Women's Golf Halfway To NCAA Championship

May 21, 2003

W. Lafayette, Ind. - All-American Mikaela Parmlid shot a one-over-par 73 today as No. 3 USC women's golf went 15-over as a team in the second round to maintain its lead at the 2003 NCAA Golf Championships held at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.

USC has a 36-hole total of 608 after shooting 303 today and is three strokes ahead of second place Oklahoma State (611). Pepperdine is third (613), followed by Ohio State (616) and Auburn and Florida (620).

'We played great out there today,' said USC coach Andrea Gaston. 'The conditions were still rough, but we didn't make any major mistakes. We aren't thinking about our scores and we are focusing on one shot at a time. If we just keep the same approach the rest of the way, we'll do fine.'

Parmlid's one-over 73 was a big factor as the Women of Troy tied for the third-best score of the day at 15 over. The All-American from Gothenburg, Sweden, got on a roll on the back nine with three straight birdies on 13, 14 and 15.

'I was more strategic today,' said Parmlid, who shot a 77 on Tuesday. 'I played smarter. I missed only two fairways. More importantly, I finally made some putts.'

Parmlid took over the individual lead for the Women of Troy. She is tied for fifth with a total of 150. Annie Thurman of Oklahoma State leads the field at 147, followed by Kim Welch of Washington State (148), Aimee Cho of Florida and Danielle Downey of Auburn (149), then Parmlid, Kari Dumron of Purdue and Allison Hanna of Ohio State.

Junior Anna Rawson continues to impress as well. With her father Jim and aunt Joyce in attendance all the way from her native Adelaide, Australia, Rawson shot 75 to bring her total to 151 and tie for eighth place.

'I'm not worried about my individual score,' said Rawson, whose highest career tournament finish was a tie for 10th as a freshman. 'I'm trying to help the team win. We've never won an NCAA Championship before at USC and I want to help put our team on the map. I want people to talk about our women's golf team. I'm just trying to do my part.'

Freshman Irene Cho is not far back from Parmlid and Rawson. She shot 79 today and is tied for 15th with a score of 153. She started the day tied for third. Another freshman, Tanya Dergal, bounced back from a rough first day to shoot 76 and move into a tie for 29th (156). Senior Becky Lucidi shot 79 today and is tied for 39th (157).

Two more rounds remain in the tournament. The third round begins Thursday at 8 a.m., with the final round starting on Friday at 8 a.m.

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