May 10, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 17 California is tied for second and within striking distance of first after two rounds of the NCAA West Regional Friday at Stanford Golf Course. The Golden Bears shot a 298, a tournament low second round score, and are tied with No. 19 UCLA at 595 heading into Saturday's final round.
The Bruins, which carded a 299 Friday, joined Cal and San Jose State (299) as the only teams to shoot second rounds below 300 under windy conditions. No. 15 Pepperdine's first round lead is down to three strokes, as the Waves sit at 592 after carding a second round of 303.
"Two rounds under 300 is where you want to be in the regionals," said Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel. "If you're under 300 for three rounds, you'll make the NCAA Championships. We're a little off the pace but certainly not out of it to win. The returning players especially are really coming together and gelling really well. The experience of having been here before has helped a ton."
The other five teams that are on pace to advance to the NCAA Championships are Arizona (599), Stanford (607), New Mexico (609), Arizona State (612) and Washington (613).
Junior Vikki Laing paced Cal in round two with a two-under 70, which tied for the low round of the day. She leads the Bears with a 145 and is tied for sixth. Junior Ria Quiazon and sophomore Claire Dury also are excelling for Cal, tying for 12th at 149. Quiazon fired a 75, and Dury shot a 76 Friday. Sophomore Sarah Huarte is on track to keep her string of nine-straight top 25 finishes intact. She is tied for 23rd at 152 following her round of 77.
"Vikki has been playing well," said McDaniel. "It's all coming together. When she wasn't hitting her short game very well, she worked hard on it, and now it's paying dividends, and it's coming together at the right time. Ria fights and fights and fights until the very end and gives the team a huge spark. Even if she's not hitting it well, she always brings in a score all spring long, especially in the last couple of weeks she's been awesome for the team."
Arizona Lorena Ochoa leads the individual competition by three strokes with a four-under 140. Pepperdine's Katherine Hull sits in second with a 143.
Cal tees off tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. from the first tee.
Women's Golf NCAA WEST REGIONAL Second of Three Rounds Stanford Golf Course - par 72, 6168 yards
Team Scores (21 teams):
1. Pepperdine 592, 2t. California 595 (297-298), 2t. UCLA 595, 4. Arizona 599, 5. Stanford 607, 6. New Mexico 609, 7. Arizona State 612, 8. Washington 612, 9. USC 616, 10. San Jose State 618, 11. San Francisco 619, 12. New Mexico State 621, 13. Colorado State 627, 14. Idaho 632, 15t. UC Irvine 637, 15t. Washington State 637, 17.Northern Arizona 643, 18. Brigham Young 644, 19.Campbell 651, 20. Denver 654, 21.Oral Roberts 659.
Top Five Individuals:
1. Lorena Ochoa (Arizona) 140, 2. Katherine Hull (Pepperdine) 143, 3t. Jimin Kang (Arizona State) 144, 3t. Alena Sharp (New Mexico State) 144, 3t. Lindsey Wright (Pepperdine) 144.