Feb. 25, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.-Arizona stood in first place of its lone home tournament, the Wildcat Invitational at the Raven Golf Club, after one round of action on Monday. Darkness caused the postponement of the final three holes of the second round. Sophomore Lorena Ochoa, winner of five consecutive tournaments, was tied for first place after 18 holes.
The Wildcats posted a team score of 294 in the first round to vault themselves into first place, one stroke ahead of Texas. Arizona, one of the teams able to complete the second round, posted a second-round score of 301 to stand with a 36-hole score of 595.
Many of the teams in the field had two or three holes remaining. Teams still needing to complete the second round will begin play at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start and play the final holes of the second round. Upon completion, all 18 teams will begin the third round immediately. There will be no final-round repairing.
Ochoa posted a first-round score of 5-under-par 67. Her opening round saw her drain four birdies and an eagle on the 433-yard, par-5 10th hole. The sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico, capped her day by carding a second-round of 3-under-par 69. The two subpar rounds Monday bring her total of rounds at or below par to 14 of 16 rounds played this season.
A pair of Arizona golfers made long-awaited debuts at the Wildcat Invitational. Senior Cristina Baena played her first round of the season after wrist surgery, while freshman Mar Garcia made her career debut as a Wildcat. Baena opened the day with a 2-over-par 74 and stood tied for 14th place after one round. Garcia, sister of PGA star Sergio Garcia, began the tournament with a first-round of 3-over 75, placing her in a tie for 27th. Baena shot 82 in the second round, while Garcia carded a 4-over-par 76.
Among the few teams to complete second-round action on Monday in addition to tournament host Arizona were Duke, Auburn and Tulsa. Duke posted a two-round score of 589, Auburn stands at 593, while Tulsa fired a two-round team total of 605. Texas and UCLA, who were in second and third places after the first round, did not finish second-round play.
Play will conclude Tuesday at the Wildcat Invitational, with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start to complete the second round. Final-round action will begin immediately thereafter.