May 21, 2002
AUBURN, Wash. - No. 16 California is tied for fourth after shooting a 298 Tuesday in the opening round of the NCAA Championships at Washington National Golf Course. The Golden Bears, which are making their second-straight appearance at nationals, are 13 strokes behind No. 7 Arizona. The Wildcats shot a torrid minus-three 285 to hold a nine-shot lead over No. 2 Duke and defending champion and 10th-ranked Georgia (294).
Last year, Cal placed 19th in its first appearance in program history at the NCAA Championships in Florida.
No. 1 Auburn, No. 11 Florida, No. 20 Wake Forest and No. 22 South Carolina are all tied with Cal. Four team are tied for ninth at 299 in the 24-team championship.
Sophomore Sarah Huarte, who was competing in Cal's No. 1 spot, leads the Bears in a tie for 14th. She opened at minus one on the back nine and ended up with an even-par 72 after a bogie on the sixth hole. Her 16 pars tied for the first day lead.
Junior Vikki Laing was Cal's next best golfer, tying for 30th with a 74. Junior Ria Quiazon and sophomore Claire Dury are tied for 55th with scores of 76. Dury paced the Bears with three birdies but a triple bogie on the 13th hole negated the birdies. Senior Anne Walker is tied for 94th with a 79.
Duke's Virada Nirapathpongporn fired a four-under 68 to lead the individual race by one stroke over Georgia's Summer Simons.
The Bears begin the second round with an 8 a.m. tee time Wednesday from the first tee.
Women's Golf NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS First of Four Rounds Washington National Golf Course - par 72, 6273 yards
Team Scores (24 teams):
1. Arizona 285, 2t. Duke 294, 2t. Georgia 294, 4t. California 298, 4t. South Carolina 298, 4t. Auburn 298, 4t. Florida 294, 4t. Wake Forest 298, 9t. Oklahoma 299, 9t. Oklahoma 299, 9t. Stanford 299, 9t. Ohio State 299, 13t. Arizona State 301, 13t. Michigan 301, 13t. Pepperdine 301, 16t. Washington 302, 16t. Tulsa 302, 18. Purdue 304, 19t. Michigan State 305, 19t. Texas 305, 21. USC 307, 22. Vanderbilt, 23. South Florida 313, 24. UCLA 314.
Top Five Individuals:
1. Virada Nirapathpongporn (Duke) 68, 2. Summer Simons (Georgia) 69, 3t. seven tied at 70.