May 10, 1997
Arizona State Wins NCAA West Region Women's Golf Championship
TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona State Sun Devils captured the 1997 NCAA West Region Women's Golf Championship, beating defending NCAA champion Arizona by one stroke at the Randolph Park North Golf Course (Par-72, 6,012 yards). Third-ranked ASU entered the day in second place, one shot better than the Stanford Cardinal, but used a final-round 4-over-par total of 292 to win the title, recording a three-day score of 1-over-par 865. As for second-ranked Arizona, it also fired a final round total of 292 and moved from third to second with its three-day total of 2-over-par 866. Stanford finished third, five shots off the lead at 870, while New Mexico State was fourth at 883.
"This means a lot," said Arizona State head coach Linda Vollstedt. "We have been working on this all year. We have been creeping up and inching up, and we finally made it. We have played really well the last few tournaments. This is how you want to play this time of year."
"Arizona State was one shot better than us this week," Arizona head coach Rick LaRose said. "Cinsidering we were playing without Heather Graff, I am happy with the way the girls played. We played pretty well and we will try to keep it going at the NCAA's.
The final round was delayed in the afternoon by an hour-and-a-half lightning and rain delay and was then wrapped up under intermittent light rain sprinkles.
The individual title was won by Washington's Dodie Mazzuca, who finished with a three-round total of 5-under-par 211. She shot a 1-under-par 71 this afternoon, helping her move up from the fourth place tie she owned going into today's action. Three players finished second, one shot off the pace at 4-under-par 212, a group that included Texas' Heather Bowie, Stanford's Andrea Baxter and ASU's Je'ne-Marie Busuttil. Oregon's Paula Patterson, New Mexico State's A.J. Eathorne and San Jose State's Janice Moodie tied for fifth at 3-under-par 213.
Stanford's Mhairi McKay, who was in first place going into the third round, shot a 4-over-par 76 and fell into a tie for eighth at 2-under-par 214 with Arizona's Marisa Baena - who was tied for second with Bowie before today's play began. Baena shot her high round of the tourney today, a 3-over-par 75.
Washington and Oklahoma State were tied in 11th place after regulation and had to go into playoff to decide who would advance to the NCAA's - a showdown that the Huskies won in a two-hole playoff on the 11th hole. UW's Andrea Cordova was the difference in the playoff, recording a birdie-two on the 177-yard par-three 11th hole.
The following 11 teams will qualify for the 1997 NCAA Women's Golf Championship, May 21-24, at the Ohio State University Scarlett Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio.
1. Arizona State 865 2. Arizona 866 3. Stanford 870 4. New Mexico State 883 5. San Jose State 884 6. Oregon 885 7. Texas Christian 889 8. Tulsa 890 9. UCLA 895 10. Texas A&M 896 11. Washington 897