Duck Women off to a Solid Start at OSU/Shanico

Oct. 8, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Kathy Cho matched the low round of her career with a 73 Monday to help the Oregon women's golf team tie for 11th after the first round of the OSU/Shanico Invitational, being played at the 6,072-yard, par-72 Trysting Tree Golf Course.

Cho, a senior from Honolulu, Hawaii, had a 38 on the front nine, and carded an impressive 35 on the more difficult back nine for her 1-over score. Cho notched her first round of 73 at last spring's NCAA West Regional that was also played at Trysting Tree

'Kathy played a very solid round,' said Oregon coach Shannon Rouillard. 'She stepped up and did the job she needed to do as a senior and as a leader.'

California took the first day lead by shooting a 286, followed by Arizona in second at 289, Stanford at 295, Brigham Young at 296 and Oregon State at 298. The Ducks had their lowest round of the season, a 309, and were tied with Idaho for 11th. Immediately in front of the Ducks were Nevada-Las Vegas and Northern Arizona at 307 and Long Beach State at 308.

'We are certainly in a position to catch some of the teams ahead of us,' said Rouillard. 'We still need to make sure we're putting and chipping well. I witnessed a few three-putts that we didn't need to have. But we're doing a better job of hitting greens in regulation, which was one of our focuses this week. So if we can eliminate some of the three-putts and do a better job of chipping, we should be in good shape.

Freshman Jonna Nealy carded the lowest round of her young Oregon career with a 4-over 76, and was tied for 24th. Freshman Jess Carlyon had a 6-over 78 to tie for 46th.

Stanford's Kim Kouwabunpat shot a blistering 5-under 67 and finished her round with a one-stroke lead on California's Ria Quiazon and a two-stroke lead on Brigham Young's Jessica Gardner in the medalist chase.

The rain mostly stayed clear of Trysting Tree Monday, as play was disrupted only once by a brief passing shower. A high pressure system is supposed to move into the region in time for the second round, scheduled to get underway at 8:30 Tuesday morning.

OSU/Shanico Invitational
Trysting Tree Golf Course
Corvallis, Ore.
First Round
6,072 Yards, Par-72

TEAM SCORES - 1, California, 286. 2, Arizona, 289. 3, Stanford, 295. 4, Brigham Young, 296. 5, Oregon State, 298. 6, San Francisco, 299. 7, Washington, 300. 8 (tie), Nevada-Las Vegas, 307, Northern Arizona, 307. 10, Long Beach, 308. 11 (tie), Oregon, 309, Idaho, 309. 13, New Mexico, 310. 14, Idaho State, 316. 15, Washington State, 317. 16, Portland State, 321. 17, Weber State, 324. 18. Eastern Washington, 325. 19, Boise State, 326.

OREGON FINISHERS - 12 (tie), Kathy Cho, 73. 24 (tie), Johnna Nealy, 76. 46 (tie), Jessica Carlyon, 78. 81 (tie), Kim Melrose, 82. 95, Lacy Erickson, 88.

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