Cardinal Women Prepare For Pac-10 Championships
April 18, 2005
EVENT . . . The 19th Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship will take place April 18-20, 2005, at the Ruby Hill Golf Club (Par 72, 6,315) in Pleasanton, Calif. California is the Tournament host for this year's Pac-10 Championships. Admission is free to the public.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE . . . A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 17 starting at 11 a.m. before competition begins on Monday, April 18. Split tees will be utilized for this championship. The teams will play 18 holes each day, with rounds beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. An awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2005 All-Pac-10 team will follow the completion of the tournament. Pairings (twosomes and threesomes) will be reordered for each round on Tuesday and Wednesday based on team scores.
Following are the seedings and first round tee times for the 2005 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship:
Seed Institution Tee Time1 UCLA Hole 1: 8:45 a.m.2 Arizona State Hole 1: 8:45 a.m.3 Washington Hole 1: 8:45 a.m.4 Arizona Hole 1: 8 a.m.5 Stanford Hole 1: 8 a.m.6 USC Hole 1: 8 a.m.7 California Hole 10: 8:45 a.m.8 Washington State Hole 10: 8:45 a.m.9 Oregon Hole 10: 8 a.m.10 Oregon State Hole 10: 8 a.m.
TOURNAMENT SCORING . . . The three-round competition will be scored by stroke play. Each team will consist of five golfers. The top four individual scores will count toward the team score.
RANKINGS . . . As of April 12th, the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index lists eight Pac-10 teams among the Top-30: No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 8 Washington, No. 17 Arizona, No. 18 Stanford, No. 20 USC, No. 22 Washington State and No. 27 California . . . Individually, Arizona State's Louise Stahle is ranked No. 1, followed by No. 9 Charlotte Mayorkas of UCLA, No. 12 Amie Cochran of UCLA, No. 13 Susie Mathews of UCLA, No. 16 Paige Mackenzie of Washingon, No. 19 Sofie Andersson of California and No. 25 Cassandra Kirkland of Arizona.
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 to the Women's Golf page and click on Live Scoring. Another option is to go to the Golfstat website at www.golfstatresults.com and click on live scoring (scores are updated every three holes). You may also go to the California website at www.CalBears.com.
CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW . . . At the last eight Pac-10 tournaments, the Wildcats have won five of the Pac-10 team titles. The Wildcats additionally won in 1992. No. 17 ARIZONA is led by junior Cassandra Kirkland (73.83 stroke avg.) who has finished in the Top-10 three times this season. Individually ranked, No. 25 Kirkland won her first collegiate tournament at the UNLV Spring Invitational March 14-16 where she shot a score of 220, four over par. The Wildcats tied the school record with a team score of 865 at the UNLV Spring Classic on Mar. 16. It was Arizona's best team 54-hole score since the Wildcat Invitational in 2000 where the team shot 857... No. 5 ARIZONA STATE will be looking to capture its first Pac-10 title since 1996 and 10th league crown overall. The Sun Devils are led by freshman Louise Stahle, who holds the nation's lowest stroke average at 71.57. She has finished in the top five in five events this season. The top-ranked collegiate player in the country has won two individual tournaments, the most recent at the Ping/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course on April 3. . .First time Championship host No. 27 CALIFORNIA is led by junior Sophie Andersson. She has led the Bears in five of seven tournaments this season, including the last four of five events. The Sweden native claimed her first collegiate title at the Spartan Invitaional by tying Cal's 54-hole record of seven-under (206) and setting a school record for 36 holes (seven-under 135). Andersson leads the Bears with a 73.9 stroke average, which is on pace to break the school record of 73.8, set last year by Sarah Huarte, the 2004 NCAA Champion. The Bears feature four players with national team experience in Andersson, Sophia Sheridan, Claire Dury and Enu Chung. . . OREGON will be paced with five talented golfers in Johnna Nealy, Kim McCready, Erin Andrews, Michelle Timpani and Victoria Wenslow. McCready, a sophomore from Placeville, Calif., has four top 10 finishes in nine events this season. She also tied an Oregon sophomore record when she shot a 69 during the second round of the Oregon Duck Invitational March 21-22. The Ducks are led by senior Nealy who is coming off a tie for third at Stanford's Peg Barnard Invitational, April 9-10. She has finished 31st or better in eight straight tournaments, including top 10s in three of the last six. . . OREGON STATE enters the week after an 11th-place finish at Stanford's 36-hole Peg Barnard Collegiate Invitational April 9-10. Freshman Jessi Gebhardt led the Beavers in the tournament, who fired a final-round 78 and finished tied for 28th, which was her second-best finish of the year. The Beavers have seen three top 10 finishes this season. Oregon State will look to build on last year's Pac-10 Championship as it finished 10th with a score of 989. Senior Alex Lucio brings experience to the Championship as she finished 49th, the highest current OSU player, with an individual score of 252 last year. . . No. 18 STANFORD is looking for its first Pac-10 Championship since 1999, when the Cardinal hosted the event. Stanford is coming off a third-place finish at the Peg Bernard Collegiate April 9-10 behind Pac-10 foes Washington and Washington State. Junior Kelly Husted led the Cardinal with a fourth-place finish with a 145. On the year, she is tied with teammate Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana with three top 10 finishes. The Cardinal enters the Championship with seven top 10 finishes this season. . .UCLA looks to defend its 2004 Pac-10 title at the 2005 Pac-10 Championship...The Bruins have three players ranked among the nation's Top-25 in senior Charlotte Mayorkas (No. 9), freshman Amie Cochran (No. 12)and junior Susie Mathews (No. 13). In addition, sophomore Hannah Jun was the Pac-10's Newcomer of the Year last season. Fifth-year senior Melissa Martin has more Pac-10 and NCAA Championship experience (12 rounds in each event) than any player on the UCLA team. No. 20 USC--the NCAA champion in 2003--enters the 2005 Pac-10 Championships coming off a seventh-place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational April 1-3. Freshman Dewi-Claire Schreefel led the Women of Troy, shooting a 73 in the final round to finish tied for 13th. USC will look to improve on its fourth-place finish a year ago. The Women of Troy will be led by junior Irene Cho who led USC last year with a tied for seventh-place finish with a 226. Along with Cho, Tanya Dergal and Veronica Felibert bring Championship experience this season. . . WASHINGTON, ranked No. 8, enters the Pac-10 Championship on a high note after it posted a first place finish at the Peg Barnard Collegiate Invitational played at the Stanford Golf Course April 9-10. The tournament marked the seventh time in the Huskies' nine tournaments they have posted a top-five finish. Husky junior Sung Ea Lee has two top 10 finishes in her previous Pac-10 Championship appearances, where she finished eight as a a freshman and 10th as a sophomore. Junior Paige Mackenzie has a 73.65 scoring average that ranks as the best single-season mark in UW history. . .WASHINGTON STATE has finished no lower than fourth in five tournaments and has captured three wins this season. Two-time All-American senior Kim Welch captured two tournament titles this year, increasing her career win total to 10. Anastasia Kostina has finished no lower than 11th in nine tournaments in both Fall and Spring. She won the Pepsi Intercollegiate on Oct. 17, 2004, and with the win, earned her the Golfweek Magazine's Collegiate Player of the Week for the Oct. 23, 2004, issue. Jay-Lee Longbottom has not finished out of the top-24 in five tournaments this spring. She has registered nine career top-10 finishes and 22 career top-25 finishes.
2004 PAC-10 WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS . . . UCLA captured both the Pac-10 Title and the NCAA Championship in 2004. It was the Bruins' first Pac-10 Crown since the 1991 season. They were led by Pac-10 Golfer of the Year Charlotte Mayorkas and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Hannah Jun. The Bruins shot a 9-over 297 to win the Pac-10 Tournament by 18 strokes.
The Bruins won the NCAA Golf title by shooting a 4-under 1148. CALIFORNIA finished fourth in the NCAA Championship and was led by senior Sarah Haurte who won the individual title. In addition to Cal, WASHINGTON and ARIZONA STATE finished in the Top-10 at sixth and 10th, respectively. STANFORD finished 12th, while ARIZONA finished 15th.
UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth was both the Pac-10 Coach of the Year and the National Coach of the Year.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? . . . The NCAA West Regional will be played May 5-7 at the New Mexico State University Course in Las Cruces, N.M., hosted by New Mexico State. The NCAA Championships will be Tuesday, May 17 through Friday, May 20 at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.