Field Set for 2002 NCAA Women's Golf Championship

May 12, 2002

Seattle - A field of 24 teams and six individuals will compete for the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship May 21-24 at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn. The 72-hole tournament consist of both team and individual competitions conducted concurrently. In the team competition, the four low scores for each team will count in each day's total score. Tee times start at 8 a.m. each day.

Tickets for the Championship are $20 for an all-session adult and $15 for all-session student. Single-session tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for student. Tickets may be purchased at the entrance of Washington National Golf Club.

Seven Pac-10 teams qualified for the championship, including UCLA, which tied with Pepperdine for the NCAA West Regional Championship. Duke won the East title while Tulsa finished first at the Central Regional.

This year's individual field is highlighted by Arizona sophomore Lorena Ochoa, the NCAA West Regional champion and the nation's top ranked player according to Golfweek's Performance Index.

Ochoa's regional title marked the eighth time this season she has won medalist honors. She shot three consecutive rounds of 70 for a 6-under-par 210 total at Stanford Golf Course. Last September Ochoa won the first of her tournaments when she took top honors at the rain-shorted Fall Preview at Washington National with a 36-hole score of 5-under 139.

Auburn, the nation's top-ranked team in the April 28 Golfweek rankings, tied Texas for the Fall Preview title at 591. The Tigers finished second at the NCAA East Regional behind Duke. The Blue Devils score of 859 was 13 strokes better than Auburn. Duke's Candy Hannemann, currently ranked seventh by Golfweek, is the defending NCAA Champion. She defeated Ochoa in a playoff at last year's at the Mission Inn Golf Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Duke's Leigh Anne Hardin won the East Regional championship with a score of 210. Tulsa senior Stacy Prammanasudh won the Central Region title with a score of 219.

Georgia, which finished seventh at this year's East Regional, is the defending national champions. Last year the Lady Bulldogs came from behind in the final round to defeat Duke 1,176 to 1,179.

Topping the group of six individuals whose teams did not qualify for the Championship is LSU's Meredith Duncan. Last year the Lady Tiger senior won the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Washington, which finished tied for sixth at the West Regional, will feature four players on its five-person roster. That group is headed up by senior All-American Kelli Kamimura, who is playing in her second NCAA Championship after finishing 29th last year and leading UW to a 16th-place finish. The Huskies other local players include sophomore Lindsay Morgan (Walla Walla), junior Michelle Grafos (Spokane) and freshman Paige Mackenzie (Yakima). UW's roster is rounded out by junior Louise Friberg (Helsingborg, Sweden).

Another local player who will challenge for individual honors is Arizona State sophomore Jimin Kang. The Edmonds native won the Pac-10 Championship this season, beating Ochoa by one stroke.

East Region Qualifers

1  Duke                 291  280  288  8592  Auburn               287  293  292  8723  Wake Forest          293  288  294  8754  Florida              286  290  302  8785  South Florida        289  296  298  8836  South Carolina       298  293  298  8897  Georgia              300  295  297  8928  Vanderbilt           296  296  301  893

Individual Qualifiers
Meredith Duncan, LSU
Meaghan Francella, Memphis

Central Region Qualifers

1  Tulsa                315  309  290  9142  Texas                316  310  292  918   Ohio State           311  310  297  9184  Purdue               309  314  297  9205  Oklahoma State       306  319  296  9216  Michigan             313  322  294  9297  Oklahoma             319  306  306  9318  Michigan State       310  327  295  932

Individual Qualifiers
Melanie Hagewood, Baylor
Martina Gillen, Kent State

West Region Qualifers

1  UCLA                 296  299  288  883   Pepperdine           289  303  291  8833  California           297  298  294  8894  Arizona              299  300  291  8905  Stanford             303  304  294  9016  Arizona State        308  304  292  904   Washington           310  303  291  9048  Southern California  309  307  292  908

Individual Qualifiers
Alena Sharp, New Mexico State
Kristi Larson, New Mexico

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