Oct. 10, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore.-Sophomore Lorena Ochoa won individual medalist honors for the sixth time in her career and the second time in as many tournaments in the 2001-02 season Wednesday at the Oregon State Invitational after posting a career-best 54-hole total of 10-under-par 206. Arizona finished tied with tournament champion California at 18-over-par 882, but took second place by virtue of the NCAA tie-break policy.
The Wildcats closed action at the Oregon State Invitational, held at Trysting Tree Golf Club, with a third-round of 17-over-par 305. Despite posting identical scores, California was awarded first place over Arizona as the low score from each team's fifth player broke the tie.
"We just didn't get it done today, regardless of the conditions," Arizona head coach Greg Allen said. "We had it and we gave it away. California rose to the occasion."
Ochoa used rounds of 72, 67 and 67 to finish nine strokes ahead of Anne Walker and Sarah Huarte of California and Kim Kouwabunpat of Stanford, who tied for second at 1-under-par 215. The sophomore, ranked No. 1 in Golf World coaches' poll and the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, drained 15 birdies throughout the course of the week.
"She's in the zone right now," Allen said about Ochoa. "She feels like she can win every tournament she plays in. And she's got the game to do it."
Her three-round total of 206 eclipses her previous career low of 210 at the 2001 NCAA West Regional, also held at Trysting Tree. Ochoa now has a string of top-three finishes in her last 11 collegiate tournaments.
Earning top-15 finishes for Arizona were juniors Laura Myerscough and Anne Lee. Myerscough, from Charleston, Ill., completed play tied for 10th place with a three-round total of 7-over-par 223. The Oregon State Invitational marks Myerscough's third career top-10 finish. Lee posted a 54-hole total of 9-over-par 225 to tie for 14th.
Junior Julia Kraschinski carded a final round 82 to close the tournament at 12-over-par 228. Kraschinski finished tied for 25th place, her highest finish since the 2000 season when she closed the year with five consecutive top-15 finishes. Cathie Williamson, Arizona's lone playing senior, finished in a tie for 73rd place at 243.
Arizona next competes in Honolulu at the Hawaii Fall Invitational, beginning Oct. 30.