Women's Golf Prepares For Pac-10 Championships
April 17, 2002
EVENT . . .
The Stanford women's golf team heads to the 16th Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship, April 22-24, at the Walla Walla Country Club (Par 72, 6,199 yards) in Walla Walla, Wash. Washington State is the Tournament host for the 54-hole Championships.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE . . .
A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 21 before the tournament begins on Monday morning. A four-flight pairing format with groups of two, two, three, and three teams will be used for the first round of competition. All 10 teams, based upon the coaches' seeding of the squads, have been assigned to a flight. Following are the team seedings: 1. Arizona State, 2. Arizona, 3. USC, 4. Washington, 5. California, 6. UCLA, 7. Stanford, 8. Oregon State, 9. Washington State, 10. Oregon.
The teams will play 18 holes each day, with rounds beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 8 a.m. on Wednesday. An awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2002 All-Pac-10 team will follow the completion of the tournament. The team pairings for the first round are as follows:
Flight 1 (No. 1 tee): UCLA, California, Washington
Flight 2 (No. 1 tee): USC, Arizona, Arizona State
Flight 3 (No. 10 tee): Oregon, Washington State
Flight 4 (No. 10 tee): Oregon State, Stanford
Pairings will be reordered for each round on Tuesday and Wednesday based on team scores.
TOURNAMENT SCORING . . .
The three-round competition will be scored by stroke play. Each team will consist of six golfers. One golfer shall be eligible for the individual championship only, and may not contribute to the team score. Four of the remaining five golfers may score for their team.
COMPETING FOR THE CARDINAL ...
Stanford will take six golfers to the Pac-10 Championships. Kim Rowton, Kim Kouwabunpat, Wendra Liang, Angela Rho, Jessica Belskis and Salimah Mussani (competing as an individual) will travel to Walla Walla, Washington for the Cardinal. Sophomore Marcia Wallis will not be making the trip due to a commitment with women's soccer team.
RANKINGS . . .
As of April 14th, the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index lists seven Pac-10 teams among the Top-30: No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 14 USC, No. 16 UCLA, No. 18 California, No. 19 Washington and No. 29 Stanford . . . Individually, Arizona's Lorena Ochoa holds the top spot, followed by No. 9 Jimin Kang, ASU, No. 15 Mikaela Parmlid, USC, No. 19 Becky Lucidi, USC, No. 41 Kelli Kamimura, WASH, and No. 47 Kim Rowton, STAN, rounding out the Top-50.
MEDIA INFORMATION . . .
Jason Krump is the media contact for the 2002 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships. All inquiries should be directed to him at 509/335-2684.
TOURNAMENT RESULTS . . .
At the conclusion of each round, results will be available via the internet. Point your browser to the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org or the Washington State website at wsucougars.com.
CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW . . .
Two-time defending Pac-10 Champion ARIZONA will continue the hunt for its first team victory of 2001-02. The Cats recently welcomed sophomore Lorena Ochoa (69.65 stroke avg.) back to the lineup after a three-week stint on the LPGA Tour. Ochoa, who owns a current streak of seven consecutive collegiate wins, placed fifth at the Welch's/Circle K Championship, eighth at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and tied for 37th at the PING Banner Health. Arizona looks to notch the Pac-10's first women's golf 'three-peat' since ASU won four straight titles in 1992-96 . . . ARIZONA STATE is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (April 13-14), and has finished 4th, 7th, 8th, 2nd and 2nd in its other spring outings. Sophomore Jimin Kang has been the Sun Devils' top performer this season, with five Top-10 finishes and a 72.00 stroke average. As a team, ASU has notched five Top-5 finishes . . . CALIFORNIA is also led by a sophomore in Sarah Huarte. She's posted a team-leading 74.50 stroke average this season with Top-25 finishes in each of the last eight tournaments. The Golden Bears turned in a second-place finish the Peg Barnard Collegiate (April 13-14) and have three tournament wins in 2001-02, the most in the program's seven-year history . . . OREGON is led by senior Kathy Cho, who helped the Ducks to a 14th-place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational (April 5-7). The Ducks fired a final-round 297, a 19-stroke improvement on their second round performance. Oregon posted a season-best eighth-place finish at the UCLA Pioneer Classic (Mar. 11-12) . . . OREGON STATE has two Top-10 finishes this season with an eighth-place showing at its own Shanico Invitational (Oct. 8-10) and a ninth-place outing at the Duck Invitational (Mar. 28-29). Junior Ashlei Pendleton paces the Beavers with a 77.50 stroke average . . . STANFORD notched its fifth Top-10 finish of the season, finishing fourth at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (April 13-14) on its home course. Junior Kim Rowton, runner-up at the Peg Barnard, leads the Cardinal with three Top-10 finishes on the season . . . UCLA sophomore Gina Umeck leads the Bruins with three Top-10 finishes on the year. The Bruins have notched six Top-10 finishes in eight events this season . . . USC has finished in the Top-10 in six tournaments this year, with a season-high second-place finish at the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate (Oct. 19-21). Junior Mikaela Parmild claimed medalist honors at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (April 13-14) with a 1-under 143 as USC placed third . . . WASHINGTON has two wins and two second-place finishes in six sprint events, including a win at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (April 13-14). Senior Kelli Kamimura has five Top-10 finishes and boasts a 74.63 stroke average, while Louise Friberg is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Peg Barnard . . . WASHINGTON STATE looks for the home course advantage of the Walla Walla Country Club. Freshman Kim Welch has three Top-10 efforts in her last four outings,while senior Tasha Browner continues to rewrite the Cougar record books, carding her 12th career Top-10 finish at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (9th) as WSU placed seventh.
2001 PAC-10 WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS . . .
Arizona captured its fifth Pac-10 title, second straight and fourth in five years behind the one-two punch of Lorena Ochoa (won in a playoff) and Natalie Gulbis. Cristina Baena tied for 15th and Laura Myerscough tied for 29th to pace the Cats. Arizona went on to finish eighth at the NCAA Championships, as Ochoa tied for first with a 3-under 285 and lost in a playoff to Duke's Candy Hannemann. Ochoa was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, while California's Nancy McDaniel garnered Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades.
Team Results (Par 288-288-288--864)1. Arizona 294-292-287-8732. Stanford 295-294-287-8763. Arizona State 295-291-297-8764. USC 295-299-292-8865. Washington 302-300-288-8906. California 288-302-301-8917. UCLA 301-304-300-9058. Oregon State 306-310-296-9129. Oregon 309-306-299-91410. Washington State334-316-316-966
Top-5 Individuals (Par 72-72-72--216)**1. Lorena Ochoa, ARIZ 70-74-69-2132. Natalie Gulbis, ARIZ 71-71-71-2133. Kelli Kamimura, WASH 74-71-70-2154. Vikki Lang, CAL 72-72-72-2165. Stephanie Keever, STAN 77-72-69-218 Jimin Kang, ASU 74-72-72-218 Kim Kouwabunpat, STAN 75-71-72-218** won in a playoff
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? . . .
The Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif., will be the site of the NCAA West Regional Championships Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11, while the NCAA Championships will be Tuesday, May 21 through Friday, May 24 at Washington National Golf Course in Auburn, Wash.
NEXT YEAR . . .
Oregon State will host the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships.