Stanford Women Tied For Ninth After First Day At NCAAs

May 21, 2002

Auburn, Wash. - The Stanford women's golf team shot a 299 on the first day of competition at the 2002 NCAA Women's Golf Championships in Auburn, Washington. The Cardinal are currently tied for ninth overall with four other teams. Arizona leads the field, shooting a 285 today, followed by Duke (294)and Georgia (294). Five teams are tied for fourth place.

'We really like the course,' said head coach Caroline O'Connor. 'We've worked on putting in the last couple of weeks, on the short game. Those are really key. Club selection is critical out here.'

Individually, Cardinal sophomore Marcia Wallis shot a career-low round today, firing a two-under par 70. She is tied for third in the individual standings. At even par with less than two holes remaining, Wallis holedout an estimated 90-foot wedge for eagle on the 17th hole, the only eagle recorded by any competitor on the tournament's first day.

Wallis felt she was helped by teeing off early on Wednesday. 'It definitely helped because I know when I was going around the back nine, like around the green where it was a little bit softer, you could see where people had stepped around the hole,' she said. 'So I wasn't worriedabout spike marks.'

Fellow sophomore Angela Rho is tied for 43rd with a three-over par 75. Junior Kim Rowton shot a four-over par 76 today and is tied for 55th while teammate Kim Kouwabunpat shot a 78 and is tied for 84th. Freshman Wendra Liang carded an 80 on the first day of competition and is tied for 106th.

Duke's Virada Nirapathpongporn leads the individual field after firing a four-under par 68 today. She is followed by Georgia's Summer Sirmons (69).

Stanford will again be paired with South Florida and Oklahoma State on Wednesday's tee times. The Cardinal go off of the 10th tee beginning at 12:10 p.m.

'I like our spot,' said O'Connor. 'We shot nine over, but there arebogeys to be made out here. I think that we're in good position. It's a longweek , and we can certainly make a lot of improvement going into tomorrow. Ilike where we stand; I think making 300 out here is OK.'

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