May 9, 1997

    Stanford Maintains Lead After Round Two at NCAA West Region

    TUCSON, Ariz. - Stanford University kept the lead it brought into round number-two of the NCAA West Region Championships after shooting a 3-under-par 285 this afternoon at the Randolph Park North Course. Going into today's action, the Cardinal had a two-shot lead over Washington after shooting an opening round score of 1-under-par 287. Stanford's two-day total now stands at 4-under-par 572 and it is followed closely by second-place Arizona State at 3-under-par 573 and host Arizona at 2-under-par 574. Yesterday's second-place team, Washington recorded a 306 today and fell into a tie for ninth with Tulsa at 15-over-par 591.

    The No. 3 Sun Devils moved up from third to second after firing a 3-under-par 283 today, while the No. 2 ranked Wildcats used the best round of the tournament so far, recording a 9-under-par 279. No. 1 ranked San Jose State moved into fourth place at 3-over-par 579 and New Mexico State completes the top-five at 10-over par 586.

    Individually, Stanford's Mhairi McKay shot a 4-under-par 68 to move into first place with a two-day total of 6-under-par 138 )70-68). Arizona State's Marisa Baene - the nation's No. 1 ranked player - blistered the course with a 5-under-par 67 to move into a tie for second at 5-under-par 139 (72-67) with Texas' Heather Bowie (72-67), who shot a 67 as well, joining Baena at one shot off the lead. There is a three-way tie for fourth at 4-under-par 140 - a group that includes yesterday's leader San Jose State's Janice Moody (69-71), Washington's Dodie Mazzuoa (69-71) and ASU's Je'ne-Marie Busuttil (71-69).

    Busuttil's afternoon was boistered by a hole-in-one on the par-3 11th hole, as she used a four-iron to ace the 177-yard hole.

    The tournament wraps up tomorrow with 18 holes on the docket. Play begins at 7:30 a.m. with players starting from the No.1 and No.10 tees.