No. 2 Cal Jumps From 17th To 11th After Second Round of NCAA Championships

May 21, 2003

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - No. 2 California moved from a tie for 17th to a tie for 11th after two rounds of the NCAA Championships Wednesday at the Kampen Golf Course. The Golden Bears shot a 311 today for a two-day score of 632 and are deadlocked with No. 1 Duke, No. 6 Arizona and No. 20 Kent State. Rain and wind effected the opening round, while wind was the main weather element to contend with today.

'We're disappointed in our performance as a team so far,' said Cal coach Nancy McDaniel, the 2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, who has led the Bears to a nation's-best seven tournament titles this season. 'We're looking forward to starting over tomorrow and still feel like we can make up a lot of ground and play like we have prior to this tournament.'

No 3-ranked USC sits atop the leader board of the 24-team national championship with a 608 after carding a 303 in the second round. No. 8 Oklahoma State is second at 611, followed by No. 4 Pepperdine at 613 and No. 11 Ohio State at 616 and No. 13 Florida and No. 7 Auburn at 620. The host Purdue Boilermakers are seventh at 625. The Wave is the only team to shoot a round below 300 during the tournament, firing a team score of 298 in the second round.

Senior Vikki Laing led Cal today with a plus-four 76 and finds herself in a tie for 29th at 156. Freshman Sophia Sheridan was the Bears' next best performer on the links today at 77 and is tied with Laing halfway through the 72-hole tournament.

Four of the five Cal golfers showed improvement from Tuesday's opening round. Senior Ria Quiazon posted an eagle on the par five fourth hole and is one of only three golfers to record an eagle at the championship.

Oklahoma State's Annie Thurman started the day one-shot back, but ended the round in first at plus-three 147. She holds a one-shot advantage over Washington State's Kim Welch, who equaled the low round of the day of 72. Duke's Virada Nirapathpongporn began the day in first with a 72 but dropped to a tie for eighth following a round of 79.

Tee times for tomorrow's third round begin at 6 a.m. PT. Cal's tee time will be determined later this evening.

Women's GolfNCAA ChampionshipsKampen Golf Course (par 72, 6225 yards)Second of Four Rounds

Team Scores (24 teams):
1. USC 608 (305-303), 2. Oklahoma State 611 (309-302), 3. Pepperdine 613 (315-298), 4. Ohio State 616 (309-307), 5t. Florida 620 (313-307), 5t. Auburn 620 (317-303), 7. Purdue 625 (316-309), 8. Texas 627 (317-310), 9. UCLA 628 (314-314), 10. Arizona State 631 (320-311), 11t. California 632 (321-311), 11t. Duke 632 (318-314), 11t. Arizona 632 (318-314), 11t. Kent State 632 (324-308), 15. Vanderbilt 633 (321-312), 16t. Tulsa 634 (329-305), 16t. Georgia 634 (320-314), 18. South Carolina 636 (318-318), 19. Stanford 637 (316-321), 20. North Carolina 638 (321-317), 21. Florida State 647 (329-318), 22. Nebraska 653 (320-333), 23. Wisconsin 656 (340-316), 24. Washington State 664 (343-321).

Top 5 Individuals:
1. Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State) 147 (73-74), 2. Kim Welch (Washington State) 148 (76-72), 3t. Aimee Cho (Florida) 149 (75-74), 3t. Danielle Downey (Auburn) 149 (76-73), 5t. three golfers tied at 150.

Cal Scores:
29t. Vikki Laing 156 (80-76), 29t. Sophia Sheridan 156 (79-77), 49t. Ria Quiazon 158 (80-78), 77t. Claire Dury 162 (82-80), 94t. Sarah Huarte 165 (82-83).

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