TEMPE, Ariz. (Apr. 6, 2001) -- Arizona shot an opening round of 16-over-par 304 at the PING/ASU Invitational at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course on Friday, April 6, and currently sits in seventh place. Wildcat freshman Lorena Ochoa fired an opening round 71 (-1) and shares the individual lead with ASU senior Molly Cooper.
Texas Christian finished Friday's opening round at eleven-over-par 299 to pace the field.
Freshman Natalie Gulbis stands tied for 23rd place after carding an opening round of 76 (+4). Gulbis earned medalist honors last week at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Invitational in Honolulu. Sophomore Laura Myerscough shot a five-over-par 77 to earn a tie for 35th place after today's first round.
The PING/ASU Invitational marks the fifth time this season that Ochoa, the nation's top-ranked golfer, has claimed the individual lead after a tournament's first round.
Sophomore Anne Lee shot eight-over-par 80 to finish action tied for 56th. Also scoring for the Wildcats was junior Cristina Baena, who is tied for 70th after an opening round of 82.
Seniors Christelle Cuzon and Christina Monteiro competed as individuals for Arizona. Cuzon is tied for 42nd place with an opening round of 78 (+6), while Monteiro shot 90 to wrap up action in 84th place.
Saturday's second round begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State.