June 4, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona golfer Natalie Gulbis finished tied for 34th place at the U.S. Women's Open, which concluded Sunday at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C.
Gulbis, a freshman from Sacramento, Calif., shot a 73-71-75-73=292 (+12) to finish in a tie for 34th place in the field of 150. Of the 19 amateurs to participate, she was one of just four to make the 36-hole cut and her 292 total was the second-best score by a non-professional.
Gulbis just completed her first season of collegiate golf in 2000-01 and earned first team All-America honors. She recorded six top-10 finishes in 10 starts this year and ranked second on the team with a 72.50 stroke average. Gulbis collected three individual wins this season, including the NCAA West Regional title. She carded a career-low 207 (-9) in winning the West Regional on May 12, had five top-five finishes in seven spring events.
UA teammate Laura Myerscough also competed in the Open, posting a 76-71=147 (+7). The sophomore from Charleston, Ill., was among a group of eight players who missed the 36-hole cut by one stroke. Myerscough tallied a 76.10 stroke average in 11 stroke play events in 2000-01 and earned two top-10 finishes for the Wildcats.
Gulbis and Myerscough are among five returning golfers from an Arizona squad that finished 2000-01 ranked No. 2 nationally in the final College Golf Foundation/MasterCard poll.