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2006 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships Second Round Results
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/25/2006
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UCLA Takes Second Round Lead at Pac-10 Championships

            Cochran’s six birdies help Bruins to an eight-stroke lead

 

TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The UCLA Bruins carded a one-under 287 (-1) Tuesday and moved into the lead at the 20th annual Pac-10 women’s golf Championships at Oro Valley Country Club.

 

“I’m really pleased with the girls and how they stayed patient,” UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth said.  “It was awesome to watch Amie play well in a big event.”

 

UCLA sophomore Amie Cochran sank six birdies and carded a 68 (-4), the low score of the day, along with freshman Tiffany Joh, who collected two birdies and finished with an even-par 72, helping the Bruins card the only team score under par in the second round.

 

“It went real well today,” said Cochran.  “The conditions were a little tougher as the wind picked up.  For me tomorrow, I’ve just got to play one shot at a time and play in the moment.  I just have to hit each shot to the best of my capabilities.”

 

After leading the field in the first round, Arizona State shot a 299 (+11) in round two, 12 strokes more than its previous day’s score, and fell into second place.  The Sun Devils failed to card one score under par today.

 

“Our team as a whole really struggled,” said Arizona State head coach Melissa Luellen.  “Jennifer (Osborn) and Tiffany (Tavee) had two of their highest rounds all year.  We got nothing going as a team.  The team is so close that if it goes bad for one person, it goes that way for all of them.”

 

Only one stroke separates third-place California and fourth-place USC heading into the final round.  The Bears posted a 298 (+10) in round two, while the Trojans carded a 302 (+14). 

 

Oregon State showed the most improvement in round two, carding a 298 (+10), nine strokes better than its first round score.  The Beavers also jumped from eighth place into fifth with a 36-hole tally of 605 (+29).

 

“The team did really well today,” said Rise Lakowske, Oregon State head coach.  “An improvement from the first day to the second day was something we needed to do.”

 

The Beavers were led by Leah Whiting, who sits in a tie for third place with a 143 (-1). 

 

“I have parents here and it is one of my last collegiate rounds, so it was great to play well,” Whiting said.

 

Also moving up three slots on the leader board was Washington, posting a 608 (+32) and finishing the second round in sixth place. 

 

One bright spot for the seventh-place Arizona Wildcats was a hole-in-one on No. 17 by freshman Sommer Scholl.

 

“The hole-in-one was basically the only good thing I did all day,” said Scholl. “I have had three other holes-in-one, but this is the first in four years.  I didn’t see my last one go in because it was a two-tier green, but I saw this one go right in the hole.  It was a relief that I didn’t have to putt.”

 

Seven strokes separate the sixth through ninth place teams, giving the Wildcats hope for a top-five finish.

 

“We got off to a rough start and basically never got better,” Arizona head coach Greg Allen said.  “Our goal is to finish in the top five so that we can get used to the pressure that we will face during regionals.”

 

The Pac-10 Championships conclude tomorrow at the Oro Valley Country Club, a par 72, 6,495-yard layout.  Final round tee times begin at 8 a.m. PDT.

 

 

Team Leader Board

1.  UCLA                          291-287=578 (+2)

2.  Arizona State               287-299=586 (+10)

3.  California                     296-298=594 (+18)

4.  USC                            293-302=595 (+19)                 

5.  Oregon State               307-298=605 (+29)

6.  Washington                 308-300=608 (+32)

7.  Arizona                       301-308=609 (+33)

8.  Stanford                      299-311=610 (+34)

9.  Washington State        300-315=615 (+39)

10.  Oregon                      314-319=633 (+57)

 

 

Top-Five Individuals

1.  Amie Cochran, UCLA                        73-68=141 (-3)

2.  Paige Mackenzie, Washington           71-71=142 (-2)

T3.  Tiffany Joh, UCLA                            71-72=143 (-1)

T3.  Azahara Munoz, Arizona State         70-73=143 (-1)

T3.  Leah Whiting Oregon State              75-68=143 (-1)

 

 

2006 Pacific-10 Conference

Women’s Golf Championships

Oro Valley Country Club

Tucson, Ariz.

April 24-26, 2006

 

Second Round Quotes

 

Mari Chun, Freshman, Stanford

“Today, I was driving pretty accurate. I had a few unforced errors that caused me to go over par. I started off rough, two over, after two holes and ended two over. I tried to make a comeback. Hopefully, I’ll come in with red numbers tomorrow.”

 

Caroline O’Connor, Head Coach, Stanford

“Mari (Chun) was great today; she hit a lot of balls in the fairway. It was a solid round, but we struggled based on scores. We have some ground to make up tomorrow.”

 

Ana Kostina, Senior, Washington State

“My round was pretty good except for one hole. I played well, but I didn’t make as many putts as yesterday.”

 

Kari Sampson, Assistant Coach, Washington State

“Other than some bad holes we played fairly well. We made some mistakes that cost us a lot of strokes.”

 

Greg Allen, Head Coach, Arizona

“We got off to a rough start and basically never got better.  It’s frustrating because we are hosting this tournament in our home town, and coming in I felt really positive; but now we are in a fight for fifth place.  Our goal is to finish in the top five so that we can get used to the pressure that we will face during regionals.”

 

Sommer Scholl, Freshman, Arizona

“The hole-in-one was basically the only good thing I did all day.  I have had three other holes-in-one, but this is the first in four years.  I didn’t see my last one go in because it was a two-tier green, but I saw this one go right in the hole.  It was a relief that I didn’t have to putt.  As long as I practice my putting, I’ll be ok.” 

 

Paige Mackenzie, Senior, Washington

“I played very solid and put myself in good position for tomorrow. The course played tougher today.”

 

Mary Lou Mulfur, Head Coach, Washington

“Our round did not go very well. We’re not playing very well as a team. We struggled all spring season and I’m just waiting for us to snap out of it.”

 

Erin Andrews, Senior, Oregon

“I hit the ball a little better today. I didn’t feel as good with my putting today. We had a lot of fun playing with Washington today. We’re looking forward to tomorrow.”

 

Shannon Rouillard, Head Coach, Oregon

“We did not play well today. I think this is the highest team score we have had all year. There are no excuses, but our number one player (Cathryn Bristow) is pretty sick. It’s not that I believe the golf course is too difficult. If you hit good shots you are rewarded. If you hit a ball in the middle of the green it goes over so you have to adjust for that. The entire field is dealing with that, though.”

 

Irene Cho, Senior, USC

“It was a tough round. I tried to fight it, but I had no luck. There is always tomorrow. It was just bad luck. It was a day where everything goes wrong and where nothing goes how you want it to.”

 

Andrea Gaston, Head Coach, USC

“They all hung in there. I saw a lot of shots where the greens weren’t holding. Making a few birdies would have made the difference.”

 

Rise Lakowske, Head Coach, Oregon State

“The team did really well today. An improvement from the first day to the second day was something we needed to do. The 68 from Leah (Whiting) really helped. They really held it together. They stayed focused and finished strong.”

 

Leah Whiting, Senior, Oregon State

“My round went great. I hit the ball really well and putted great. The course is in great shape and it reminds me of home, I’m from Hawaii. I have parents here and it is one of my last collegiate rounds so it was great to play well.”

 

Nancy McDaniel, Head Coach, California

“We played solid. We let a couple of shots go that could have saved the back nine. We were sloppier than normal. All in all we are under 300 and we will try to improve on that tomorrow.”

 

Sophia Sheridan, Senior, California

“I think it went really good. I kept myself steady and gave myself opportunities.”

 

Azahara Munoz, Freshman, Arizona State

“Today, I played pretty good. I missed every putt short. My driving wasn’t very good; I missed a lot of fairways. Tomorrow, I just want to win and shoot par or better.”

 

Melissa Luellen, Head Coach, Arizona State

“Our team as a whole really struggled. Jennifer (Osborn) and Tiffany (Tavee) had two of their highest rounds all year. It was a disappointing team effort. Alissa (Kuczka) and Azahara (Munoz) played solid. Azahara was a little up and down. We got nothing going as a team. The team is so close that if it goes bad for one person it goes that way for all of them.”

 

Amie Cochran, Sophomore, UCLA

“It went really well today. The conditions we a little tougher as the wind picked up. The course is in great shape. The greens are true just like the greens we have on campus so it is like being home. For me tomorrow, I’ve just got to play one shot at a time and play in the moment. I just have to hit each shot to the best of my capabilities.”

 

Carrie Forsyth, Head Coach, UCLA

“I’m really pleased with the girls and how they stayed patient. We didn’t play very well on the front nine but we came back and played well on the back nine. I’m pleased with our poise on the whole round. It was awesome to watch Amie play well in a big event. The last three holes she did a great job of finishing. The last three holes she did a great job of finishing. It was fun to have her lead us and have her play so well.”

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