Women's Golf Seventh After First Round of NCAA West Regional

May 9, 2002

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Led by sophomore Jimin Kang, the Arizona State women's golf team is in seventh place after the first round of the NCAA West Regional, being held Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11 at the par 72, 6,199-yard Stanford Golf Course.

The Sun Devils shot a 20-over par 308 Thursday and are tied for seventh after the first round, six strokes out of the top five and 19 strokes off the lead of Pepperdine which shot a one-over 289 in the first round. UCLA is in second after shooting an eight-over 296, while California (297), Arizona (299) and New Mexico (302) round out the top five teams after the first round.

Kang, who won the Pac-10 Championships in her last tournament, led the Sun Devils individually, carding a one-over 73 in the first round to tie for ninth, four strokes off the lead of Pepperdine's Katherine Hull who turned in the best round of the day with a three-under 69 on Thursday.

Junior Ga�lle Truet shot a four-over 76 and is tied for 26th, while junior Blair O'Neal is tied for 42nd after carding a 78 in the first round. Freshman Erin Tone is tied for 70th with an 81 on Thursday, and junior Melanie Hunt rounds out the Sun Devil lineup and is tied for 82nd after opening the tournament with an 83.

The top eight teams and two individuals at the NCAA West Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships which will be held May 21-24 at the Washington National Golf Course in Auburn, Wash. Eight teams and two individuals will also qualify for the NCAA Championships this weekend at the NCAA Central Regional in East Lansing, Mich., and at the NCAA East Regional in Baton Rouge, La.

Arizona State tees off 11:50 a.m. in Friday's second round, while tee times for the final round on Saturday will be determined by results. Live, hole-by-hole scoring for the NCAA West Regional is available at www.golfstat.com.

NCAA West Regional - Round One ResultsMay 9, 2002 - Stanford Golf Course - Stanford, Calif.

1. Pepperdine 2892. UCLA 2963. California 2974. Arizona 2995. New Mexico 3026. Stanford 3037. Arizona State 3088. USC 3099. Washington 31010. New Mexico State 31111. Idaho 31412. Colorado State 315 San Francisco 31514. Washington State 31715. Campbell 319 San Jose State 31917. Northern Arizona 32318. Denver 32419. BYU 326 UC Irvine 32621. Oral Roberts 335

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