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May 20, 1998

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%^$Madison, Wisc. — Defending champion Arizona State has a%^$seven-stroke lead after the first day of the 1998 NCAA Division I%^$Women’s Golf Championship being held at University Ridge Golf%^$Course. The Sun Devils, who have won four of the last five NCAA%^$titles, shot an 11-under-par 277. 1998 Big Ten Conference champion%^$Indiana is a surprising second-place finisher after the first 18 holes with a%^$four-under-par 284. Duke and Florida are tied for fourth with a%^$three-under-par 285. %^$

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%^$Ohio State is still in the hunt at +6, tied for eighth place. Natalie Mosher leads all Buckeye golfers at even-par 72, good for a tie in 22nd place.%^$

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%^$Arizona State’s Grace Park and Duke’s Jenny Chuasiriporn are%^$battling it out for individual medalist honors. Both shot course records%^$65, tying the NCAA championship record for one round. The seven-under-par mark was first set by Vicki Goetze of Georgia in 1992%^$and tied by Caroline Peek of Furman in 1995. Jenny Gray of Indiana is%^$in third with a five-under-par 67.%^$

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%^$Of the 99 participants in the championship, 21 shot below par%^$enjoying the near perfect conditions on the course. %^$

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%^$The second round of the championship will tee off at 8 a.m. on%^$Thursday.%^$

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%^$NCAA Women’s Championship Day One Team Results%^$

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%^$Par: 72
%^$Yardage: 6033%^$

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%^$Fin School Scores%^$1 Arizona State U. 277 -11%^$2 Indiana University 284 -4%^$T 3 Duke University 285 -3%^$T 3 Florida, U. of 285 -3%^$T 5 Arizona, U. of 290 +2%^$T 5 North Carolina, U of 290 +2%^$7 Louisiana State U. 291 +3%^$T 8 Ohio State Univ. 294 +6%^$T 8 New Mexico, U. of 294 +6%^$10 Auburn University 295 +7%^$11 Georgia, U. of 296 +8%^$12 Oregon State U. 298 +10%^$13 Southern California 299 +11%^$T 14 Texas, Univ. of 301 +13%^$T 14 Tulsa, U. of 301 +13%^$T 14 New Mexico State U. 301 +13%^$17 Washington, U. of 303 +15%^$18 Stanford University 304 +16%^$19 Oregon, U. of 310 +22%^$

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%^$NCAA Women’s Championship Day One Individual Results %^$

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%^$Par: 72
%^$Yardage: 6033 %^$

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%^$Fin Name School Scores%^$T 1 Grace Park ASU 32- 33 65 -7%^$T 1 Jenny Chuasiriporn Duke 34- 31 65-7%^$ 3 Jenny Gray Indiana 34- 33 67-5%^$T 4 Kellee Booth ASU 34- 34 68-4%^$T 4 Sara Beautell Florida 35- 33 68-4%^$T 4 Ryley Webb New Mexico 32- 36 68-4%^$T 4 Jennifer Rosales USC 32- 36 68-4%^$

%^$T 22 Natalie Mosher Ohio State 38- 34 72E%^$T 38 Marisa Wilhelm Ohio State 37- 37 74+2%^$T 38 Bethany Overstake Ohio State 38- 36 74+2%^$T 38 Amber Amstutz Ohio State 38- 36 74+2%^$