May 11, 2000
Tempe, Ariz.--- As if battling 23 of the nation's top 50 teams at the NCAA West Regional wasn't tough enough, Washington State's women's golf team was given another obstacle to overcome Thursday, The wind.
"The wind was really blowing hard and the afternoon scores were way up from the morning," WSU head coach Walt Williams said. "It was blowing 25 to 30 miles per hour but tomorrow they will flip it. We play in the morning."
Washington State, who entered the tournament seeded 24th out of 24 and is making its first postseason appearance, managed to salvage a team score of 317, which put them in 21st place, three strokes ahead of Pac-10 rival Oregon State and four ahead of Washington.
"We would like to stay ahead of them (Washington) and Oregon State," Williams. "We didn't play exceptionally well today but we came in seeded 24th and we finished 21st today, so that's not bad."
Jennifer Dodd (Portland, Ore.) carded a 77 and is tied for 53rd to lead Washington State. Sophomore Tasha Browner (Tarzana, Calif.) was the only other Cougar to shoot under 80, finishing with a seven-over par 79 and tied for 79th. Williams is looking towards senior Jenny Ballou (Portland, Ore.) for improved play in the final rounds.
"Jenny had a tough day," the second year coach said. "Jenny is the senior and has worked five years to get here so we're looking for things to get better for her."
Tulsa's Stacy Prammanasudh and Maiko Senda fired first round 70s and are tied for the individual lead. Prammanasudh and Senda also have the Golden Hurricane sitting on top of the team leader board with a 294, edging out Pac-10 powers Arizona by two strokes and Stanford by three.
The West Regional, which is being played on Arizona State's par-72 Karsten Golf Course, will send 11 teams and three individuals to the NCAA Championship. Play begins on Friday at 8:30 a.m.
TOP FIVE PLAYERS: (1) Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa, Maiko Senda, Tulsa, 70 (3) Miriam Nagl, Arizona State, Angela Stanford, Texas Christian, 71 (5) Six tied at 72
TEAM RESULTS: (1) Tulsa, 294 (2) Arizona, 296 (3) Stanford, 297 (4) Texas, Nebraska, 298 (6) Arizona State, 299 (7) New Mexico State, Oklahoma, 301 (9) Pepperdine, 302 (10) Oregon, San Jose State, 303 (12) Texas Christian, 305 (13) Texas Tech, 306 (14) Oklahoma State, UCLA, 307 (16) USC, 308 (17) Baylor, 309 (18) BYU, 310 (19) Missouri, 314 (20) California, 315 (21) Washington State, 317 (22) New Mexico, 318 (23) Oregon State, 320 (24) Washington, 321