May 18, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - Two University of Arizona golfers were named finalists for the Honda award, it was announced Friday by the Honda Awards Program.
Lorena Ochoa and Natalie Gulbis were two of the four finalists for the award which signifies the top woman college athlete for that sport. Ochoa, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, has nine top-10 finishes in 10 events this season and leads the Wildcats with a 71.35 stroke average. She is the top-ranked player in women's college golf and has four individual wins this season, including the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference Championship. Ochoa also leads the team with 19 rounds at par or better and has finished third or better in eight of nine scoring events in 2000-01.
Gulbis, a native of Sacramento, Calif., has six top-10 finishes to her credit in nine starts this year and ranks second on the team with a 72.00 stroke average. She is currently ranked No. 4 nationally and has three individual wins this season, including the NCAA West Regional title. Gulbis, who carded a career-low 207 (-9) in winning the West Regional, has five top-five finishes in six spring events.
The winner of the Honda Award for women's golf will be announced May 25. She automatically becomes a finalist for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded annually to the nation's collegiate woman athlete of the year.
Ochoa and Gulbis have led Arizona to six team titles this season and a No. 2 national raking. The Wildcats will attempt to win its second consecutive national championship, May 22-25, at the NCAA Championships in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.