Wednesday, May 21, 2003


Curtis Cup Scot Vikki Laing from Musselburgh made a disappointing start to the United States NCAA Division 1 women's college golf championship at West Lafayette, Indiana on Tuesday.
Recent winner of the Pacific-10 Conference championship and elevated to her best ever nationwide ranking of No 10, California University student Vikki failed to play to her own high standards, returning an eight-over-par 80.
That put the Scot well down the top-class field in joint 47th place.
Virada Nirapathpongporn (Dukes) set the pace with a level par 72 to be a shot ahead of Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State).
Kent-born Australian Lindsey Wright (Pepperdine) was tied for 23rd place on six-over 78.
Irish international player Martina Gillen (Kent State & Beaverstown) had an 81 to be tied for 64th place.
Southern Californa (305) led the team championship from Oklahoma State and Ohio State, both 309 with Florida (313) in fourth place.
Vikki's California team, who entered the tournament with high hopes of winning the national title for the first time are already 16 shots off the pace in a tie for 17th place.
72 Virada Nirapathpongporn (Dukes).
73 Annie Thurman (Oklahoma State).
74 Irene Cho (Southern California), Kari Damron (Purdue), Allison Hanna (Ohio State), Kim Rowton (Stanford).
75 Aimee Cho (Florida), Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA), Sara Sasse (Nebraska).
76 Danielle Downey (Auburn), Susie Matthews (UCLA), Blair O'Neal (Arizona State), Anna Rawson (Southern California), Karin Sjodin (Oklahoma State), Celeste Trioche (Auburn), Kim Welch (Washington State), Kristen White (Ohio State).
Other scores:
77 Mikaela Parmlid (Southern California).
78 Lindsey Wright (Pepperdine).
80 Vikki Laing (California).
81 Martina Gillen (Kent State).