TUCSON, Ariz. - The second-ranked Arizona women's golf team extended its lead over Duke and the rest of the field at the Wildcat Invitational on Tuesday by shooting a second round total of 290.
In a battle between the top two teams in the nation, Arizona currently holds a four-stroke lead over top-ranked Duke. No. 7 Texas, No. 4 Southern California and No. 5 Stanford round out the top-five.
Duke junior Candy Hannemann carded a second round of 69 to gain sole possession of first place with a two-day total of 140 (-4).
Arizona freshmen Lorena Ochoa and Natalie Gulbis continued their torrid play, shooting rounds of 71 and 72, respectively. Ochoa stands in second place at one-under-par 143, while Gulbis is tied for third at even par with Candie Kung of Southern California, Virada Nirapathpongporn of Duke and Suzanne Sowers of Texas. The Arizona freshmen have combined to win a total of three tournaments and have seven top-10 finishes in their first year of collegiate golf.
Sophomore Anne Lee of Arizona currently stands tied for ninth place with a two-day total of 147 (+3). Also scoring for the Wildcats were junior Cristina Baena, who stands tied for 23rd place with a two-day total, and sophomore Laura Myerscough who jumped into a tie for 29th after a second round of 73 (+1).
Three Wildcats are competing as individuals. Junior Cathie Williamson and senior Christelle Cuzon are tied for 67th place with two-day totals of 160 (+16). Senior Christina Monteiro shot a second-round of 86 and currently is in 89th place at 28-over-par.
The Wildcat Invitational wraps up action Wednesday with an 7:30 a.m. shotgun start at The Raven Golf Club at Sabino Springs.
Place School Score Place Golfer School Score 1 ARIZONA 293-290=583 1 Candy Hannemann Duke 71-69=140 (-4) 2 Duke 294-293=587 2 Lorena Ochoa ARIZONA 72-71=143 (-1) 3 Texas 303-289=592 T3 Natalie Gulbis ARIZONA 72-72=144 (E) 4 Southern Cal 295-299=594 Suzanne Sowers Texas 72-72=144 (E) 5 Stanford 298-301=599 V. Nirapathpongporn Duke 70-74=144 (E) Candie Kung Southern Cal 72-72=144 (E) Place Arizona Golfer Score 2 Lorena Ochoa 72-71=143 (-1) T3 Natalie Gulbis 72-72=144 (E) T9 Anne Lee 73-74=147 (+3) T23 Cristina Baena 76-75=151 (+7) T29 Laura Myerscough 79-73=152 (+7) T67 Cathie Williamson* 82-78=160 (+16) T67 Christelle Cuzon* 81-79=160 (+16) 89 Christina Monteiro* 86-86=172 (+28) * competing as individuals