Stanford in Ninth Place After First Round of NCAA West Regionals

May 6, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's women's golf team shot a team score of 297 (+13) and are in ninth place after the first round of the NCAA Division I West Regional being held at Stanford Golf Course.

The Cardinal trail co-leaders Virginia and Arizona by six shots heading into tomorrow's second round. The Cavaliers and Wildcats both carded opening rounds of 291 (+7), good for a one shot advantage over UCLA (292; +8) and California.

The top eight teams from this 24-team regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 18-21 in Wilmington, NC.

San Jose State's Madeline Ziegert shot a four-under 67 in the afternoon and enjoys a one stroke lead over Cal's Pia Halbig, who carded a three-under 68 in the morning.

Haley Stephens of Texas, Brittany Altomare of Virginia and UC Irvine's Henna Cho are three off the pace after carding opening rounds of 70 (-1).

Stanford was paced by senior Angela King and junior Rebecca Durham, as both players turned in two-over rounds of 73 on their home course and are tied for 19th place after the first 18 holes.

King had three bogies on her card, but birdied the par-4 18th hole, which was her ninth hole of the day.

Teeing off on the back nine, Durham collected birdies on holes No. 13 and 15 and was even par at the turn. She got off to a fast start on her second nine, collecting a birdie at the par-5 first hole. However, she bogied holes No. 4, 6 and 8 to close with a 73.

Freshman Sally Watson is tied for 35th after opening with a four-over 75. She was four-over on her first nine holes before settling down to shoot even par on her second nine.

Freshman Kristina Wong is tied for 47th after carding a five-over 76. She got her round off on a positive note, collecting a birdie on her first hole, but then bogied four of the next six holes and added a double bogey on the par-3, eighth hole. She shot even par on her second nine to close with a 76.

Sophomore Sydney Burlison had two birdies and seven bogies on her card and also finished with a five-over 76.

'I was pleased with the way we hung in there today,' said head coach Caroline O'Connor. 'We struggled a bit early but got more comfortable as the round went on.

'We didn't play an especially strong round today but we are only six strokes off the lead. We just need to be consistent over the next two days and we'll be fine.'

The second round of the NCAA West Regional will tee off at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Stanford will tee-off from the first hole at 1:26 p.m.

Live scoring of this event is available at Golfstat.com. Updates are also available on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WestRegionals.

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