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Bear golfers squeak through to NCAAs

Daily Planet Wire Services
Monday May 14, 2001

Women finish eighth at regional, headed to championship 


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – No. 25 California finished eighth Saturday at the NCAA Central Regional with a score of 940, earning the final bid out of the region to the NCAA Championship, May 23-26, in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.  

The Golden Bears shot a 319 in Saturday’s third and final round, which was high like the other 20 teams due to extremely windy conditions at the par 72, 6040-yard Kampen Golf Course. Cal finished four strokes ahead of ninth-place Oklahoma, which started the day in a tie for eighth with Baylor, which also didn’t advance.  

After standing in a tie for third after two rounds, Cal sophomore Vikki Laing fired an 81 Saturday to finish the tournament in a tie for eighth (226), which is the best a Cal women’s golfer has ever placed at regionals.  

Freshman Sarah Huarte posted Cal’s best round Saturday with a 76, finishing in a tie for 58th (242).  

Purdue’s Kari Damron took medalist honors with a 216, shooting an outstanding final round of 71, especially given the conditions. Tulsa’s Stacy Prammanasudh was second at 218.  

Tulsa shot a 313 in the final round to win the competition with a 54-hole score of 904. Host Purdue finished two strokes back in second at 906. Texas shot the best round of the day (302) to place third at 910. The other teams advancing out of the regional were New Mexico State (925), Oklahoma State (925), LSU (928) and Kent State 932.