Women's Golf In Fifth At Pac-10 Championships

April 24, 2006

Tucson, Ariz. - The Stanford women's golf team shot a 299 in the first round of the the 20th annual Pac-10 Championships at Oro Valley Country Club. The Arizona State women's golf team carded a 287 (-1) Monday to claim the first round lead.

Trailing ASU by four strokes is UCLA with a 291 (+3). Leading the Bruins was freshman Tiffany Joh, who carded a 71 (-1) and is tied for third place. Joh collected five birdies on the day, tied with Stanford's Jenni Tangtiphaiboontana for the tournament lead.

The USC Trojans sit in third place after a 293 (+5) team total.

'The course is playing deceptively more difficult than we expected,' said head coach Caroline O'Connor. 'It's a shot-makers course. You have to have a plan and you have to stick to it. They key is to position your drives and give yourself an opportunity to make putts.'

Leading the Cardinal today was freshman Mari Chun who is tied for ninth overall after carding a one-over par 73.

'I started off ok,' said Chun. 'I didn't hit too many greens on the front nine. Fortunately, I was able to turn it around on the back nine and make more putts.

'The course is in great condition,' she continued. 'It got more challenging as the wind picked up slightly. It really put the focus on making good drives.'

Teammate Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana is tied for 17th heading into tomorrow's round after recording a two-over 74. Stanford's Ki-Shui Liao and Lauren Todd are tied for 24th with a four-over 76. Cardinal Kelly Husted checks in tied for 39 with a seven-over 79.

Round two begins tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. PDT. The Championships run through Wednesday at Oro Valley Country Club, a par 72, 6,495-yard layout.

Complete results and live scoring are available at www.golfstat.com.

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