April 25, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. - Second-ranked Arizona moved into a tie for first place at the Pac-10 women's golf championships Tuesday after shooting a second-round 292 at the Karsten Golf Course. Wildcat freshmen Natalie Gulbis and Lorena Ochoa occupy first and second places individually.
"We're excited about our opportunity to go out tomorrow and have a chance to win the Pac-10," head coach Greg Allen said. "We're in position, we've just got to take care of business tomorrow."
The Wildcats share the tournament lead with host Arizona State at 10-over par 586. Stanford sits three strokes back of the lead in third place at 589.
Gulbis, No. 10 in the MasterCard rankings and No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index, matched her opening-round score with a 71 and has sole possession of first place at two-under par. Her one-under par performance is her 11th round of the season at par or better.
"Natalie's got it going right now," Allen said about Gulbis' performance. "She feels like she should be a little lower, but she's happy to be in the lead."
Ochoa shot a 39 on the front nine, which included two double bogies, but rebounded with a 35 on the final nine holes to finish the day at two-over par 74. The freshman shares second place with Sarah Huarte and Vikki Lang of California.
Turning in an even-par performance in round two was sophomore Laura Myerscough, who sits tied for 16th place at five-over par for the tournament. Junior Cristina Baena carded a second-round total of 75 and is tied for 21st place. Sophomore Anne Lee shot a second round 75 and shares 29th place at 10-over par. Competing as an individual for the Wildcats is senior Christelle Cuzon, who is in 45th place at 14-over par.
The conference championship wraps up tomorrow with Wednesday's third round beginning at 8 a.m. Arizona will be paired with Arizona State and Stanford for the final round. The Wildcats will attempt to win their second consecutive Pac-10 title and fourth in the last five years.
|1.||Natalie Gulbis||71-71=142 (-2)|
|2.||Lorena Ochoa||70-74=144 (E)|
|T16.||Laura Myerscough||77-72=149 (+5)|
|T21.||Cristina Baena||76-75=151 (+7)|
|T29.||Anne Lee||79-75=154 (+10)|
|T45.||Christelle Cuzon*||75-83=158 (+14)|
*competing as an individual