UCLA Defends Title, While ASU's Stahle Wins Individual Crown
April 20, 2005
PLEASANTON, Calif. - UCLA won its second straight conference crown at the 2005 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships that wrapped up on Wednesday at the Ruby Hill Golf Course. Arizona State's Louise Stahle carded a 5-under 67 in the final round to claim the individual title and bring the Sun Devils within four strokes of champion UCLA, which fired a 7-over 295 in Round Three to finish at 10-over 874 for the tournament.
The Bruins, who are also the defending NCAA champions, led after each round at Ruby Hill.
'I am really proud of our girls,' said UCLA coach Carrie Forsyth, who was today named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. 'Today started off real well. Arizona State played very well. They kept it on us, and I'm proud of our girls for staying in there. It wasn't our best round, but it was good enough to win.'
Stahle, a product of Lund, Sweden, finished with a total score of 207 (-9) on the par 72, 6,304-yard course and was today named the Pac-10 Golfer of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. This is Stahle's third tournament win - including the PING/ASU Invitational and Wildcat Invitational - of the season.
Led by Stahle, the nation's top-ranked player, and sophomore Tiffany Tavee, who carded a 2-under 70, the fifth-ranked Sun Devils had the best final round, shooting a 1-over 289 to finish at 878 (+14). Stahle led UCLA junior Susie Mathews by one stroke overall entering the final hole. Mathews shot for par, but Stahle finished with her fifth birdie of the round to beat runner-up Mathews by three strokes on the day and two strokes overall.
'Oh, I love it,' Stahle said of playing under pressure. 'I thrive under pressure. It builds my passion for golf.'
Arizona State took second place by two strokes over third place USC (880, +16). Arizona (886, +22) was fourth and host California (894, +30) was fifth,
Mathews, who carded a 2-under 70 on Wednesday, and senior Charlotte Mayorkas, who carded a 1-under 71, gave second-ranked UCLA two Bruins in the top five. Mathews (209, -7) finished second and Mayorkas (214, -2) was fifth. Mayorkas was on fire early, firing a 31 with five birdies on the front nine, but last year's individual champion faltered down the stretch with three bogeys and a double bogey on the back nine.
Arizona junior Cassandra Kirkland and Washington State senior Kim Welch, the leader after two rounds, tied for third with a 211 (-5).
Four schools - UCLA, ASU (Stahle and Tavee, who tied for sixth), Arizona (Kirkland and Mar Garcia, who tied for sixth) and USC (Dewi-Claire Schreefel, who tied for sixth, and Tanya Dergal, who tied for ninth) - had four golfers in the top 10.
2005 Pac-10 Golfer of the Year - Louise Stahle (Arizona State)
2005 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year - Louise Stahle (Arizona State)
2005 Pac-10 Coach of the Year - Carrie Forsyth (UCLA)
2005 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships - April 18-20, 2005
Final Results - Ruby Hill Golf Club - Pleasanton, Calif.
|Pos.||Team||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Score||To Par|
Final Individual Leaders (Top 10)
|Pos.||Golfer (School)||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Score||To Par|
|1.||Louise Stahle (Arizona State)||69||71||67||207||-9|
|2.||Susie Mathews (UCLA)||68||71||70||209||-7|
|3t.||Cassandra Kirkland (Arizona)||72||67||72||211||-5|
|3t.||Kim Welch (Washington State)||70||66||75||211||-5|
|5.||Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA)||73||70||71||214||-2|
|6t.||Mar Garcia (Arizona)||73||70||74||217||+1|
|6t.||Dewi-Claire Schreefel (USC)||71||72||74||217||+1|
|6t.||Tiffany Tavee (Arizona State)||73||74||70||217||+1|
|9t.||Tanya Dergal (USC)||70||73||75||218||+2|
|9t.||Amber Prange (Washington)||73||74||71||218||+2|