April 19, 2010

Courtesy of Pac-10 Athletics

EUGENE, Ore. –
California’s  Joanne Lee started out strong, with four birdies in the first five holes and the redshirt sophomore from San Carlos, Calif., never let up. Lee completed the first day at the Pac-10 Women’s Golf Championships with a 5-under 67 at the 6,194-yard, par 72 Eugene Country Club.

“I hit the ball within one foot from 115 yards out on the first hole and then hit it within nine feet on the third hole so my nerves were gone right away and that really got me going,” said Lee. “I’ve been striking the ball okay lately and it all just came together today.”

In a field featuring four teams ranked in the top seven of both the Golfstat and Golfweek rankings, No. 2/1 Arizona State, with a 5-under 283 and paced by No. 18/9 ranked Juliana Murica’s 4-under 68, is on top of the team leaderboard. No. 5/5 USC is in second with a 4-under 284 while No. 24/17, led by the No. 22/23 ranked Lee, is in third with a 1-under 287.

No. 1/2 UCLA is in fourth after an 1-over 289, host school No. 34/35 Oregon is in fifth shooting a 4-over 292, No. 7/6 Arizona is in sixth after a 5-over 293 and No. 38/36 Washington is in sixth with an 8-over 296. No. 14/13 Stanford (13-over 301), No. 107/113 Washington State (29-over 317) and No. 101/101 Oregon State (29-over 317) round out the team standings.

On the individual leaderboard, eight players finished under par on the partially sunny but lightly raining first day of competition.  After Lee, Murcia is in second with her 4-under 68 and in third place following a 3-under 69 is USC’s No. 9/12 Lizette Salas. Three players are tied for fourth with a 2-under 70 – UCLA’s No. 5/4 Stephanie Kono, Washington’s Sadena Marks and USC’s No. 1/2 Jennifer Song. Erica Omlid paced the host Ducks with a 1-under 71, which tied her for seventh in the standings.

Round two will begin tomorrow at Eugene Country Club with the first pairing set to tee off at 8:30 a.m. The pairings will still be done by team on day two, with each squad’s top performing player from the first round teeing off last and the worst scoring tandem going first.

NOTES: This is the third time the Eugene Country Club has hosted the Pac-10 Women’s Golf Championships (1991, 2000) … USC’s Candie Kung won in 2000 with a 2-over 218 on a 5,557 yard course and UCLA’s Lisa Kiggens was victorious in 1991 with a 1-over 217. The runner-up in 1991 was Arizona’s Annika Sorenstam with a 3-over 219 …  Eugene Country Club was originally designed by H. Chandler Egan in 1923 and redesigned by Robert Trent Jones in 1967 and has hosted two U.S. Women’s Amateur Championships in the last 10 years.