Women's Golf Battles Rain to Move Into Third Place at Regional Challenge

Feb. 11, 2003

PALOS VERDES, Calif. - Arizona used the best team score of the day to move into third place, just eight strokes off the lead, at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge Tuesday. The Wildcats posted a second round of 17-over-par 301 amid cold and rainy conditions at Palos Verdes Golf Club. The final round is Wednesday.

Pepperdine held onto the lead despite shooting 30-over-par 314 to stand at 30-over 598 with 18 holes remaining. The Waves remained five shots ahead of Southern California, which is in second place at 35-over-par 603. Southern Cal posted the second best team score of the day with its 23-over 307 in Tuesday's second round.

Stellar freshman Erica Blasberg posted the day's best individual round as she carded a 3-over 74. Her 36-hole score of 145 (+3) places her one shot behind round two leader Katherine Hull of Pepperdine. Wildcat Miriam Kraschinski sits tied for 14th place after she posted a second-round of 77 (+6). The sophomore from Whitianga, New Zealand, is at 10-over 152.

Arizona's returning All-American Laura Myerscough displayed a hint of the form that helped her finish in the top 10 at the 2002 NCAA Championships as she also shot the day's best individual score, matching Blasberg's 74. Myerscough, a senior from Charleston, Ill., is tied for 23rd entering the final round.

Senior Anne Lee, who hails from the Los Angeles area, is tied for 35th place after a second round of 76 (+5). Lee is at 15-over-par with one round remaining. Senior Julia Kraschinski struggled through Tuesday's poor conditions as she shot 19-over-par 90 and sits at 27-over-par for the tournament and tied for 81st place.

The tournament concludes Wednesday with 18 holes of action. More rain is forecasted for Wednesday at Palos Verdes Golf Club.

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