April 22, 2002
WALLA WALLA, Wash.-Opening defense of its conference championship and seeking its fifth title in the last six years, the Arizona women's golf team is in first place after posting an opening-round score of 5-over-par 293 Monday at the 2002 Pac-10 Conference Women's Golf Championships. Four of the five Wildcats in the lineup are in the top 10, individually.
"I am very pleased with the way our girls played today," head coach Greg Allen said. "They responded to the pressure of postseason play by posting some great scores. We just need to keep this up for 36 more holes."
Trailing the defending champs in second place is Southern California, which sits four strokes back of Arizona after a first-round of 9-over 297. California is in third place at 11-over-par 299, while Stanford is in fourth at 12-over 300.
Wildcat sophomore Lorena Ochoa paced the Arizona squad by carding her 11th consecutive round of par or better as she shot even-par 72 to stand tied for third after round one. The sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico, has won seven consecutive tournaments and 11 in her career, including the 2001 Pac-10 Championship.
Also in the top five for Arizona are senior Cristina Baena and junior Laura Myerscough, who are tied for fifth at 1-over-par 73. Baena continued her resurgence after missing the entire fall season due to offseason wrist surgery as she posted her lowest single-round score of the season. The fourth-year senior began both nines well, making birdies on holes No. 1 and 10.
The freshmen duo of Mar Garcia and Miriam Kraschinski completed the Arizona lineup Monday with scores of 3-over-par 75 and 9-over-par 81, respectively. Garcia, who sits tied for 10th place after the first 18 holes of the tournament, missed action in the Wildcats' final regular season tournament due to stiffness in her shoulder. Kraschinski is tied for 40th.
The highlight of the day for the Wildcats came on the par-5, 455-yard 10th hole as each member of the Arizona squad birdied to open the back nine. The five consecutive birdies set Arizona on a roll as it cumulatively played the final nine holes at even par. Only eleven other players in the tournament field birdied the 10th hole.
"The success we had on the tenth hole gave us some momentum after the girls made the turn," Allen said. "That helped us to keep focused and continue to concentrate as we finished the round."
Second-round action at Walla Walla Country Club begins Tuesday with tee times starting at 9 a.m.
Pac-10 Conference Championship Round One Scores
Place School Score
1. ARIZONA 293 (+5 )
2. USC 297 (+9)
3. California 299 (+11)
4. Stanford 300 (+12)
5. UCLA 301 (+13)
Place Golfer, School Score
T1. Yvonne Choe, UCLA 71 (-1)
T1. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 71 (-1)
T3. Jimin Kang, Arizona State 72 (E)
T3. LORENA OCHOA, Arizona 72 (E)
T5. CRISTINA BAENA, Arizona 73 (+1)
T5. Sarah Huarte, California 73 (+1)
T5. LAURA MYERSCOUGH, Arizona 73 (+1)
T5. Kim Rowton, Stanford 73 (+1)
Place Arizona Golfer Score
T3. Lorena Ochoa 72 (E)
T5. Laura Myerscough 73 (+1)
T5. Cristina Baena 73 (+1)
T10. Mar Garcia 75 (+3)
T40. Miriam Kraschinski 81 (+9)
T36. Cathie Williamson * 80 (+8)
* competing as an individual