Sun Devil Women's Golf Falls to 16th at NCAA Championships

May 22, 2003

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Led by senior Blair O'Neal who is looking for the first top 10 NCAA finish of her career, the Arizona State women's golf team slipped to 16th Thursday after the third round of the NCAA Championships, being held May 20-23 on the par 72, 6,225-yard Kampen Course of the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.

The Sun Devils shot a 21-over 309, their best effort of the tournament, on Thursday but dropped six spots to 16th with a three-round total of 76-over 940 (320-311-309). ASU is just one stroke out of the top 15 and 13 strokes out of the top 10, while the team will be looking for its 21st top 15 finish in 22 trips to the NCAA Championships in Friday's final round.

Southern California continues to lead the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive day, shooting a five-over 293 on Thursday for a three-round total of 901. The Women of Troy have a seven-stroke lead over second-place Pepperdine (908), while Oklahoma State (912), Texas (917) and Florida (918) round out the top five.

Individually, O'Neal continues to lead the Sun Devils and is tied for 10th with a three-round total of 11-over 227 (76-75-76). The Tempe native and three-time honorable-mention All-Pac-10 honoree will be looking for the first top 10 NCAA finish of her career in Friday's final round.

Other Sun Devils include senior Gaelle Truet who is tied for 60th at 19-over 235 (80-76-79), while sophomore Erin Tone is tied for 79th with a three-round total of 240 (79-86-75). Senior Melanie Hunt (85-82-83) and true freshman Alissa Kuczka (93-78-79) are each tied for 115th with three-day totals of 250.

USC's Mikaela Parmlid and Florida's Andrea Vander Lende are tied for first in the hunt for the NCAA individual championships with three-round totals of four-over 220.

The NCAA Championships wrap up Friday with the final round getting underway at 8 a.m. Central Time. As the 16th-place team, Arizona State will tee off at 9 a.m. Central (7 a.m. Arizona Time) from hole No. 10. Live, hole-by-hole scoring is available for the NCAA Championships at www.golfstatresults.com.

2003 NCAA Women's Golf ChampionshipsMay 20-23, 2003 - Third-Round ResultsWest Lafayette, Ind.

1 Southern California+37 F +5 305 303 293 9012 Pepperdine+44 F +7 315 298 295 9083 Oklahoma State+48 F +13 309 302 301 9124 Texas+53 F +2 317 310 290 9175 Florida+54 F +10 313 307 298 9186 Auburn+56 F +12 317 303 300 9207 Ohio State+57 F +17 309 307 305 9218 UCLA+60 F +8 314 314 296 9249 Duke+62 F +6 318 314 294 92610 Arizona+63 F +7 318 314 295 92711 Purdue+65 F +16 316 309 304 92912 Georgia+70 F +12 320 314 300 93413 California+72 F +16 321 311 304 93614 Vanderbilt+74 F +17 321 312 305 93815 Kent State+75 F +19 324 308 307 93916 Arizona State+76 F +21 320 311 309 94017 North Carolina, U of+78 F +16 321 317 304 94218 Stanford+80 F +19 316 321 307 94419 South Carolina+81 F +21 318 318 309 94520 Tulsa+85 F +27 329 305 315 94921 Florida State Univ.+89 F +18 329 318 306 95322 Nebraska, U. of+103 F +26 320 333 314 96723 Washington State U.+110 F +22 343 321 310 97424 Wisconsin, U. of+115 F +35 340 316 323 979

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