HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (Nov. 5, 2000) -- The top-ranked Arizona women's golf team was unable to come back from an eight-stroke deficit at the Golf World Invitational and finished in sixth place after shooting a final round of 298 on Sunday.
Wildcat freshman Lorena Ochoa was the team's "one bright spot," head coach Greg Allen said. Ochoa claimed individual medalist honors, her second of the season and her career. The freshman sensation shot even-par to close the tournament at five-under 211. Ochoa wrapped up third-round play tied with Katherine Hull of Pepperdine, but won the title in a one-hole playoff.
Freshman Natalie Gulbis fired a third-round 74 to bring her three-day total to 220 (+4). Gulbis wrapped up action tied for 16th. Senior Christelle Cuzon tied for 36th place with a three-day total of 228 (+12). Junior Cristina Baena, ranked No. 3 by the College Golf Foundation, finished in 40th place with a three-round total of 229. Senior Christina Monteiro came in at 60th after a third round of 81.
"We didn't play well all weekend," Allen said. "We didn't have it this week, but that's the way it goes."
Auburn took the tournament title with a three-day total of 873 (+9).
The Wildcats wrap up the fall portion of the 2000-2001 campaign next weekend when they travel to Estero, Fla. for the Rolex Match Play Championships. Arizona is the top seed in the tournament and will face Georgia in the opening round of play on Fri., Nov. 10.