No. 2 Cal Tied for 17th After First Round at NCAA Championships

May 20, 2003

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Tuesday's opening round of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships didn't go according to plan for many of the top ranked teams in the tournament due to poor playing conditions. No. 2-ranked California unfortunately fell into this category, shooting a plus-33 321, putting them in a tie for 17th with No. 21 North Carolina and No. 9 Vanderbilt with three rounds to play at the Kampen Golf Course. No. 1 Duke is in a tie for 11th at 318.

Scores were high across the board, so the Golden Bears find themselves only seven shots out of fifth place. No. 3 USC faired the best of the top teams as the Women of Troy lead the 24-team tournament with a 305. No. 8 Oklahoma State and No. 11 Ohio State are tied for second at 309, followed by No. 13 Florida at 313 and No. 10 UCLA at 314.

Cal, which is only in its eighth varsity season, is making its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships and looks to improve upon a 15th-place showing last season and a 19th place one in 2000. The Bears, which haven't finished lower than eighth in an event this year, entered this year's championship having won a nation's-best seven tournaments, including the Pac-10 and NCAA Central Region titles.

Freshman Sophia Sheridan, the only golfer in Cal's lineup without NCAA Championships experience, is in a tie for 36th after the first round with a plus-seven 79. Seniors Vikki Laing and Ria Quiazon are tied for 47th after carding scores of 80, while juniors Claire Dury and Sarah Huarte are 75th after rounds of 82. Despite the high score, Dury enters the second round of play with some confidence after firing a one-over on the back nine today.

Duke's Virada Nirapathpongporn, the NCAA defending champion, owns a one-shot lead over Oklahoma State's Annie Thurman after carding an even-par 72. Four golfers are tied for third with scores of 74.

Cal tees off tomorrow at 6 a.m. PT.

Women's GolfNCAA ChampionshipsKampen Golf Course (par 72, 6225 yards)First of Four Rounds

Team Scores (24 teams): 1. USC 305, 2t. Oklahoma State 309, 2t. Ohio State 309, 4. Florida 313, 5. UCLA 314, 6. Pepperdine 315, 7t. Stanford 316, 7t. Purdue 316, 9t. Texas 317, 9t. Auburn 317, 11t. Arizona 318, 11t. Duke 318, 11t. South Carolina 318, 14t. Georgia 320, 14t. Nebraska 320, 14t. Arizona State 320, 17t. California 321, 17t. North Carolina 321, 17t. Vanderbilt 321, 20. Kent State 324, 21t. Tulsa 329, 21t. Florida State 329, 23. Wisconsin 340, 24. Washington State 343.

Top 5 Individuals: 1t. Virada Nirapathpongporn (Duke) 72, 2. Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State) 73, 3t. Irene Cho (USC) 74, 3t. Allison Hanna (Ohio State) 74, 3t. Kim Rowton (Stanford) 74, 3t. Celeste Troche (Auburn) 74.

Cal Scores: 36t. Sophia Sheridan 79, 47t. Vikki Laing 80, 47t. Ria Quiazon 80, 75t. Claire Dury 82, 75t. Sarah Huarte 82.

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