Place	School	Score1.	Southern California	305 (+17)T2.	Oklahoma State	309 (+21)	Ohio State	309 (+21)4.	Florida	313 (+25)5.	UCLA	314 (+26)T11.	ARIZONA	318 (+30)

Place Golfer, School Score1. V. Nirapathpongporn, Duke 72 (E)2. Annie Thurman, Oklahoma State 73 (+1)T3. Irene Cho, Southern California 74 (+2) Kari Damron, Purdue 74 (+2) Allison Hanna, Ohio State 74 (+2) Kim Rowton, Stanford 74 (+2)

Place Arizona Golfer ScoreT23. Erica Blasberg 78 (+6)T23. Anne Lee 78 (+6)T36. Cassandra Kirkland 79 (+7)T85. Laura Myerscough 83 (+11)T92. Miriam Kraschinski 84 (+12)

For complete field results, go to Golfstat.com

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