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Women's Golf Leads at NCAA Championships
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Release: 06/21/1999
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May 22, 1998

By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Sports Writer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Scoreboard shock cost Southern California freshman Jennifer Rosales sole possession of first place heading into the final round of the NCAA Division I women's golf championship.

When Rosales glanced up at No. 17 on Friday and realized she had surpassed Arizona State's free-falling freshman Grace Park, she got so unnerved that she hit her tee shot into the water.

"I felt like jumping into the water myself," said Rosales, a 19-year-old Filipino who is playing in just her sixth collegiate tournament.

"I almost fainted. I just saw my name on the scoreboard and thought, Oh my God! I'm leading!' And I just choked," said Rosales, who double-bogeyed the hole, briefly falling out of first place.

Rosales moved back into a tie, however, when Park, a 19-year-old from Seoul, bogeyed the same hole on her way to a 5-over-par 77 after consecutive record-tying 65s.

Rosales shot a 1-over 73 on the cold, windy and rainy day. She had three birdies, two bogeys and a double-bogey on the University Ridge Course.

Tulsa sophomore Christina Kuld had the day's best round, a 4-under 68 that pulled her within three strokes of the lead. Duke junior Jenny Chuasiriporn, who shot a 74, is four shots back, with Arizona State senior Kellee Booth another shot back.

The leaders' 9-under 207 total is the best three-day score in the tournament's 17-year history, surpassing the previous mark of seven under, most recently reached by Vibeke Stensrud of San Jose State in 1995.

That was of little consolation to Park, the nation's top-ranked collegiate player who medaled at the Rolex Fall Preview here last year and who had never finished above par in her six rounds on the University of Wisconsin's bent grass course.

"I just had a tough day overall," said Park, who had four bogeys, a double-bogey and one birdie. "I didn't hit too well off the tee, got in some trouble in the front nine and then missed a couple of short putts."

But Park's teammates picked up the slack, helping defending champion Arizona State, winner of four of the last five national titles, to a 9-under 855 total, 14 strokes ahead of second-place Florida and 19 ahead of Arizona.

Even with the Sun Devils running away from the 19-team field, the individual title is up for grabs.

"It's always good to have a close finish," Chuasiriporn said. "No one likes it when somebody wins by 10."

Despite the fantastic freshmen performances so far, Chuasiriporn said experience should benefit upperclassmen over the final 18 holes.

So should the cold, wet weather.

"Jenny and I have played in a lot of college tournaments like this where this is the weather you get," Booth said. "When you play junior tournaments, you never get conditions like this. I mean, you're always out there in the sun in the summertime."

Kuld was one of the very few of the 99 golfers who also adored the nasty weather, which, combined with tougher pin placements, took its toll as only six golfers broke par on the 6,033-yard layout.

"This is mostly a warm summer day for me," said Kuld, a native of Denmark who is praying for the storm system to stay in place.

"If it's bad weather like this, I might have a chance," she said. "If it's good weather, I don't know."

Regardless of the forecast, Park and Rosales plan opposite approaches for the last round of the 72-hole medal play tournament.

"I know I'll look at the scoreboard and I'll wonder," Park said.

Not so Rosales.

"It bothers me big-time when I saw my name over there," Rosales said. "I need those blinders that they put on horses."

Scores Friday after the third round of the NCAA Division I women's golf championship at the 6,033-yard, par-72 University Ridge Golf Course at the University of Wisconsin:

Team Scores
     1, Arizona State, 277-288-290-855.
     2, Florida 285-296-288-869.
     3, Arizona, 290-288-296-874.
     4, Duke 285-298-297-880.
     5, Southern Cal 299-291-298-888.
     6, LSU 291-301-301-893.
     7, Georgia 296-295-303-894.
     (tie), Tulsa 301-298-295-894.
     9, New Mexico 294-304-301-899.
     10, Indiana 284-303-313-900.
     11, Stanford 304-292-305-901.
     12, Ohio State 294-299-310-903.
     13, North Carolina 290-309-307-906.
     14, Texas 301-304-303-908.
     15, Oregon State 298-307-308-913.
     16, New Mexico St 301-296-317-914.
     17, Washington 303-298-314-915.
     18, Oregon 310-294-312-916.
     19, Auburn 295-314-309-918.

Individual Scores Jennifer Rosales, USC 68-66-73-207 Grace Park, Arizona State 65-65-77-207 Christina Kuld, Tulsa 70-72-68-210 Jenny Chuasiriporn, Duke 65-72-74-211 Kellee Booth, Arizona State 68-71-73-212 Sara Beautell, Florida 68-75-70-213 Ann Pohira, Florida 71-69-73-213 Ryley Webb, New Mexico 68-70-77-215 Julia Boros, Georgia 70-70-75-215 Jenna Daniels, Arizona 72-70-75-217 Krissie Register, Arizona 74-73-71-218 Riko Higashio, Florida 72-76-70-218 JeanneMarie Busuttil, ASU 71-76-71-218 Stephanie Keever, Stanford 75-70-73-218 AJ Eathorne, New Mexico St 71-72-76-219 Niina Laitinen, Tulsa 72-75-72-219 Alicia Allison, Duke 72-74-74-220 Nicole Dalkas, USC 76-71-73-220 Marisa Baena, Arizona 74-71-75-220 Michelle Louviere, LSU 73-72-76-221 Marisa Wilhelm, Ohio State 74-75-73-222 Kathleen Takaishi, Oregon St 70-75-77-222 Erin Carney, Indiana 74-72-77-223 Shelley McKevitt, N Carolina 71-77-75-223 Heather Graff, Arizona 70-78-75-223 Marcy Newton, North Carolina 71-76-76-223 Tui Selvaratnum, Arizona State 77-77-70-224 Reilley Rankin, Georgia 74-74-76-224 Shauna Estes, Georgia 74-76-74-224 Sasha Medina, New Mexico St 74-73-78-225 Robin Cook, Auburn 80-73-72-225 Jill Gomric, Arizona 75-74-76-225 Keri Cornelius, Arizona State 73-76-76-225 Anjeanette Dabbs, Oregon St 73-76-76-225 Ashley Winn, LSU 72-77-76-225 Hilary Homeyer, Stanford 77-71-77-225 Paula Patterson, Oregon 76-71-78-225 Salimah Mussani, Texas 76-75-75-226 Kathryn Cusick, Alabama 76-74-76-226 Lisette Lee, LSU 75-75-76-226 Jennifer Waterhouse, Texas 74-76-76-226 Bethany Overstake, Ohio State 74-74-78-226 Jenny Gray, Indiana 67-80-79-226 Amie Lehman, Duke 76-78-73-227 Laura Blessey, Texas 77-74-76-227 Kalen Anderson, Duke 73-78-76-227 Britney Holt, New Mexico 71-79-77-227 Jae Jean Ro, Stanford 73-76-78-227 Maria Boden, Oklahoma State 71-78-78-227 Elisha Au, Washington 71-74-82-227 Rachel Duncan, New Mexico St 76-71-81-228 JJ McCormick, New Mexico 76-76-76-228 Virginia Costa, Florida 77-76-75-228 Marty Goldthorp, Auburn 74-79-75-228 Lauren Jeske, Florida 74-78-76-228 Lisa Strom, Ohio State 75-75-78-228 Filippa Hansson, Duke 75-74-79-228 Andrea Cordova, Washington 72-77-79-228 Kristen MacLaren, UTEP 75-73-80-228 Natalie Mosher, Ohio State 72-75-81-228 Laura Moore, LSU 79-77-73-229 Heather Kraus, Kentucky 76-78-75-229 Johanna Josefsson, USC 77-76-76-229 Karen Bristow, Oregon 77-72-80-229 Michelle Hatfield, Indiana 80-72-78-230 Kylie Wilson, Oregon 78-74-78-230 Jessica Belskis, Stanford 79-75-77-231 Carina Olsson, Oregon State 76-78-77-231 Laura Henderson, Georgia 78-75-78-231 Sami Montgomery, Indiana 71-79-81-231 Angie Hopkins, New Mexico 79-79-74-232 Patricia White, North Carolina 76-81-75-232 Anika Heuser, Oregon 79-77-76-232 Stacy Sewell, Texas 77-79-76-232 Shelly Bonfantine, New Mexico 79-80-74-233 Danielle La Voie, USC 78-79-76-233 Jennifer Seger, Indiana 72-82-79-233 Megan Morgan, North Carolina 73-77-83-233 Katy Wilkinson, LSU 71-83-80-234 Paola Bellotti, Washington 78-82-75-235 Lisa Penske, Tulsa 84-74-77-235 Jennifer Stapleton, Washington 82-75-78-235 Ida Danielsson, USC 78-78-79-235 Katie Gallina, Auburn 72-84-79-235 Lee Shirley, North Carolina 75-79-81-235 Audrey Fisher, Auburn 72-80-83-235 Julia Smith, Washington 82-72-82-236 Amy Sands, Texas 74-80-82-236 Rachel Borcherts, Oregon St 81-78-78-237 Filippa Helmersson, Tulsa 78-81-78-237 Amber Amstutz, Ohio State 74-81-82-237 Stacy Rambin, Tulsa 81-77-80-238 Pam Sowden, Oregon 79-78-82-239 Shannon Ogg, Georgia 79-80-82-241 Julie Dunn, Stanford 79-79-83-241 Kate Dunn, New Mexico St 80-80-82-242 Kami Smith, Auburn 77-82-85-244 Anne Brooksby, Oregon State 79-89-86-254 Jennifer Gomez, New Mexico St. 90-91-95-276

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