May 23, 1998
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The rest of the field at the NCAA Division I women's
golf championship crowded into the University Ridge clubhouse, waiting out an
hour-long rainstorm by eating pizza and bagels.
Jennifer Rosales, Southern California's 19-year-old freshman from the
Philippines who was atop the leaderboard at the time, was too nervous to eat.
She opted for some motherly advice.
"I called my mother in Manila. She calmed me down," said Rosales, who went
on to win the title by three strokes over Tulsa sophomore Christina Kuld.
Rosales shot a par round of 72 Saturday and finished with a 9-under-par 279
total in just her sixth collegiate tournament.
Despite freshman Grace Park's free fall from consecutive record-tying 65s on
the first two days of the 72-hole medal play tournament, Arizona State won its second
straight team title and fifth in six seasons.
"I am happy for the team," Park said. "But it is very hard to
Behind senior Kellee Booth's steady play, ASU finished with a 3-over total
of 1,115, 17 strokes better than surprising Florida, which overcame a
disappointing ninth-place finish at the Southeastern Conference championship
and the resignation of coach Kim Haddow last month.
Under interim coach Kelly Myers, the Gators finished fifth in the East
Regional and fared better than 17 of the other 18 teams at the championship.
Arizona was third in the team competition, 18 strokes behind the rival Sun
Devils. Duke was fourth, 24 strokes back.
Rosales figured she was through when she bogeyed the first three holes
"I thought it was the end of the world," confessed Rosales, who enrolled
at USC just last January after becoming academically eligible.
Rosales, who frequently reached into her pocket to rub a miniature statuette
of the Virgin Mary, birdied No. 5 to get back on track.
Her low round coming into the tournament was a 73, which she matched Friday
and surpassed three times at the University of Wisconsin's bent grass course.
"I kind of felt like she's been our secret weapon," coach Andrea Gaston
said. "Even when we were recruiting her, we kind of kept it quiet."
That will be impossible now.
Rosales plans to return next year to try to become the first repeat champion
in the history of the NCAA championship.
"I have no plans to turn professional right now," Rosales said. "I have
too much left to learn."
Rosales held a one-stroke lead over Kuld when the sirens sounded at
mid-afternoon, indicating lightning and forcing the field of 99 golfers inside.
Park, a 19-year-old from Seoul and the nation's top-ranked collegiate
player, finished four strokes behind Rosales, her co-leader at the start of the
"I am very disappointed," Park said after her 76. "I had never lost a
lead. I was always proud of that - that I could take care of a lead."
Kuld, a 24-year-old sophomore from Denmark whose eligibility expired
Saturday, finished with a 72 and 6-under 282 total on the 6,033-yard layout.
"I learned a lot in my two years, the language, golf, and I met a lot of
great friends," said Kuld, who plans to turn pro in 1999.
Booth was fourth, six strokes back at 284, and was followed by Duke's Jenny
Chuasiriporn at 285 and New Mexico's Ryley Webb and Florida's Sara Beautell,
both at 287.
Arizona State 277-288-290-300-1155
Southern Cal 299-291-298-305-1193
New Mexico 294-304-301-300-1199
Ohio State 294-299-310-305-1208
North Carolina 290-309-307-308-1214
Oregon State 298-307-308-312-1225
New Mexico St 301-296-317-312-1226
Jennifer Rosales, USC 68-66-73-72-279
Christina Kuld, Tulsa 70-72-68-72-282
Grace Park, Arizona State 65-65-77-76-283
Kellee Booth, Arizona State 68-71-73-72-284
Jenny Chuasiriporn, Duke 65-72-74-74-285
Ryley Webb, New Mexico 68-70-77-72-287
Sara Beautell, Florida 68-75-70-74-287
Jenna Daniels, Arizona 72-70-75-73-290
Stephanie Keever, Stanford 75-70-73-73-291
Riko Higashio, Florida 72-76-70-72-292
Krissie Register, Arizona 74-73-71-74-292
Paula Patterson, Oregon 76-71-78-68-293
AJ Eathorne, New Mexico St 71-72-76-74-293
Julia Boros, Georgia 70-70-75-79-294
Ashley Winn, LSU 72-77-76-70-295
Shauna Estes, Georgia 74-76-74-71-295
Alicia Allison, Duke 72-74-74-75-295
Niina Laitinen, Tulsa 72-75-72-76-295
Ann Pohira, Florida 71-69-73-82-295
Erin Carney, Indiana 74-72-77-73-296
Marisa Baena, Arizona 74-71-75-76-296
JeanneMarie Busuttil, ASU 71-76-71-78-296
Laura Blessey, Texas 77-74-76-70-297
Michelle Louviere, LSU 73-72-76-76-297
Marcy Newton, North Carolina 71-76-76-75-298
Kathleen Takaishi, Oregon St 70-75-77-76-298
Robin Cook, Auburn 80-73-72-72-299
Keri Cornelius, Arizona State 73-76-76-74-299
Nicole Dalkas, USC 76-71-73-79-299
Jennifer Waterhouse, Texas 74-76-76-74-300
Hilary Homeyer, Stanford 77-71-77-75-300
Heather Graff, Arizona 70-78-75-77-300
Marisa Wilhelm, Ohio State 74-75-73-78-300
Laura Moore, LSU 79-77-73-72-301
JJ McCormick, New Mexico 76-76-76-73-301
Jae Jean Ro, Stanford 73-76-78-74-301
Maria Boden, Oklahoma State 71-78-78-74-301
Jenny Gray, Indiana 67-80-79-75-301
Kalen Anderson, Duke 73-78-76-75-302
Tui Selvaratnum, Arizona State 77-77-70-78-302
Shelley McKevitt, N Carolina 71-77-75-79-302
Filippa Hansson, Duke 75-74-79-75-303
Natalie Mosher, Ohio State 72-75-81-75-303
Elisha Au, Washington 71-74-82-76-303
Salimah Mussani, Texas 76-75-75-77-303
Sasha Medina, New Mexico St 74-73-78-78-303
Reilley Rankin, Georgia 74-74-76-79-303
Johanna Josefsson, USC 77-76-76-75-304
Lisa Strom, Ohio State 75-75-78-76-304
Kylie Wilson, Oregon 78-74-78-75-305
Lauren Jeske, Florida 74-78-76-77-305
Britney Holt, New Mexico 71-79-77-78-305
Bethany Overstake, Ohio State 74-74-78-79-305
Jill Gomric, Arizona 75-74-76-80-305
Filippa Helmersson, Tulsa 78-81-78-69-306
Marty Goldthorp, Auburn 74-79-75-78-306
Anjeanette Dabbs, Oregon St 73-76-76-81-306
Stacy Sewell, Texas 77-79-76-75-307
Karen Bristow, Oregon 77-72-80-78-307
Virginia Costa, Florida 77-76-75-79-307
Kathryn Cusick, Alabama 76-74-76-81-307
Anika Heuser, Oregon 79-77-76-76-308
Heather Kraus, Kentucky 76-78-75-79-308
Andrea Cordova, Washington 72-77-79-80-308
Kristen MacLaren, UTEP 75-73-80-80-308
Amie Lehman, Duke 76-78-73-81-308
Patricia White, North Carolina 76-81-75-77-309
Laura Henderson, Georgia 78-75-78-78-309
Rachel Duncan, New Mexico St 76-71-81-81-309
Lisette Lee, LSU 75-75-76-83-309
Amy Sands, Texas 74-80-82-74-310
Katy Wilkinson, LSU 71-83-80-76-310
Shelly Bonfantine, New Mexico 79-80-74-77-310
Megan Morgan, North Carolina 73-77-83-77-310
Jessica Belskis, Stanford 79-75-77-79-310
Michelle Hatfield, Indiana 80-72-78-80-310
Rachel Borcherts, Oregon St 81-78-78-75-312
Danielle La Voie, USC 78-79-76-79-312
Sami Montgomery, Indiana 71-79-81-81-312
Amber Amstutz, Ohio State 74-81-82-76-313
Angie Hopkins, New Mexico 79-79-74-81-313
Julia Smith, Washington 82-72-82-78-314
Katie Gallina, Auburn 72-84-79-79-314
Jennifer Seger, Indiana 72-82-79-81-314
Stacy Rambin, Tulsa 81-77-80-77-315
Paola Bellotti, Washington 78-82-75-80-315
Jennifer Stapleton, Washington 82-75-78-81-316
Lee Shirley, North Carolina 75-79-81-81-316
Julie Dunn, Stanford 79-79-83-76-317
Lisa Penske, Tulsa 84-74-77-82-317
Ida Danielsson, USC 78-78-79-82-317
Audrey Fisher, Auburn 72-80-83-82-317
Carina Olsson, Oregon State 76-78-77-86-317
Pam Sowden, Oregon 79-78-82-80-319
Kate Dunn, New Mexico St 80-80-82-79-321
Shannon Ogg, Georgia 79-80-82-83-324
Kami Smith, Auburn 77-82-85-82-326
Anne Brooksby, Oregon State 79-89-86-80-334
Jennifer Gomez, New Mexico St. 90-91-95-91-367