April 7, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz.-Arizona's Lorena Ochoa continued her awe-inspiring streak of consecutive victories Sunday as she earned medalist honors at the PING/ASU Invitational, her seventh straight championship. The impressive performances of Ochoa and the rest of the Wildcat squad combined to post Arizona's best 54-hole team score to take third place at 17-over 881.
The sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico, matched her opening-round score Sunday in closing the tournament with a 4-under 68. She finished at 9-under 207, four strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Jimin Kang of Arizona State.
"I'm really happy and excited," Ochoa said. "It was a really good week for me. It is very special to win this seventh tournament in-a-row.
With the win, Ochoa continued her remarkable season in which she has won every collegiate tournament she has entered. Sunday's championship brings her career numbers to 11 titles, which ties her with Nancy Lopez at third on the all-time list of individual career victories. Ochoa now has a stroke average of 69.65, well below her record-setting mark of 71.33 from her freshman season.
Ochoa paced the Wildcats in Sunday's final round, helping them to shoot their best round of the tournament at 2-over-par 290. The final 54-hole score of 881 is Arizona's best tournament performance of the season.
"I'm very happy with the way we played," second-year head coach Greg Allen said. "Obviously we wanted to win, but this tournament provided us with a big momentum boost."
Junior Laura Myerscough notched her second top 10 finish of the season and fourth of her career as she tied for 10th place. Myerscough, from Charleston, Ill., completed action at the PING/ASU Invitational at 4-over-par 220, including a final-round of even-par 72 on Sunday.
Senior Cristina Baena continued her march back from offseason wrist surgery as she finished in a tie for 19th place at 7-over 223. Baena carded a 2-over-par 74 in Sunday's final round. Freshman Miriam Kraschinski and junior Anne Lee completed the Arizona lineup, finishing in ties for 53rd and 74th places, respectively. Senior Cathie Williamson participated as an individual and tied for 60th.
Allen noted the significance of the performance as his squad now prepares to enter postseason play, beginning with the Pac-10 Championships later this month.
"We, as a team, always concentrate on peaking at the right time," he said. "Our performance this weekend helps our confidence and gives us some momentum to build upon. With the three postseason tournaments coming up, we need to continue to get better every day and play our best golf of the season."
The Wildcats head north to Walla Walla, Wash., for the Pac-10 Championships on April 22. Arizona, the defending Pac-10 champion, has claimed the conference title in four of the last five years.
Women's Golf Results - PING/ASU Invitational
Fin. School Scores Fin. Arizona Golfer Scores
1 Tulsa 294-291-286-871 (+7) 1 Lorena Ochoa 68-71-68-207 (-9)
2 Arizona State 293-297-287-877 (+13) T10 Laura Myerscough 73-75-72-220 (+4)
3 Arizona 295-296-290-881 (+17) T19 Cristina Baena 74-75-74-223 (+7)
4 UCLA 298-295-290-883 (+19) T53 Miriam Kraschinski 80-75-76-231 (+15)
5 California 294-303-293-890 (+26) T74 Anne Lee 84-76-78-238 (+22)
T60 Cathie Williamson* 74-82-76-232 (+14)
* competed as an individual
Fin. Name, School Scores
1 LORENA OCHOA, Arizona 68-71-68-207 (-9)
2 Jimin Kang, Arizona State 72-73-66-211 (-5)
3 Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa 70-69-73-212 (-4)
4 Vikki Laing, California 70-74-70-214 (-2)
5 Kim Rowton, Stanford 74-71-71-216 (E)