TCU Opens Strong at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic

Feb. 21, 2005

DORADO, Puerto Rico - The Horned Frogs battled against 14-20 mph winds and tough competition to finish a strong second after round one of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Senior D'Rae Ward and sophomore Catherine Matranga carded identical numbers (74, +2) to share a five-way individual tie for third, just three strokes behind California's Sofie Andersson (71, -1). No. 3 Auburn leads the team field with a 299, just five stroke less than the Frogs' 304.

After the first round, the No. 49 Frogs have bested several teams ranked higher in the most recent Golfweek rankings. These teams include No. 5 Georgia, No. 16 Florida, No. 17 Texas, No. 22 Tulsa, No. 21 USC, and No. 18 Wake Forest, among others.

Sophomore Camille Blackerby joins Ward and Matranga in the top ten with her three-over par score of 75. Her mark leaves her locked in a seven-way tie for eighth.

Sophomore Stacey Bieber and freshman Elisa Gomez each own a sixth of 46th place out of the 75-player field, each shooting a nine-over par 81.

The 72 par, 6,000 yard course will be played in a 54 hole format (18-18-18=54). Last year's individual title went to USC's then-freshman Veronica Felibert of Caracas, Venezuela (213), presently tied for 30th with a seven-over par 79, and the team trophy went to Duke (862), who is not competing in this year's tournament. Play begins at 7 a.m. Central each day, Feb. 21-23.

Full results are posted at

TCU RESULTS: T3. Catherine Matranga, 74 (+3), T3. D'Rae Ward, 74 (+3), T8. Camille Blackerby, 75 (+4), T46. Elisa Gomez, 81 (+9), T46. Stacey Bieber, 81 (+9).



TEAM RESULTS: 1. Auburn (299), 2. TCU (304), 3. Cal (306), 4. Florida (308), 5. Georgia (312), T5. Wake Forest (312), T7. Purdue (313).

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 1. Sofie Andersson, Cal, 71 (-1), 2. Nicole Hage, Auburn, 72 (E), T3. Tiffany Chudy, Florida, 74 (+2), T3. Kelly Froelich, Georgia, 74 (+2), T3. Catherine Matranga, TCU, 74 (+2), T3. Maria Ringdahl, East Tennessee State, 74 (+2), T3. D'Rae Ward, TCU, 74 (+2).

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