No. 5 Cal In First After Opening Round of Pac-10 Championships

April 24, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Trysting Tree Golf Course feels like home to the nationally No. 5 Cal women's golf team.

After winning the Oregon State Invitational the last three years at Trysting Tree, the Golden Bears finds themselves in first place Thursday after the opening round of the Pac-10 Championships on the same course. Cal fired a plus-four 292 to hold a two-shot lead over No. 4 USC (294), while No. 10 UCLA is in third at 298.

Arizona, which has won the last three Pac-10 titles, is fourth at 299.

'We're off to a good start,' said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. 'We have to keep plugging away. Vikki and Sarah showed a lot of focus today. They're doing what they do best, leading the team in the right direction.'

With five tournament victories to its credit this season, Cal is in search of its first Pac-10 championship in women's golf. The team's best finish was a tie for third in 2002.

Bear junior Sarah Huarte and USC's Mikaela Parmlid are tied for first in the individual race with scores of two-under 70. Huarte won the 2003 Bay Area Classic in February. Huarte's senior teammate Vikki Laing and Washington's Sung Ea Lee share third with 71s. Cal senior Ria Quiazon also posted a solid performance, tying for ninth with a 74.

The second of three rounds tees off Friday at 8:30 a.m. The conditions for round one included rain, hail and cold weather.

Women's GolfPac-10 ChampionshipsTrysting Tree Golf Course (par 72, 6160 yards)First of Three Rounds

Team Results (10 teams): 1. California 292, 2. USC 294, 3. UCLA 298, 4. Arizona 299, 5. Washington 300, 6. Arizona State 301, 7. Stanford 307, 8. Washington State 312, 9. Oregon 316, 10. Oregon State 317.

Top Five Individuals: 1t. Sarah Huarte (Cal) 70, 1t. Mikaela Parmlid (USC) 70, 3t. Vikki Laing (Cal) 71, 3t. Sung Ea Lee (Washington), 5t. Three golfers tied at 72.

Other Cal Scores: 9t. Ria Quiazon 74, 19t. Anna Temple 76*, 24t. Claire Dury 77, 34t. Sophia Sheridan 78.

* competing as an individual

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