Kathy Cho Struggles with Third Round 83

May 11, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - After a promising 75 in Thursday's opening round that left her tied for 17th, Oregon's Kathy Cho struggled to a 79 Friday and an 83 Saturday to tie for 63rd at 21-over 237 after the final round of the NCAA West Regional, played at the par-72 Stanford Golf Course.

UCLA overcame a second round three-stroke deficit to tie for first with Pepperdine at a 19-over 883. California was six shots off the pace at 889 to place third, while Arizona was fourth at 890. Other NCAA qualifiers include fifth place Stanford (901), sixth place finishers Arizona State and Washington (904) and eighth place USC (908).

Arizona's Lorena Ochoa shot three straight 2-under 70's to grab the individual title at 6-under 210. Katherine Hull of Pepperdine shot par Saturday and tied for second with USC's Mikaela Parmlid at 215. Pac-10 champion Jimin Kang of Arizona State placed fourth, one stroke behind Hull and Parmlid at 216.

Individual NCAA qualifiers are New Mexico State's Alena Sharp, who tied for fifth overall with a 2-over 218 and New Mexico's Kristi Larson, who carded a 4-over 220.

The West Regional qualifiers will compete at the NCAA Championships May 21-24 at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash.

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