Pac-10 Women's Golf Honors Announced

April 27, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- USC'S Irene Cho has been named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, UCLA's Tiffany Joh has been named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, and ARIZONA STATE head coach Melissa Luellen has been named Coach of the Year, in voting done by the Pac-10 women's golf coaches, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Cho, a senior from La Habra, Calif., finished fifth at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships at the Oro Valley Golf Club in Oro Valley, Ariz. The Pac-10's highest ranked golfer at No. 2, Cho won three tournaments this year: the Peg Barnard Collegiate, the Guadalajara Invitational, and the Northrup Grumann Regional Challenge. Cho tied for third at the 2003 NCAA Women's Golf Championships, helping the Trojans capture their first-ever NCAA golf championship.

Joh, a freshman from San Diego, Calif., led the Bruins to their third consecutive league title, finishing in a tie for third at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships. She has placed among the Top-20 in all seven of her appearances this season, including Top-3 finishes at the Wildcat Invite and the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

Luellen, in her fourth year at Arizona State, directed the Sun Devils to a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships in a season that her team garnered a No. 3 national ranking and 10 Top-5 finishes. She also placed four golfers on the All-Conference team, the most by any school. This is the first coach of the year honor for ASU since 1995, when Linda Vollstedt won her third consecutive coach of the year honor.

ALL-PAC-10 FIRST TEAM

Name            School        Yr.   HometownIrene Cho       USC           Sr.   La Habra, Calif.Paige Mackenzie Washington    Sr.   Yakima, Wash.Azahara Munoz   Arizona State Fr.   Malaga, SpainTiffany Joh     UCLA          Fr.   San Diego, Calif.Jennifer Osborn Arizona State Fr.   Huntington Beach, Calif.Jane Park       UCLA          Fr.   Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

ALL-PAC-10 SECOND TEAM

Name            School           Yr.    HometownSofie Andersson California       Sr.    Angelholm, SwedenAmie Cochran    UCLA             So.    Torrance, Calif.Ana Kostina     Washington State Sr.    Nakhabino, RussiaAlissa Kuczka   Arizona State    Sr.    Phoenix, Ariz.Sophia Sheridan California       Sr.    Guadalajara, MexicoTiffany Tavee   Arizona State    Jr.    Gilbert, Ariz.


Honorable Mention: Cathryn Bristow, Fr., Oregon; Amy Eneroth, Fr., Washington State; Lauren Espinosa, Fr., Arizona; Kelly Husted, Sr., Stanford; Allisa Kuczka, Sr., Arizona State; Catalina Marin, Jr., USC; Susie Mathews, Sr., UCLA; Paola Moreno, So., USC; Dewi-Claire Shreefel, So., USC; Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana, Jr., Stanford; Amanda Wilson, Fr., Arizona; Adriana Zwanck, Fr., Ariz.

PAC-10 GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Irene Cho, USC
PAC-10 NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Tiffany Joh, UCLA
PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: Melissa Luellen, Arizona State

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