May 25, 2001
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. - University of Arizona freshman Lorena Ochoa finished second at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, losing in a one-hole playoff.
Ochoa, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, posted a four-round total of 285 (-3) and was tied with Duke's Candy Hanneman after 72 holes. Hanneman earned individual medalist honors with a par on the first playoff hole. Ochoa and Hanneman entered the final round in a tie for sixth place, but each shot a three-under 69, the low round of the day, to earn a share of the lead in regulation.
As a team, the Wildcats' carded a final round 298 (+10) to finish in eighth place with a four-round total of 1197 (+45). Only two teams ahead of Arizona in the final standings were able to post a better score than UA in Friday's final round. Georgia fired a final-round 290 (+2) to erase a four-stroke deficit and win the school's first national championship. The Bulldogs 1176 (+24) total was three strokes better than runner-up Duke. Texas (1191) and Auburn (1193) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Both finalists for the women's golf player-of-the-year award, Ochoa and Hannemann were two just three players in the field to negotiate the El Campeon Course Friday and post a score in the 60s and overtake third-round leader Katy Harris of Louisiana State.
Ochoa was attempting to give Arizona the individual medalist for the second consecutive year. Last year, Jenna Daniels won the event with a four-round total of 287 (-1). The Cats have won four individual titles since 1990, tied for most in NCAA history. In addition to Daniels in 2000, Susan Slaughter (1990), Annika Sorenstam (1991) and Marisa Baena (1996) each earned individual medalist honors at the NCAA Championships.
UA's Natalie Gulbis posted a five-over 77 Friday and fell into a tie for 40th place at 302 (+14). The reigning NCAA West Regional champion carded just one sub-par round in the tournament. Laura Myerscough continued her steady pace, tallying a 75 (+3) to tie for 57th place at 305 (+17). The final-round 75 was her best effort of the week. Anne Lee shot a 77 (+5) Friday and finished tied for 84th place at 311 (+23), while teammate Cristina Baena wrapped up the competition tied for 92nd place at 314 (+26).
The 2001 NCAA Championships were contested at the El Campeon Course at the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort. The course is a par 72, 6,119-yard layout.