May 21, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's golf team is in ninth place after the first round of the NCAA Championships at the Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash. Oklahoma carded its second lowest opening round score (299) of the spring. Arizona is leading the field by nine strokes after shooting a 285. Duke's Virada NIrapathpongporn is leading the tournament individually after turning in a 68.

Oklahoma received a great performance from senior Jennifer Tannehill, who carded a two-under par 70. Tannehill is tied for third place in the field of 124 competitors. Junior Allison Johnson also had an excellent round with a score of 73, which included five birdies. Senior Wendy Martin carded a 77 and is in 70th place. Trailing Martin by two strokes is sophomore Lisa Meldrum. Fellow Sophomore Hope Edge carded a first round score of 81.

Oklahoma will begin the second round off the first tee starting at 12:10 p.m.

Team Standings
1.Arizona                 285
2.Duke            294
Georgia         294
4.Auburn           298
California       298
Florida          298
South Carolina   298
Wake Forest     298
9.Ohio State       299
Oklahoma         299
Oklahoma State    299
Stanford        299
13.Arizona State       301
Michigan             301
Pepperdine      301
16Tulsa                 302
Washington             302
18.Purdue                 304
19.Texas                  305
Michigan State       305
21.Southern California307
22.Vanderbilt      311
23.South Florida    313
24.UCLA            314

Individual Standings 1.Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke68 2.Summer Sirmons, Georgia 69 T3.Angela Jerman, Georgia 70 Laura Myerscough, Arizona70 Janice Olivencia, Texas 70 *Alena Sharp, New Mexico State70 Jennifer Tannehill, Oklahoma70 Marcia Wallis, Stanford 70 Lindsey Wright, Pepperdine70

OU Individual Standings T3.Jennifer Tannehill70 T19.Allison Johnson 73 T70.Wendy Martin 77 T94.Lisa Meldrum 79 T112.Hope Edge 81 * indicates an individual competitor