May 22, 2002
AUBURN, Wash. - No. 16 California struggled on the second of four rounds of the NCAA Championships and dropped from a tie for fourth to a tie for 16th Wednesday after carding a 303 at the Washington National Golf Course. The Golden Bears' two-day total is 601, but they are only six strokes back of 10th-place Pepperdine.
The Bears finished the front nine at plus three but were 12 over on the back nine.
No. 7 Arizona maintained its first-day lead by firing a plus-eight 296 for a combined score of 581. The Wildcats are six strokes ahead of No. 2 Duke. No. 10 Georgia and No. 19 Oklahoma are tied for third at 588.
Junior Ria Quiazon paced the Bears in the second round by posting a 74 after Tuesday's round of 76 and is tied for 50th (150) with Cal sophomore Sarah Huarte. After leading the Bears on day one with a 72, Huarte followed that up with a 78. Sophomore Claire Dury has fired two rounds of 76 and is tied for 66th (152). Senior Anne Walker was the only other Cal golfer to improve Wednesday, shaving four strokes off her opening round of 79 to sit in a tie for 81st (154) with Bear junior Vikki Laing. The Bears were able to drop Laing's second-round score of 80.
"I finished really badly," said Quiazon. "I finished with three birdies on the last four holes coming into the turn. On the backside, I played pretty solidly and hit the greens, but I just three putted the last two. Everything was a lot better today, I just couldn't put a score up."
Duke's Virada Nirapathpongporn and Georgia's Summer Simons are tied in the individual race at minus-seven 137. Arizona's Lorena Ochoa, the nation's top golfer, is three strokes back at 140.
The Bears tee off in the third round at 9 a.m. Thursday.
Women's Golf NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS Second of Four Rounds Washington National Golf Course - par 72, 6273 yards
Team Scores (24 teams):
1. Arizona 581, 2. Duke 587, 3t. Georgia 588, 3t. Oklahoma 588, 5. Florida 589, 6t. Ohio State 591, 6t. Texas 591, 8. Arizona State 594, 8t. Stanford 594, 10. Pepperdine 595, 11. South Carolina 597, 12. Auburn 598, 13t. Tulsa 599, 13t. Washington 599, 15. Purdue 600, 16t. California 601 (298-303), 16t. Michigan 601, 16t. USC 601, 19t. Michigan State 602, 19t. Oklahoma State 602, 21. Wake Forest 603, 22. Vanderbilt 607, 23. UCLA 611, 24. South Florida 635.
Top Five Individuals:
1. Virada Nirapathpongporn (Duke) 137, 1t. Summer Simons (Georgia) 137, 3. Lorena Ochoa (Arizona) 140, 4t. Janice Olivencia (Texas) 141, 4t. Lindsey Wright (Pepperdine) 141.