Women's Golf Tied for 10th Place at NCAA Championships

May 23, 2001

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - The University of Arizona women's golf team posted a 301 and moved up one place in Wednesday's second round at the 2001 NCAA Women's Golf Championships.

The Wildcats' total of 603 (+27) puts the team in a tie for 10th place in the 24-team field. UA's second-round total was one stroke better than its opening-round effort and is the team's highest two-round total of the season. Oklahoma State and Duke share the tournament lead at 592 (+16), one stroke ahead of Georgia. Auburn and UCLA round out the top five tied at 594 (+18). The top-ranked Blue Devils carded the second-lowest team total of the day Wednesday (293) to move from seventh place into a share of the lead.

'We're still confident that we can make up the difference,' said head coach Greg Allen. 'We just have to play better as a team. Tomorrow is moving day and we know that we need to put two solid rounds together to have a chance to win on Friday.'

Freshman Lorena Ochoa continues to lead the Wildcats. The nation's top-ranked individual fired a one-under-par 71 Wednesday and is tied for fifth-place at 144 (E). Her one-under 71 was one of just eight sub-par rounds registered by anyone in the tournament's top-25 places. Ochoa is six shots off the pace set by UCLA's Laura Moffat, who carded her second consecutive 69 (-3) and leads the 121-woman field by two strokes at six-under par.

UA's Laura Myerscough stands tied for 50th place after shooting a second-round 76. Through 36 holes, the sophomore has a 152 (+8) total. Freshman Natalie Gulbis and sophomore Anne Lee are among a group of three players tied for 70th place with a 155 (+11) total. Gulbis and Lee posted second-round totals of 78 and 76, respectively. Rounding out the Arizona contingent is junior Cristina Baena, who shot a second-round 82 and is tied for 87th place at 158 (+14).

The 2001 NCAA Championship is being contested at the El Campeon Course at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort. The course is a par 72, 6,119-yard layout. The NCAA Championships continue through Friday.

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