Arizona In Third at PING/ASU Invitational; Wildcat Women's Golfers Six Strokes Off Lead

April 6, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz.-The University of Arizona women's golf team sits six strokes off the lead at the PING/ASU Invitational after posting a second-round score of 296. Sophomore Lorena Ochoha, who is attempting to extend her unprecedented streak of consecutive victories to seven, shot 1-under-par 71 and shares the individual lead.

Entering Sunday's final round, Tulsa holds a five-stroke lead over second-place Arizona State. The Wildcats are one shot back of the host Sun Devils. Tulsa stands at 9-over-par 585, Arizona State is at 14-over-par 590. Arizona's two-day total is 15-over 591. On three occasions this season, the Wildcats have posted their best round on the final day of competition.

Ochoa, who shot the low round of the tournament thus far in Friday's opening round, used a 1-under 71 to put herself at 5-under 139 after two rounds. She shares the lead with Stacy Prammanasudh of Tulsa.

'Lorena played well today,' said second-year head coach Greg Allen. 'But she really feels that she could have put up a better number. She is determined to play even better in the final round.'

An Arizona golfer has won the PING/ASU Invitational on two occasions, 1997 and 2000, and both times the individual medalist led the Wildcats to the team championship as well.

Junior Laura Myerscough continued her consistent play as she headed a group of three Arizona golfers who shot 3-over 75 in Saturday's second round. Myerscough, who is seeking her second top-10 finish of the season, is tied for 12th after 36 holes.

Senior Cristina Baena and freshman Miriam Kraschinski joined Myerscough in carding identical rounds of 3-over 75. Baena stands tied for 20th at 5-over 149, while Kraschinski is tied for 48th at 11-over 155. Kraschinski's 75 matches her career best single round score.

'We're just going to focus on finishing strong like we always do,' Allen said. 'We've put ourselves in position to win which is all you can ask for. Now we just have to take care of business tomorrow.'

Junior Anne Lee rounded out the Arizona lineup and is tied for 72nd place. Senior Cathie Williamson, competing as an individual, is tied for 56th place at 156.

Final-round action will begin Sunday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State University.

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