OSU's Sjodin tied for individual lead

OPELIKA, Ala. Oklahoma State sophomore Karin Sjodin is tied for first place individually entering the final round of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships. Sjodin is tied with UCLA's Susie Mathews and California?s Sarah Huarte with a three-round score of 208.

  The Cowgirls moved up to second place after carding a six-under-par 282 during Thursday's third round. It was the lowest round of the tournament so far, besting UCLA's 283 on Wednesday. The 282 is also the best round ever by a women's collegiate team on the Grand National Lake Course.  

"It's going to take a low score tomorrow to win the tournament," said OSU head coach Amy Weeks. "If we stick to our game plan, good things are going to happen. These girls are capable of shooting low scores. They are starting to believe that it is a lot easier than they thought. They have to stick to what they do best and use the information from the first three rounds."  

  Freshman Mallory Underwood turned in another solid round, carding a two-under 70. She is currently tied for seventh individually with a one-under 215 for the tournament. Fellow freshman Candy Herrera recorded an even-par 72 during Thursday's third round, and is tied for 18th individually.    

Junior Annie Thurman carded an even-par 72 during Thursday's round as well, and is tied for 27th with a five-over 221. Freshman Ashley Knoll, who shot 86-78 during the first two rounds, shaved four more strokes off her previous score with a 74.   

Sjodin was outstanding all day long, hitting most of the fairways with her long drives and hitting most greens in regulation. After birdying her first hole with a nice putt, she bogeyed No. 11 after her approach shot fell in a greenside bunker. However, she birdied two of the next three holes, and the next seven.   

"It's an awesome thing to watch Karin out there," said Weeks. "She is a phenomenal young woman and means so much to our team and the University."    

The Swedish native birdied both No. 4 and 5, a par five and a par four, respectively, and birdied her third hole in four tries on the par-five seventh hole. She bogeyed No. 9, her final hole, to finish with a 68.   

"This is a relaxing place with the birds and the water surrounding you," said Sjodin. "I believe we can play a good round tomorrow. It felt real good to have a great round today. I hit some solid shots."   

Oklahoma State will play the final round once again with the UCLA Bruins and the Duke Blue Devils. Those three teams will begin teeing off at 1:20 p.m. on Friday. That will be the final round of 18 holes.   

2004 NCAA DIVISION I WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS  

Grand National Lake Course ? Opelika, Ala.  

Par 72 * 6,615 yards   

Team Standings  

   1.      UCLA.............................................. 289-283-286?858  
   2.      Oklahoma State........................... 288-293-282?863  
   3.      Duke................................................ 289-284-292?865  
   4.      California.......................................... 309-282-292?883  
   5.      Vanderbilt......................................... 298-284-302?884  
   6.      Texas............................................... 302-295-293?890  
   7.      Ohio State........................................ 296-292-303?891  
   8.      Georgia............................................ 302-297-293?892  
            Arizona State.................................... 310-291-291?892  
  10.      Stanford........................................... 303-296-298?897  
            Florida State..................................... 301-301-295?897  
            Wake Forest..................................... 298-289-310?897  
  13.      USC................................................. 307-286-305?898  
  14.      New Mexico..................................... 304-292-304?900  
            Furman............................................. 302-296-302?900  
            Arizona............................................ 302-300-298?900  
            Washington....................................... 305-298-297?900  
  18.      Tennessee........................................ 303-297-301?901  
  19.      Baylor.............................................. 299-308-295?902  
  20.      North Carolina.................................. 304-300-300?904  
  21.      UNLV............................................. 308-299-302?909  
            Purdue............................................. 307-294-308?909  
  23.      Texas A&M..................................... 306-302-302?910  
            Michigan State.................................. 302-310-298?910  
 
  Individual Standings  
 
   1.      Karin Sjodin, Oklahoma State........... 71-69-68?208  
            Susie Mathews, UCLA........................... 71-69-68?208  
   3.      Sarah Huarte, California......................... 73-69-67?209  
   4.      Sofie Andersson, California..................... 75-68-71?214  
            Meaghan Francella, North Carolina......... 74-69-71?214  
            Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA.................... 74-69-71?214  
   7.      Mallory Underwood, Okla. State...... 72-73-70?215  
          Allison Fouch, Michigan State................. 70-72-73?215  
            Virada Nirapathpongporn, Duke.............. 71-72-72?215   
Other OSU Scores  
  18.      Candy Herrera....................................... 72-75-72?219  
  27.      Annie Thurman...................................... 73-76-72?221  
117.      Ashley Knoll.......................................... 86-78-74?238

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