Husky Golfers Head to Pac-10 Women's Championship

April 19, 2002

Seattle - The Washington women's golf team's postseason begins next week in Walla Walla, Wash., at the Pac-10 Championships. The Huskies are looking to extend their season to the NCAA Regionals May 9-11 and the NCAA Championships, May 21-24 at Washington National Golf Club.

The 16th Pac-10 Championships will take place April 22-24 at the Walla Walla Country Club (par 72, 6,199 yards) and is hosted by Washington State. The tournament features a 54-hole format. Washington is seeded fourth in this year's field. Arizona State is designated the No. 1 seed while Arizona is second and USC is third. California is the fifth seed followed by UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington State and 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.

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.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS: The Pac-10 Championship will feature live scoring available at golfstat.com.

NOTING THE HUSKIES: Washington is ranked 16th in Golfweek's April 16 poll with a rating of 74.70 ... Husky All-American Kelli Kamimura figures 47th overall in Golfweek's individual rankings ... Washington was ranked 25th in Golfworld's latest (March 29) poll ... Washington won two tournaments during the spring ... the Huskies finished first in the 15-team field at the Duck Invitational (March 28-29) with a score of 882 ... Washington ended the regular season by winning the Peg Barnard California Collegiate with a 36-hole score of 593 ... in UW's eight regular-season tournaments that were completed, the Huskies finished in the top four six times ... Kamimura finished first for the Huskies in six of nine events, but did not lead the team in scoring in any of its final three tournaments ... freshman Paige Mackenzie and sophomore Lindsay Morgan each led UW in scoring at two events this year ... Washington set a school record for 54-hole score with its 874 at the Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 19-21) ... the Huskies set a school record for low score with a 285 during the second round of the Spartan Invitational (March 5) ... UW has posted team scores below 300 during eight of its last 10 rounds ... Morgan posted both of UW's top finishes this season, second-place showings at the Duck Invitational and the Barnard Collegiate.

UW LINEUP: Washington's lineup for the Pac-10 Championships will be: 1. Lindsay Morgan, 2. Paige Mackenzie, 3. Louise Friberg, 4 Kelli Kamimura and 5. Michelle Grafos.

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.

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.

2001 Pac-10 Team Results

  1. Arizona            294-292-287-873  2. Stanford           295-294-287-876  3. Arizona State      295-291-297-876  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             309-306-299-91410. Washington State    334-316-316-966

2001 Pac-10 Top-5 Individuals

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

REGIONAL SITES: 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. LSU's University Club will play host to the NCAA East Regional while Michigan State will hold the Central Regional at its Forest Akers Golf Course. The NCAA Championships will be Tuesday, May 21 through Friday, May 24 at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash.

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