OSU Hosts Pacific-10 Championships April 24-26
April 21, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
TEEING OFF: Oregon State hosts the 2003 Pacific-10 Championships April 24-26 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore. Teams play 18 holes each day, beginning with an 8:30 a.m. start from tee one and 9:00 from tee 10 the first two days, followed by an 8 a.m. start Saturday. Teams have a 1 p.m. practice round on Wednesday, April 23. Tournament admission is free.
SCORING: Teams consist of five players, with the low four scores counting toward the team total in each of the three rounds. A sixth individual from each team will compete, but that score has no bearing on the team score. The team with the lowest total combined score for all rounds shall be the team champion. If there is a tie for either the individual or team championship, there will be a sudden-death playoff.
THE FIELD: A total of five Pac-10 teams are ranked among the nation's top 20, including three in the top eight. USC leads the 10-team field with a No. 5 ranking in the April 14 edition of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. After USC is Arizona (6), California (8), UCLA (14), Washington (20), Arizona State (27), Stanford (28), Oregon State (46), Washington State (66), and Oregon (75). Among the 59 indiviuduals (Washington will not field an individual) competing this week are 19 which are ranked among the nation's top 100. See the box at the right for a breakdown of Pac-10 individuals in the top 100.
TEE TIMES: The following are tee times for Thursday, April 24. Teams will be re-paired according to results for the following rounds.
1st tee 10th tee8:30 ASU, UCLA Ind. 9:00 UO, WSU Ind.8:40 ASU, UW, UCLA 9:08 UO, WSU 5-1 until 9:20 5-1 until 9:409:30 Cal, UA, USC Ind. 9:48 OSU, Stan. Ind.9:40 Cal, UA, USC OSU, Stan. 5-1 until 10:20 5-1 until 10:28
TRYSTING TREE GOLF CLUB: Trysting Tree plays to 6,160 yards for the championships and carries a par of 72. Trysting Tree was rated the third-best college course in the west by Golfweek Magazine in 1998. The course is no stranger to championship golf, having hosted the 2002 Pac-10 Men's Championships and both the men's and women's NCAA West Regional Championships in 2001. The 1995 Pac-10 women's championships were played here at Trysting Tree in 1995.
TRYSTING TREE RECORDS: Arizona State holds the course record for the lowest team three-round score, shooting a 6-under 858 to win the 1995 Pac-10 Championships. Arizona's Natalie Gulbis shot 9-under 207 at the 2001 NCAA West Regional Championships to establish a course record for lowest three-round individual score. Former OSU standout Kathleen Takaishi holds the course single-round record with an 8-under 64 in 1998.
LAST YEAR: Arizona battled to an eight-stroke win over UCLA with a score of 27-over 891 to claim its third straight championship and sixth overall. ASU's Jimin Kang edged Arizona's Lorena Ochoa by one shot with an even-par 216 for the individual title. See next page for 2002 results.
LAST TIME IN CORVALLIS: Ironically, the only other year OSU hosted the women's Pac-10 Championships, Trysting Tree was the site of Arizona State's Pac-10 record 6-under 858 in 1995. The Sun Devils earned a 33-stroke win over UCLA that year, as ASU fired a course single-round record 282 in the final round. ASU's Wendy Ward claimed medalist honors with a one-stroke win over Arizona's Heather Graff by shooting 71-70-70--211.
RESULTS: Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com, and results will be posted on osubeavers.com soon after each round is completed. For SIDs, results will be faxed immediately after the round is completed, and emailed soon thereafter.
SPECTATORS: Spectators must remain on the cart paths or in the rough at least 15 yards from the players. There may be no communication between players and spectators that may be deemed as advice of any nature for the duration of the 18 holes.
TEAM NOTES: Arizona (ranked 6th; best Pac-10 finish: 1st, 1992, 1997-98, 2000-02; last year: 1st): Arizona has an overall record of 95-20-2, including 42-20-2 against top-25 competition... the team has three golfers ranked in the top 100 with Erica Blasberg (2), Laura Myerscough (50), and Anne Lee (91)... Blasberg averages 72.0 strokes per round to rank first among all probable competitors at Pac-10s; she also has five top-10 finishes, including the Stanford Intercollegiate and the Wildcat Invitational... team won the NCAA Fall Preview... two second- and third-place finishes on the year.
Arizona State (ranked 27th; best Pac-10 finish: 1st, 1987-88, 1993-96; last year: t3rd): Freshman Alissa Kuczka is the team's highest ranked player (89)... team's best finishes this year were third at both UNC-Wilmington's Landfall Tradition and the Arizona Invitational... Kuczka leads the Sun Devils with a 76.22 average... ASU holds the Pac-10 record for the lowest score in Pac-10 history with an 858 in 1995 at Trysting Tree... Erin Tone, Blair O'Neal, and Kuczka lead the team with two top-10 finishes.
California (ranked 8th; best Pac-10 finish: t3rd, 2002; last year: t3rd): Cal owns five tournament victories this year, including the OSU/Shanico Invitational and the PING/ASU Invitational... five of Cal's six golfers at Pac-10s are ranked in the top 100, including Sarah Huarte (29), Vikki Laing (31), Sophia Sheridan (59), Mika Takayama (75), and Ria Quiazon (76)... Laing leads the Bears with a 74.5 average... Huarte was the only Bear with a win this year (Bay Area Classic)... overall record of 116-16-0, including 32-15-0 vs. top-25 teams.
Oregon (ranked 75th; best Pac-10 finish: t4th, 1991, 1993; last year: 10th): Oregon's best finish was a tie for fourth at the OSU/Shanico Invitational... the Ducks have three top-10 finishes this year... freshman Therese Wenslow leads UO with a 76.8 average... one of the youngest teams in the tournament, with three freshmen and two sophomores.
Oregon State (ranked 46th; best Pac-10 finish: t6th, 1993; last year: 9th): Oregon State's best finish came at its own Shanico Invitational, where it tied for second... senior Stacie Ferguson's 77.0 average leads the team... Ferguson also had the best individual finish of the year for OSU with a tie for third at the Shanico, which was one of two top-10s for the senior... OSU has four top-10 showings.
Stanford (ranked 28th; best Pac-10 finish: 1st, 1999; last year: 7th): Stanford has only one senior in its lineup, which is Kim Rowton, who leads the team with a 75.1 average... Stanford's best finish was second at its own Peg Barnard Collegiate... Rowton is also the only Cardinal in the top 100, ranked 57th... Rowton and Wendra Liang have each won a tournament this year.
UCLA (ranked 14th; best Pac-10 finish: 1st, 1990-91; last year: 2nd): The Bruins have three second-place finishes this year... sophomore Charlotte Mayorkas, ranked fifth in the nation, had UCLA's only individual win this year when she claimed the PING/ASU title... was recently chosen to help represent the United States in the Fuji Xerox U.S. vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championships this summer... leads the squad with a 73.5 average... Susie Mathews (63) and Gina Umeck (95) are also among the top 100... UCLA has no seniors in its lineup.
USC (ranked 5th; best Pac-10 finish: 1st, 1989; last year: t5th): The Trojans have two wins this year, the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and the Rainbow Invitational... senior Mikaela Parmlid is second among Pac-10 contestants with a 72.95 average... Parmlid, from Gothenburg, Sweden, is ranked fourth nationally... Parmlid was a co-champion at the Ihlanfeldt Invitational and Bruin Classic, and won the Rainbow Invitational outright to set a school-record with three wins this year... also ranked for USC are Becky Lucidi (36), Tanya Dergal (55), and Irene Cho (64)... overall record of 96-22-0, including 46-20-0 vs. top-25 teams.
Washington (ranked 20th; best Pac-10 finish: 3rd, 1988; last year: t5th): The Huskies have three second-place finishes this year, as well as a third... Sophomore Paige Mackenzie is tops on the team with a 73.8 average... among the top 100 in the country are Louise Friberg (21) and Lindsay Morgan (35)... no Husky individuals have won tournaments, but four have finished either second or third.
Washington State (ranked 66th; best Pac-10 finish: 7th, 1997; last year: 8th): The Cougars have won three tournaments, all consecutively this spring... sophomore Kim Welch's 75.3 mark is the best on the team... Welch has six tournaments of fifth or better, including a win at the Duck Invitational... sophomore Maria Kostina has two thirds and a second... nine of the 10 golfers on the roster are freshmen or sophomores.