No. 26 Women's Golf Tied For 11th After First Round of NCAA Championship

May 22, 2001

HOWEY-IN-THE HILLS, Fla. - No. 26 California is tied for 11th with defending champion Arizona after firing an opening round of 302 Tuesday at the NCAA Championship at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort. No. 14 Oklahoma State leads the 24-team field with a five-over-par 293 on the par 72, 6106-yard El Campeon Golf Course. Stetson serves as host of this year's national championship.

UCLA is two strokes back at 295, while USC is third at 296. Georgia, Texas and Stanford are tied for fourth at 298.

The Golden Bears are competing in their first ever NCAA Championship, and coach Nancy McDaniel is pleased with their start.

'There were a little bit of nerves on the front nine,' said McDaniel, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. 'But, we thought a score around 300 would be a good start for the first round. Notoriously, we've been the team that puts up a big score on the first day. We're looking to be consistent and possibly improve with each round this week.'

Senior Cheryl Lala, a native of Rohnert Park, Calif., led the way for Cal Tuesday, carding an even-par 72 to tie for fourth. Sophomore Vikki Laing also faired well after the first of four rounds of play, shooting a 74 to tie for 23rd.

'Cheryl shooting a 72 today was huge for us,' said McDaniel. 'She really pulled through for us. She wants to be here more than anyone. She's savoring the moment. We needed a shot in the arm today with Ria [Quiazon] and Ann [Walker] still getting comfortable with the course.'

Bear freshman Sarah Huarte also posted a respectable round of 76 to tie for 46th.

The tournament continues Wednesday with the second round teeing off beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET.

NCAA Women's Golf ChampionshipEl Campeon Course, Par 72, 6106 yardsHowey-In-The-Hills, FL

Team Scores (24 teams): 1. Oklahoma State 293, 2. UCLA 295, 3. USC 296, 4t. Georgia 298, 4t. Stanford 298, 4t. Texas 298, 7t. Duke 299, 7t. Pepperdine 299, 9. Auburn 300, 10. New Mexico State 301, 11t. California 302, 11t. Arizona 302, 13. San Jose State 303, 14t. LSU 304, 14t. Kent State 304, 16t. Arizona State 305, 16t. Purdue 305, 18. Tulsa 307, 19. South Carolina 308, 20. Michigan State 310, 21. Ohio State 313, 22. South Florida 314, 23. Washington 315, 24. New Mexico 318.

Top Individual Scores: 1. Laura Moffat (UCLA) 69, 2t. Maria Boden (Okla. State) 70, 2t. Lindsey Wright (Pepperdine) 70, 4t. Cheryl Lala (Cal) 72, plus 9 others.

Other Cal Scores: 23t. Vikki Laing 74, 46t. Sarah Huarte 76, 93t. Ria Quiazon 80, 116t. Anne Walker 83.

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