May 21, 2004
OPELIKA, Ala. - California senior Sarah Huarte holds a five-shot lead in the final round of the NCAA Championships, but she'll have to wait until tomorrow to possibly secure the school's first-ever women's golf individual title.
Huarte, a U.S. Curtis Cup team member, was at four-under today through the first 12 holes and at 11-under-par overall when play was halted due to darkness. She was tied with Oklahoma State's Karin Sjodin at eight-under overall when play was suspended for three and half hours due to thunderstorms.
After the delay, Huarte was able to pull away with three birdies and two bogeys by Sjodin, who is second at minus-six (plus-two today) and has 10 holes to play tomorrow. UCLA's Susie Matthews shared the third-round lead with Sjodin but has dropped back to third at minus-five overall through eight today (plus-three). Huarte began the round one back and has played masterfully on day four with no bogeys and four birdies.
As a team, No. 3 California is tied for fourth with fourth-ranked Vanderbilt at plus-20. The Golden Bears are at plus-one today through 12-15 holes, while the Commodores are even-par between 11-14. No. 16 Texas is sixth at plus-29.
The race for the national championship has heated up between No. 2 UCLA, No. 1 Duke and No. 10 Oklahoma State. The Bruins began the day with a five-shot edge (-6) over the Cowgirls but are currently at even-par, three strokes ahead of the Blue Devils (+3). Oklahoma State is four shots back at four-over. UCLA is at plus six through eight to 10 holes in the fourth round, while Duke is at two-over and Oklahoma State is at five-over through the same number of holes.
Cal sophomore Sofie Andersson has continued her strong play, sitting at one-under through 12 holes and is currently tied for fourth with Vanderbilt's Sarah Jacobs. Cal sophomore Sophia Sheridan is at two-over through 15, while senior Anna Temple is at four-over through 12, and senior Claire Dury is at plus-six through 14 holes.
The top 12 teams after the third round will finish the fourth round tomorrow beginning at 6 a.m. PT, at the 6215-yard, par-72 Grand National Lake Course. The bottom 12 from Thursday's round all completed the championships today. No. 12 Washington carded the lowest round of those that finished, posting a 284.
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