Arizona Tied For Fifth After First Round of Women's Golf Tournament

March 25, 2002

AUSTIN, Texas--The Arizona Wildcats posted a team score of 315 Monday amid harsh weather in the first round of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational being held at Barton Creek Resort. The Wildcats' opening-round score lands them in a tie for fifth place, 18 strokes behind first-place Duke.

Teams were originally scheduled to play 36 holes, the first two rounds of the tournament, on Monday. However, rain and cold weather caused the postponement of the final nine holes of the second round. Participants will tee off tomorrow at 7 a.m. CST and complete the second round and immediately begin final-round play.

Leading the way for Arizona were senior Cristina Baena and freshman Miriam Kraschinski. Baena, in only her second event of the season, shot 6-over-par 77 to position herself in a tie for 15th place. Kraschinski also carded an opening-round of 77 to join Baena in the top 15.

Junior Laura Myerscough, the only Wildcat in this week's lineup to have participated in each of Arizona's tournaments this season, posted an opening-day total of 9-over 80 and sits in a tie for 28th place. Freshman Mar Garcia, the younger sister of PGA Tour star Sergio Garcia, opened her second collegiate tournament shooting 81 and is tied for 33rd place. Senior Cathie Williamson rounded out the Arizona lineup, tied for 40th at 11-over-par 82.

Arizona is without sophomore Lorena Ochoa this week at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational due to Ochoa's participation in the LPGA's Welch's/Circle K Championships last weekend and the Kraft Nabisco Championship next weekend. Ochoa, the nation's top-rated collegiate golfer and winner of six consecutive tournaments, finished in a tie for fifth at the Welch's/Circle K Championships.

Second-round play at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational will conclude Tuesday morning with a 7 a.m. shotgun start and teams will immediately begin the final round thereafter.

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