April 25, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - A late-round flurry that included seven birdies on the final four holes of the day helped Arizona post the best team score of round two at the Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships. The Wildcats moved into second place with 18 holes to play. Senior Anne Lee and freshman Erica Blasberg share fifth place individually as cold, wet weather continued to hamper play.
"The team is excited, knowing that we're only five shots off the lead," head coach Greg Allen said. "We still feel like we haven't played our best yet. If we play to our potential tomorrow, I'll feel pretty confident about getting (consecutive Pac-10 championship) No. 4."
California maintained the team lead as it shot 11-over-par 299 for a two-day total of 591 (+15). Joining Arizona in a tie for second place is Southern California, which shot 14-over-par 302 Friday. The Wildcats and the Trojans stand just five strokes off the pace set by California with one round of the tournament remaining. Arizona State's Blair O'Neal assumed the individual lead after posting the tournament's only round in the 60s with a 3-under-par 69 Friday.
Senior Anne Lee is making her final appearance at the Pac-10 Championships a memorable one as she stands tied for fifth. The native of Northridge, Calif., carded a 1-under 71 Friday to bring her 36-hole score to 2-over-par 146. Lee is tied with Arizona's freshman standout Erica Blasberg, the nation's top-rated player in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Friday saw Blasberg shoot 2-over 74.
Fifth-year senior Laura Myerscough battled a shin splint in her left leg to post a round of 4-over-par 76. She is at 7-over-par for the tournament and tied for 14th place. Myerscough opened the day at 5-over par through five holes, but rebounded nicely to play the remaining 13 holes at 1-under.
Sophomore Miriam Kraschinski shot 4-over 76 and is tied for 24th at 10-over-par 154. Freshman Cassandra Kirkland shares 30th place with eight other golfers at 12-over-par through two rounds. Competing as an individual, freshman Whitney Welch moved into the top 20 as she shot 4-over-par 76 to put herself at 153 (+9) with 18 holes remaining.
A win at the 2003 Pac-10 Championship would make Arizona the "Quad Squad" as the team has won the last three conference titles. Including five of the last six years, the Wildcats have claimed a total of six Pac-10 Championships.
The tournament concludes Saturday. Arizona will play the final round with first-place California and second-place Southern California. The trio of squads will tee off from the No. 1 tee starting at 9:00 a.m.
Place School Score 1. California 292-299-591 (+15) T2. ARIZONA 299-297-596 (+20) T2. Southern California 294-302-596 (+20) 4. UCLA 298-300-598 (+22) 5. Arizona State 301-304-605 (+29)
Place Name, School Scores 1. Blair O'Neal, Arizona State 73-69-142 (-2) T2. Vikki Laing, California 71-72-143 (-1) T2. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 70-73-143 (-1) 4. Sarah Huerte, California 70-74-144 (E) T5. ERICA BLASBERG, Arizona 72-74-146 (+2) T5. ANNE LEE, Arizona 75-71-146 (+2)
Place Arizona Golfer Score T5. Erica Blasberg 72-74-146 (+2) T5. Anne Lee 75-71-146 (+2) T14. Laura Myerscough 75-76-151 (+7) T19. Whitney Welch * 77-76-153 (+9) T24. Miriam Kraschinski 78-76-154 (+10) T30. Cassandra Kirkland 77-79-156 (+12)
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* competed as an individual