Women's Golf Remains in Pac-10 Title Hunt

April 24, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - Despite relinquishing its first round lead, the California women's golf team remains in the hunt for the Pac-10 Championship after Tuesday's second round at the par 72, 6101-yards Karsten Golf Course. The Golden Bears shot a 301 in round two, finding themselves in fourth place with a school record 36-hole score of 590 heading into the final round.

The previous Bears record for 36 holes of 595 helped propel them to fourth (896) at the 54-hole UCLA Pioneer Classic in March.

Cal is only four shots behind the 21st-ranked host Arizona State and second-ranked Arizona, which are tied at 586. No. 6 Stanford is third at 589, and No. 4 USC is four strokes behind Cal at 594.

Arizona's Natalie Gulbis is the individual leader with a 142 after carding back-to-back rounds of 71.

Sophomore Vikki Laing was Cal's second day leader, matching her opening round of a par 72. Laing and Bear freshman Sarah Huarte, the first day leader with a school record of 69, are tied with Arizona freshman Lorena Ochoa with 36-holes scores of 144. The 144 establishes a new Cal career best for Laing and matches Huarte's performance at the Pioneer Classic. Three golfers are one stroke back at 145.

Sophomore Ria Quiazon continues to be one of Cal's most consistent golfers, carding a 77 Tuesday to put her in a tie for 23rd at 152.

Last year, the Bears posted a school-best fourth-place finish at the conference meet with a 54-hole total of 904. The final round of this year's Pac-10 Championship tees off Tuesday at 8 a.m. PT.

Women's GolfPac-10 ChampionshipKarsten Golf Course - Par 72, 6101 yardsRound 2 of 3

Team Scores (10 teams): 1t. Arizona State 295-291-586, 1t. Arizona 294-292-586, 3. Stanford 295-294-589, 4. California 288-302-590, 5. USC 295-299-594, 6. Washington 302-300-602, 7. UCLA 301-304-605, 8. Oregon 309-306-615, 9. Oregon State 306-310-616, 10. Washington State 334-316-650.

Top Scores: 1. Natalie Gulbis (Arizona) 71-71-142, 2t. Sarah Huarte (Cal) 69-75-144, 2t. Vikki Laing 72-72-144, 2t. Lorena Ochoa (Arizona) 70-74-144, 5t. Molly Cooper (ASU) 75-70-145, 5t. Saki Uechi (UCLA) 75-70-145, 5t. Kelli Kamimura (Washington) 74-71-145.

Other Cal Scores: 23t. Ria Quiazon 75-77-152, 39t. Cheryl Lala 78-78-156, 45t. Anne Walker 72-86-158, 55t. Amber Reilly (ind.) 83-80-163.

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