Ducks Finish Ninth at Pac-10 Championships
April 25, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. - Led by Jerilyn White's seventh-straight top 20 finish and season-low rounds by Megan Heckeroth and Claire Hunter, Oregon tied its best round of the season with a 299 Wednesday on the final day of the 2001 Pacific-10 Conference women's golf championships, played at the 6,101-yard, par-72 Karsten Golf Course.
White shot a 2-over-par 74 for the second straight day and finished the tournament at 4-over 220 to take ninth place and earn a spot on the all-Pac-10 second team. The Salem, Ore., native becomes just the second Duck named to the conference's first or second squad, joining All-American Paula Patterson who was a first team member in 1997 and a second-teamer in 1998. It was also the third straight year that White has finished in the top 10 at the Pac-10 tournament. She was ninth last year and sixth as a sophomore in 1999.
'That's a really great accomplishment because there are so many good golfers in the Pac-10,' said Oregon head coach Shannon Rouillard. 'She's been playing really well and consistent all spring and this is a great reward for all her hard work.'
Individual champion Lorena Ochoa, who defeated teammate Natalie Gulbis in a playoff for medalist honors, helped Arizona defeat Stanford by three strokes (873-876) to win their second straight championship and fourth in the last five years. Both the Wildcats and Cardinal shot 287 on Wednesday as Stanford could only keep pace with Arizona to claim second. Arizona State fell to third after a 297 for an 883 composite. USC finished fourth at 886, followed by Washington (890), California (891), UCLA (905) and Oregon State (912).
The Ducks fell a spot to ninth, but their 914 total was still their best three-round effort of the 2000-01season. Washington State was tenth at 966.
'We really played well,' Rouillard said. 'We were focused and played hard and really came through. We're going into regionals on a very good note.'
Heckeroth fired a career-low 74 Wednesday that helped her rebound from an 84 Tuesday. The sophomore from Tillamook, Ore., finished tied for 42nd overall at 236, also a career best. Hunter, a senior from Scotland, shot a season-low 75 Wednesday that was just one off her career low. Her rounds of 77-77-75 produced a 229 total that also the best of her career and was tied for 31st.
Senior Dawn Berry continued her solid play with her second straight 75 that gave her a career-best 229 to tie her with Hunter for 31st. Freshman Lacy Erickson carded a 76 and Junior Kathy Cho had a 77 Wednesday as both golfers joined Heckeroth in 42nd place.
The Ducks next await a bid to the NCAA Regionals at one of three sites: Oregon State, Purdue or North Carolina. Regional selections will be announced Sunday with 63 team and six individual spots available.
Pacific-10 Conference Championships
Karsten Golf Course
6,101 Yards, Par-72
TEAM SCORES - 1, Arizona, 294-292-287-873. 2, Stanford, 295-294-287-876. 3, Arizona State, 295-291-297-883. 4, USC, 295-299-292-886. 5, Washington, 302-300-288-890. 6, California, 288-302-301-891. 7, UCLA, 301-304-300-905. 8, Oregon State, 306-310-296-912. 9, Oregon, 309-306-299-914. 10, Washington State, 334-316-316-966.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS - **1, Lorena Ochoa, Arizona, 70-74-69-213, 2, Natalie Gulbis, Arizona, 71-71-71-213. 3, Kelli Kamimura, Washington, 74-71-70-215. 4, Vikki Laing, California, 72-72-72-216. 5 (tie), Stephanie Keever, Stanford, 77-72-69-218, Jimin Kang, Arizona State, 74-72-72-218, Kim Kouwabunpat, Stanford, 75-71-72-218. 8, Saki Uechi, UCLA, 75-70-74-219. 9, Jerilyn White, Oregon, 72-74-74-220. 10 (tie), Sarah Huarte, California, 69-75-77-221, Molly Cooper, Arizona State, 75-70-76-221, Anna Rawson, USC, 74-80-67-221.
**won in a playoff