Women's Golf Finishes 10th, Men's Golf Takes 18th at Rolex/Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Invitational

Nov. 5, 2000

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - The Arizona State women's golf team finished 10th and the Sun Devil men's team took18th at the Rolex/Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Collegiate Invitational held Nov. 3-5.

ASU remained consistent, shooting a 302 for the second consecutive round to finish 10th with a three-round total of 904 (300-302-302), 31 strokes behind tournament winner Auburn (873). The Tigers overcame a seven-stroke lead in the second round and shot the best round Sunday to win the title. Duke took second (878), while Texas (879), USC 879) and Georgia (885) rounded out the top five in the women's tournament.

Individually, freshman Jimin Kang and senior Molly Cooper each shot their best rounds of the tournament with a 73 and 72, respectively to tie for 24th with three-round totals of seven-over 223. Junior Lisa Meredith tied for 36th (228), sophomore Blair O'Neal finished in a tie for 45th (230) and senior Michaela Friberg rounded out the Sun Devil squad by tying for 56th (245).

Arizona's Lorena Ochoa took home medalist honors after a one-hole playoff with Pepperdine's Katherine Hull. Both players finished regulation play at five-under 211 before Ochoa birdied the first playoff hole for the victory.

On the men's side, Arizona State finished 18th with a three-day total of 890 (286-293-311). Georgia fired a tournament-record 42-under par 822 to win the tournament, defeating Georgia Tech by seven strokes in the 54-hole tournament. Defending NCAA champion Oklahoma State finished third (834), Texas was fourth 843) and Clemson, New Mexico and East Tennessee State each tied for fifth at 848.

Senior All-American Paul Casey was the top Sun Devil finisher, tying for 39th with a one-under 215 (70-74-71), Senior Jin Park tied for 51st (73-70-75=218), sophomore Brady Stockton finished in a tie for 69th (74-72-76=222), senior Ryan Whitaker took 87th (83-82-89=254) and sophomore Matt Jones withdrew in the third round. U.S. Amateur Champion Jeff Quinney is playing in the PGA's Southern Farm Bureau Classic in Madison, Miss.

Oklahoma State's Anders Hultman won the men's individual title with a three-round total of 21-under par 195, breaking the tournament record by six strokes. Hultman shot a nine-under 63 Sunday to defeat Georgia Tech's Bryce Molder by one stroke. Molder set a tournament and course-record 60 in the final round, which ties the all-time NCAA record set by ASU's Paul Casey at the 1999 Pac-10 Conference Championships.

The Rolex/Golf World/Palmetto Dunes Collegiate Invitational, part of the 2000-01 Rolex Collegiate Tour, is presented by Cleveland Golf and administered by Golf World and the College Golf Foundation. The men's tournament was held on the par 72, 6,651-yard Arthur Hills at Palmetto Dunes, while the women's tournament took place on the Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Hills, a par 72 course that measures 6,651 yards from the championship tees.

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