Oct. 9, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore.-The University of Arizona women's golf team moved into first place at the Oregon State Invitational Tuesday by posting a second-round score of 288. Sophomore Lorena Ochoa, after shooting 5-under-par 67 Tuesday, shares first place with Kim Kouwabunpat of Stanford at 5-under-par 139 for the tournament.
Trailing Arizona in second place is round one leader California, which posted a second-round of 298 and is at 8-over-par for the tournament. Stanford, Brigham Young and Washington occupy third, fourth and fifth places, respectively. The 54-hole tournament is being held at Trysting Tree Golf Club, site of Arizona's 20-stoke victory at the 2001 NCAA West Regional.
"This has been a great team effort so far," Allen said of his squad's performance. "The team is really coming along. But, like everyone out here, we know it could be a lot better. We're missing some putts and we're not taking advantage of every opportunity. We know it is there for the taking tomorrow."
The Wildcats' two-round total of 577 is the program's lowest 36-hole score since their record-setting performance at last season's Stanford/Pepsi Invitational. Arizona's 288 team score also marks their lowest round since firing 287 in the first round of the 2001 NCAA West Regional.
Ochoa drained five birdies in shooting the second-lowest single round of her UA career Tuesday to grab a share of the lead heading into Wednesday's final round. The sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of her 11th consecutive top-three finish. Ochoa, ranked No. 1 in the Golf World magazine coaches' poll and the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index, claimed medalist honors last month at the NCAA Fall Preview.
Juniors Anne Lee, Julia Kraschinski and Laura Myerscough are also in the top-15. After posting a career-best round of 71 Monday, Lee shot 2-over-par 74 and is tied for sixth place.
Kraschinski continued to show improvement after missing the majority of the 2000-01 season due to back injuries. The junior from Whitianga, New Zealand, posted a second-round of 2-over-par 74 and is tied for eighth place at 2-over-par for the tournament.
"She's getting back to where she normally is, as far as shooting a good score," Allen said of Kraschinski's improvement. "With her having to take so much time off because of her back last year, we knew it would take a while for her to start playing as well as she can again. She's making big strides to getting there."
Myerscough also sits in the top-15 for the Wildcats. The Charleston, Ill., native posted a second-round total of 1-over-par 73 and shares 12th place with four other golfers. Also competing for Arizona is senior Cathie Williamson, who is tied for 74th place at 17-over-par.
"As good as we've played these first two days, I think the team is going to come out and play even better in the final round," Allen said. "I feel good about tomorrow."
The Oregon State Invitational wraps up action Wednesday at Trysting Tree. Arizona is in search of its first team title of the 2001-02 season.