UCLA Takes Second Round Lead at Pac-10 Championships

April 25, 2006

TUCSON, Ariz. - The UCLA Bruins carded a one-under 287 (-1) Tuesday and moved into the lead at the 20th annual Pac-10 women's golf Championships at Oro Valley Country Club.

'I'm really pleased with the girls and how they stayed patient,' UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth said. 'It was awesome to watch Amie play well in a big event.'

UCLA sophomore Amie Cochran sank six birdies and carded a 68 (-4), the low score of the day, along with freshman Tiffany Joh, who collected two birdies and finished with an even-par 72, helping the Bruins card the only team score under par in the second round.

'It went real well today,' said Cochran. 'The conditions were a little tougher as the wind picked up. For me tomorrow, I've just got to play one shot at a time and play in the moment. I just have to hit each shot to the best of my capabilities.'

After leading the field in the first round, Arizona State shot a 299 (+11) in round two, 12 strokes more than its previous day's score, and fell into second place. The Sun Devils failed to card one score under par today.

'Our team as a whole really struggled,' said Arizona State head coach Melissa Luellen. 'Jennifer (Osborn) and Tiffany (Tavee) had two of their highest rounds all year. We got nothing going as a team. The team is so close that if it goes bad for one person, it goes that way for all of them.'

Only one stroke separates third-place California and fourth-place USC heading into the final round. The Bears posted a 298 (+10) in round two, while the Trojans carded a 302 (+14).

Oregon State showed the most improvement in round two, carding a 298 (+10), nine strokes better than its first round score. The Beavers also jumped from eighth place into fifth with a 36-hole tally of 605 (+29).

'The team did really well today,' said Rise Lakowske, Oregon State head coach. 'An improvement from the first day to the second day was something we needed to do.'

The Beavers were led by Leah Whiting, who sits in a tie for third place with a 143 (-1).

'I have parents here and it is one of my last collegiate rounds, so it was great to play well,' Whiting said.

Also moving up three slots on the leader board was Washington, posting a 608 (+32) and finishing the second round in sixth place.

One bright spot for the seventh-place Arizona Wildcats was a hole-in-one on No. 17 by freshman Sommer Scholl.

'The hole-in-one was basically the only good thing I did all day,' said Scholl. 'I have had three other holes-in-one, but this is the first in four years. I didn't see my last one go in because it was a two-tier green, but I saw this one go right in the hole. It was a relief that I didn't have to putt.'

Seven strokes separate the sixth through ninth place teams, giving the Wildcats hope for a top-five finish.

'We got off to a rough start and basically never got better,' Arizona head coach Greg Allen said. 'Our goal is to finish in the top five so that we can get used to the pressure that we will face during regionals.'

The Pac-10 Championships conclude tomorrow at the Oro Valley Country Club, a par 72, 6,495-yard layout. Final round tee times begin at 8 a.m. PDT.

Team Leader Board

1. UCLA 291-287=578 (+2)
2. Arizona State 287-299=586 (+10)
3. California 296-298=594 (+18)
4. USC 293-302=595 (+19)
5. Oregon State 307-298=605 (+29)
6. Washington 308-300=608 (+32)
7. Arizona 301-308=609 (+33)
8. Stanford 299-311=610 (+34)
9. Washington State 300-315=615 (+39)
10. Oregon 314-319=633 (+57)

Top-Five Individuals

1. Amie Cochran, UCLA 73-68=141 (-3)
2. Paige Mackenzie, Washington 71-71=142 (-2)
T3. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 71-72=143 (-1)
T3. Azahara Munoz, Arizona State 70-73=143 (-1)
T3. Leah Whiting Oregon State 75-68=143 (-1)
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