Sophomore Miriam Kraschinski's 70 Moves Arizona Women's Golf Into Third at NCAA Preview

Sept. 16, 2002

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-Powered by a career best round from sophomore Miriam Kraschinski, Arizona's women's golf team moved into third place after round two of the NCAA Fall Preview with a second-round 298. Kraschinski's individual performance put her in a tie for third place individually at 1-over-par for the tournament.

Oklahoma State holds the team lead after 36 holes with a two-day total of 594 (+18). Vanderbilt occupies second place at 595 (+19), while Duke shares third with Arizona at 21-over-par 597. Auburn's Celeste Troche owns the individual lead as she carded a 72. Troche is the only participant in the tournament to have shot par or better in both rounds. Sarah Jacobs of Vanderbilt is in second at 1-under 143. Texas' Janice Olivencia is knotted with Arizona's Kraschinski at 1-over-par 145 after Monday's second round.

Arizona's team mark of 298 was the best score posted in the second round, only one team in addition to the Wildcats broke 300. Kraschinski's 70 was the lowest individual round of the day as only one other golfer joined her under par in Monday's second round.

'I'm really impressed with the way our golfers hung in there today,' said head coach Greg Allen. 'Their effort did not go to waste. We're right where we want to be, in striking distance heading into the final round.'

Kraschinski torched the course for a 2-under-par 70 Monday, shattering her previous career-best mark of 74 from last season's NCAA West Regional. The sophomore from Whitianga, New Zealand, sits just three strokes behind the tournament lead.

Sitting seven strokes back of Kraschinski are Wildcats Laura Myerscough and Erica Blasberg. The pair is locked in a six-way tie for 30th place at 8-over-par 152. Blasberg, a freshman from Corona, Calif., carded a second-round 80, while Myerscough, a senior All-American from Charleston, Ill., shot a 77 on Monday.

Freshman Whitney Welch, posted a second-round 76 to claim a share of 36th place at 9-over-par at 153. Senior Anne Lee rebounded from having her opening round score disqualified because she signed an incorrect scorecard as she shot a 3-over-par 75.

The tournament concludes Tuesday as the final round gets underway with an 8:30 EDT shotgun start.

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