March 5, 2001
Washington State Women's Golf
SALINAS, Calif. --- The Washington State women's golf team bounced back from a disappointing finish at the Inland Collegiate Challenge by firing a 305 and finishing the first round of the San Jose State Spartan Invitational in eighth place.
Tasha Browner (Tarzana, Calif.) and sophomore Donna Bell (Prince George, BC) paced the Cougars on Monday with a pair of 75s. The duo is tied for 19th overall. Senior Jennifer Dodd (Portland, Ore.) is two shots back and tied for 36th.
Playing in only her second event on American soil, New Zealand native Natalie Bratkowski carded a 78 for Washington State and is tied for 44th.
New Mexico State shot a 287 to take the early lead in the event, which is being played at the par 72 Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas, Calif. Arizona State is second, three shots off the lead, while Pepperdine is 11 strokes behind New Mexico State in third.
Alena Sharp and Rachel Bailey, both of New Mexico State, fired two-under par 70s, and are tied for the individual lead. A third Aggie player, Krista Ursula-Tuutti, is knotted with Arizona State's Lisa Meredith for third.
WSU's 305 on Monday is 30 strokes better than their performance Friday at the Inland Collegiate Challenge, and only seven shots off the school record. More important for the Cougars, they are leading San Jose State, Oregon State, Brigham Young, and Hawaii, who they are battling with for a spot in the NCAA West Regional.
The second round begins Tuesday at 8 a.m.
WSU RESULTS Team Total:305
T19) Tasha Browner 75
T19) Donna Bell 75
T36) Jennifer Dodd 77
T44) Natalie Bratkowski 78
T68) Emily De'Ath 82
1. New Mexico State (287) 2. Arizona State (290) 3. Pepperdine (298) 4. Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Washington (299) 7. Stanford (302) 8. Washington State (305) 9. San Jose State (306) 10. Penn State (308) 11. Oregon State (312) 12. Brigham Young (315) 13. Colorado (317) 14. Hawaii (324) 15. Rhodes College (328) 16. CSU-Monterey Bay (414)
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS
1. Alena Sharp, Rachel Bailey, New Mexico State (70) 3. Krista Ursula-Tuutti, New Mexico State, Lisa Meredith, Arizona State (71) 5. Jimin Kang, Arizona State, Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa, Hilary Homeyer, Stanford, Lindsay Morgan, Washington (72)