Women Of Troy Set For Pac-10 Championships
April 20, 2006
The No. 6 USC's women's golf team, which has won two tournaments and has finished no lower than fifth in seven of nine events, opens the 2006 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship from Monday to Wednesday (April 24-26) at the Oro Valley C.C. in Tucson, Ariz.
The 20th Pac-10 Championships features 54 holes on Oro Valley's 6,945-yard, 72-par course. A practice round will take place on Sunday (April 23) starting at 11 a.m. before competition begins on Monday. Split tees will be utilized for this championship. The teams will play 18 holes each day, with rounds beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 8 a.m. on Wednesday (all times MST). An awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2006 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. 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.
Seed Institution Tee Time
1 UCLA Tee 1: 9:50 a.m.2 Arizona State Tee 1: 9:50 a.m.3 USC Tee 1: 9:10 a.m.4 California Tee 1: 9:10 a.m.5 Stanford Tee 1: 8:30 a.m.6 Arizona Tee 1: 8:30 a.m.7 Washington Tee 10: 9:34 a.m.8 Washington St. Tee 10: 9:34 a.m.9 Oregon Tee 10: 8:54 a.m.10 Oregon State Tee 10: 8:54 a.m.
Within the USC-UCLA Lexus Gauntlet competition, the season-long battle between Trojans and Bruins in all sports, points for golf are awarded to the highest finisher between the crosstown rivals at the Pac-10 Championships. The Trojans currently maintain a commanding lead of 55.0 to 20 (prior to this week's men's and women's tennis events). Five points are up for grabs for both men's and women's golf. USC and UCLA need 57.5 points to clinch.
As of April 17, the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index lists seven Pac-10 teams among the Top-30: No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 6 USC, No. 12 California, No. 19 Arizona, No. 21Stanford, and No. 27 Washington . . . Individually, USC's Irene Cho is ranked No. 2, followed by No. 5 Jane Park of UCLA, No. 6 Azahara Munoz of Arizona State, No. 8 Tiffany Joh of UCLA, No. 12 Jennifer Osborn of Arizona State, No. 14 Paige MacKenzie of Washington, No. 16Amie Cochran of UCLA and No. 20 Sofie Andersson of California.
RECAP Of THE 2005 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
USC finished third at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships, its best result since 1998. Dewi-Claire Schreefel was USC's highest finisher, tying for sixth. UCLA won the team titles, its second in a row.
USC'S PAC-10 HISTORY
The Women of Troy won its only team title in 1989 and finished among the top three six times. Jennifer Biehn won USC's first Pac-10 individual title in 1994 and Candie Kung won it also in 2000.
USC THIS SEASON
The Women of Troy have won twice this year, first at the Kent Youel Invitational (Nov. 1-2) and then at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate (April 8-9). USC also has a pair of second-place finishes at the Guadalajara Invitational and the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.
Senior Irene Cho has played as well as anyone in the country this season and is having one of the finest individual seasons in Women of Troy history. She has already won three tournaments (Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Guadalajara Invitational, Peg Barnard California Collegiate) and has finished second twice.
Cho's second-round 64 at Guadalajara broke the USC 18-hole record, as did her 54-hole 203 at the same event. She also holds USC's records for career (11) and season (seven, 2006) rounds in the 60s. Her stroke average of 71.73 leads the squad by more than three strokes.
Sophomore Paola Moreno is second on the team with a stroke average of 74.96. She has four top 20 finishes this season, including in two of the past three events.
Junior Catalina Marin is third at 75.22. She has a pair of top 20 finishes, including a season-best tie for eighth at the Kent Youel Invitational.
Sophomore Dewi-Claire Schreefel (75.23), a 2005 All-American, has five top 20 finishes, including a season-best tie for sixth at the season-opening Branch Law Firm/ Dick McGuire.
Junior Veronica Felibert (76.27) is coming off her best finish of the season, a tie for 16th at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate.