May 21, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash.-With subpar scores from three golfers for the first time in 19 months, Arizona carded a team score of 3-under-par 285 Tuesday at the NCAA Championships and stands in first place after round one of the 72-hole tournament. Individually, a trio of Wildcats are in the top 10 after their opening day performances at Washington National Golf Club.
"I couldn't have dreamed of a better way to open the championships," said second-year head coach Greg Allen. "But this is a long tournament and we know that we still have a lot more work to accomplish before we are satisfied."
Junior Laura Myerscough carded the lowest round of any Wildcat Tuesday as she shot 2-under-par 70 to position herself in third place, just two strokes back of the lead. Freshman Mar Garcia and sophomore Lorena Ochoa also broke par as they each carded 1-under-par 71s to stand tied for 10th place.
After the tournament's first 18 holes, Virada Nirapathpongporn of Duke holds the individual lead as she shot 4-under-par 68 on the par-72, 6,273-yard course. Her performance placed Duke in a two-way tie for second place with 2001 NCAA champion Georgia at 6-over-par 294. Five teams (Auburn, California, Florida, South Carolina and Wake Forest) are knotted in fourth place at 10-over-par 298. Arizona holds a nine stroke advantage over second place.
A season- and career-best, Myerscough's round of 70 makes her the fourth Wildcat to shoot below par at least once this season. The native of Charleston, Ill., led all competitors as she made five birdies on the day, including opening the round with a birdie on the difficult, par-4, 380-yard 10th hole. Only five other golfers in the field birdied hole no. 10.
The youthful Mar Garcia continued her development as she posted her second consecutive round of 71. The younger sister of PGA star Sergio Garcia closed the NCAA West Regional by shooting 71. Garcia, who plays in the fifth spot in Arizona's lineup, finished the first round on a tear as she made birdies on three of the final six holes.
Wildcat sophomore sensation Lorena Ochoa finds herself tied for 10th place after she opened the tournament by shooting 71 Tuesday. Ochoa, who earlier this season won seven consecutive tournaments, finished tied for first at the 2001 NCAA Championship tournament but fell in a sudden-death playoff. Top-ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index, Ochoa is seeking her ninth win of the season and 13th win of her career.
The most experienced golfer in the Arizona lineup, senior Cristina Baena displayed the form that she used to help the Wildcats to the national title in 2000 as she carded an opening-round 73. Baena sits tied for 19th with three rounds remaining. Freshman Miriam Kraschinski completed the Arizona lineup and is tied for 70th at 5-over-par 77.
"Today was just a great team effort," Allen said. "I'm just pleased with our entire lineup. We're excited now to head out tomorrow and get the golf course early."
The Wildcats' score of 285 is the squad's best since a first round of 11-under-par 277 at the 2000 Stanford/Pepsi Invitational on October 20, 2000. The Stanford/Pepsi Invitational also marks the last time three Arizona golfers were under par in the same round.
Second-round play gets underway Wednesday at Washington National Golf Club at 8 a.m. Arizona will begin play at 8:50 a.m. on the first tee.
2002 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships Washington National Golf Course Auburn, WA Par 72, 6273 yards
1st Round Results
1 Arizona 285 T2 Duke 294 T2 Georgia 294 T4 Auburn 298 T4 California 298 T4 Florida 298 T4 South Carolina 298 T4 Wake Forest 298 T9 Ohio State 299 T9 Oklahoma 299 T9 Oklahoma State 299 T9 Stanford 299 T13 Arizona State 301 T13 Michigan 301 T13 Pepperdine 301 T16 Tulsa 302 T16 Washington 302 18 Purdue 304 T19 Michigan State 305 T19 Texas 305 21 Southern California 307 22 Vanderbilt 311 23 South Florida 313 24 UCLA 314
Individual Results 1 Virada Nirapathpongporn Duke 68 2 Summer Sirmons Georgia 69 T3 Angela Jerman Georgia 70 T3 Laura Myerscough Arizona 70 T3 Janice Olivencia Texas 70 T3 Alena Sharp * New Mexico State 70 T3 Jennifer Tannehill Oklahoma 70 T3 Marcia Wallis Stanford 70 T3 Lindsey Wright Pepperdine 70 T10 Nuria Clau Wake Forest 71 T10 Mar Garcia Arizona 71 T10 Lorena Ochoa Arizona 71 T10 Andrea Vander Lende Florida 71 T14 Melanie Hagewood * Baylor 72 T14 Sarah Huarte California 72 T14 Reetta Laakkonen South Carolina 72 T14 Blair O'Neal Arizona State 72 T14 Celeste Troche Auburn 72 T19 Natalie Aber Ohio State 73 T19 Cristina Baena Arizona 73 T19 Danielle Downey Auburn 73 T19 Meredith Duncan * Louisiana State 73 T19 Allison Johnson Oklahoma 73 T19 Jimin Kang Arizona State 73 T19 Dani Mallon Tulsa 73 T19 Melissa Martin UCLA 73 T19 Lindsay Morgan Washington 73 T19 Mikaela Parmlid Southern California 73 T19 Annie Thurman Oklahoma State 73 T30 Whitney Code Florida 74 T30 Meaghan Francella * Memphis 74 T30 Adrienne Gautreaux South Carolina 74 T30 Martina Gillen * Kent State 74 T30 Michelle Grafos Washington 74 T30 Katherine Hull Pepperdine 74 T30 Vikki Laing California 74 T30 Caroline Laurens Purdue 74 T30 Sarah Martin Michigan State 74 T30 Laura Olin Michigan 74 T30 Maiko Senda Tulsa 74 T30 Kristen White Ohio State 74 T30 Heather Zielinski Purdue 74 T43 Niloufar Aazam-Zanganeh Duke 75 T43 Maria Beautell Wake Forest 75 T43 Bess Bowers Michigan 75 T43 Mollie Fankhauser Ohio State 75 T43 Allison Fouch Michigan State 75 T43 Candy Hannemann Duke 75 T43 Jennifer Karr Oklahoma State 75 T43 Kristi Larsen * New Mexico 75 T43 Natalia Nicholls Georgia 75 T43 Angela Rho Stanford 75 T43 Le Anna Wicks Michigan 75 T43 Emma Zackrisson Oklahoma State 75 T55 Christi Cano Oklahoma State 76 T55 Jeanne Cho Florida 76 T55 Claire Dury California 76 T55 Leigh Anne Hardin Duke 76 T55 Ashley Hoagland Wake Forest 76 T55 Paige Mackenzie Washington 76 T55 Kelly Martin South Florida 76 T55 Kristy McPherson South Carolina 76 T55 Deborah Means Wake Forest 76 T55 Stacy Prammanasudh Tulsa 76 T55 Ria Quiazon California 76 T55 Diana Ramage Auburn 76 T55 Marci Robinson South Carolina 76 T55 Kim Rowton Stanford 76 T55 Kacy Thompson South Carolina 76 T70 Emily Bastel Michigan State 77 T70 Kim Benedict Michigan 77 T70 Jill Crowe South Florida 77 T70 Nicki Cutler Vanderbilt 77 T70 Allison Hanna Ohio State 77 T70 Miriam Kraschinski Arizona 77 T70 Misia Lemanski Michigan 77 T70 Wendy Martin Oklahoma 77 T70 Brittany Straza Florida 77 T70 Courtney Swaim Auburn 77 T70 Gaelle Truet Arizona State 77 T70 Meredith Ward Vanderbilt 77 T70 Linda Wessberg Oklahoma State 77 T70 Courtney Wood Vanderbilt 77 T84 Kari Damron Purdue 78 T84 Crystal Fanning Pepperdine 78 T84 Lisa Ferrero Texas 78 T84 Lindsay Knowlton Ohio State 78 T84 Kim Kouwabunpat Stanford 78 T84 Becky Lucidi Southern California 78 T84 Randi Meadows Texas 78 T84 Anna Rawson Southern California 78 T84 Christy Rittenhouse Purdue 78 T84 Yon Yim Southern California 78 T94 Yvonne Choe UCLA 79 T94 Megan Cushman South Florida 79 T94 Suzie Fisher Tulsa 79 T94 Louise Friberg Washington 79 T94 Beth Hermes Purdue 79 T94 Melanie Hunt Arizona State 79 T94 Rachel Kyono Pepperdine 79 T94 Lisa Meldrum Oklahoma 79 T94 Stacy Snider Michigan State 79 T94 Perry Swenson Texas 79 T94 Julie Tvede Tulsa 79 T94 Anne Walker California 79 T106 Whitney Christie Georgia 80 T106 Kristin Dufour Texas 80 T106 Abbi Francis Georgia 80 T106 Sarah Jacobs Vanderbilt 80 T106 Wendra Liang Stanford 80 T106 Erin Tone Arizona State 80 T112 Kathryn Brenny Wake Forest 81 T112 Jameica Duncombe South Florida 81 T112 Hope Edge Oklahoma 81 T112 Joni Gossett Vanderbilt 81 T112 Charlotte Mayorkas UCLA 81 T112 Jessica Till Michigan State 81 T112 Alicia Um UCLA 81 T112 Gina Umeck UCLA 81 T120 Maria C. Arenas Pepperdine 82 T120 Amanda Dick Florida 82 T122 Kristina Engstrom Duke 83 T122 Kelli Kamimura Washington 83 124 Kingsley Barrett Auburn 84 125 Katie Ruhe South Florida 87 - Leila Chartrand Southern California - * player is participating as an individual rather than as a team member.