May 21, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona remains in a tie for 11th place Wednesday following the second round of the 2003 NCAA Women's Golf Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.
Battling a difficult course and challenging weather conditions, the Wildcats carded a 26-over-par 314 and stands in 11th place at the midway point of the 72-hole tournament with a 632 (+56) total. That is 24 strokes behind tournament-leader USC at 608 (+32). Oklahoma State (611), Pepperdine (613), Ohio State (616), and Florida (620) and Auburn (620) round out the top five places. No team in the field of 24 has been within 10 strokes of par through the first 36 holes.
Individually, Laura Myerscough leads the Wildcats with a two-round total of 155 (+11) and stands in a five-way tie for 24th place. The senior from Charleston, Ill., equaled the low round of the day Wednesday, as she was one of just three players in the field of 125 to shoot an even-par 72, and one of only four to equal par in either of the first two rounds. Oklahoma State's Annie Thurman leads the field with a three-over 147 total.
Two other Wildcats rank in the top half of the field, as senior Anne Lee and freshman Erica Blasberg are tied for 39th and 61st places, respectively. Lee tallied a seven-over 79 and has a two-round total of 157 (+13). Blasberg, the top-ranked player in the country, shot a nine-over 81 and has a 159 (+15) total.
Also competing for Arizona was freshman Cassandra Kirkland, who is tied for 72nd place at 161 (+17), and sophomore Miriam Kraschinski, who is tied for 108th place at 167 (+23).
The 2003 NCAA Women's Golf Championships continue through Friday at Purdue University's Kampen Course, a par-72, 6,225-yard layout.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals 1. USC 608 (+32) 1. Annie Thurman, Oklahoma St. 73-74=147 (+3) 2. Oklahoma State 611 (+35) 2. Kim Welch, Washington State 76-72=148 (+4) 3. Pepperdine 613 (+37) 3. Aimee Cho, Florida 75-74=149 (+5) 4. Ohio State 616 (+40) Danielle Downey, Auburn 76-73=149 (+5) 5. Florida 620 (+44) 5. Kari Damron, Purdue 74-76=150 (+6) Auburn 620 (+44) Allison Hanna, Ohio State 74-76=150 (+6) Mikaela Parmlid, USC 77-73=150 (+6)
Arizona Finishers T24. Laura Myerscough 83-72=155 (+11) T39. Anne Lee 78-79=157 (+13) T61. Erica Blasberg 78-81=159 (+15) T72. Cassandra Kirkland 79-82=161 (+17) T108. Miriam Kraschinski 84-83=167 (+23)