Cho Set for NCAA West Regional Competition

May 8, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon senior Kathy Cho opens play in the NCAA West women's golf regional tournament Thursday at the Stanford Golf Course. Cho will be attempting to qualify as an individual for the NCAA Championships, held May 21-24 in Auburn, Wash.

'It's hard to say what Kathy will need to shoot, but I'm guessing she will need to average between 73 and 74 to make it,' said Oregon coach Shannon Rouillard. 'She probably needs to push herself a little bit more than she did in the regular season, but that's the next logical progression in her career.'

Cho, a senior from Honolulu, Hawaii, was Oregon's top golfer in 2001-02 with a 76.8 stroke average. She has five rounds of 75 or lower in her last four tournaments. She tied for 17th at the Pac-10 Championships April 22-24 and tied for 13th at the Oregon Duck Invitational March 28-29.

'Kathy did a tremendous job of working hard to get herself into position to compete at this level,' said Rouillard. 'She deserves this opportunity to represent Oregon.'

The top eight team finishers and two individuals at the NCAA West Regional advance to the NCAA Championships. The Stanford course is set for a 6,154-yard, par 72 lay out.

'The course can bite you if you're not careful,' said Rouillard. 'Kathy has played Stanford on several occasions and I think that will give her an advantage over those players seeing the course for the first time.'

Cho, Oregon's lone qualifier for the tournament, will tee off the three-round event at 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning. The Ducks did not qualify as a team for the first time since 1992.

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