UW Set To Host Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships
April 17, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington will host the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle, Monday, April 23, through Wednesday, April 25. The three-day tournament will take place on the par-72, 6,196-yard Broadmoor course located just over a mile away from the UW campus.
The tournament includes a 54-hole format, with 18 holes played each day. Tee times on Monday and Tuesday begin at 9 a.m. PST, while the final round on Wednesday will tee off at 8:30 a.m. PST. Admission to the tournament is free. Both team and individual champions will be crowned in an awards ceremony following play on Wednesday. Live scoring for the tournament will be available at GolfStat.com.
This year marks the third time in school history the Huskies have played host to this event, having done so in 1997 at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club and in 1988 at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash.
Arizona State received the tournament's No. 1 seed calculated by the Pac-10 using the average of the Sagarin and Golfstat national women's golf rankings. The seeds will determine the order of play for the first round of competition. USC is the No. 2 seed, followed by No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Arizona, No. 6 Washington State, No. 7 California, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Washington and No. 10 Oregon State. Team seeds for subsequent rounds are determined by the previous round's results.
The Washington women will be paired with Oregon State in the first round and are set to tee off on the 10th hole at 9:24 a.m. on Monday morning.
The Sun Devils are the nation's No. 1 team according to the latest GolfWeek rankings - with five Pac-10 squads ranked in the Top-15. USC is ranked sixth, Stanford is ranked eighth, UCLA is 11th and Arizona 15th.
Many of the nation's top collegiate women's golfers will be showcased at the tournament with eight Pac-10 players ranking among GolfWeek's Top-25 individuals. ASU has two players in the Top-5 - No. 2 Anna Nordqvist and No. 5 Jennifer Osborn - with Azahara Munoz also coming in at No. 11. Additional Top-25 players include Arizona's Alison Walshe (No. 9), USC's Paola Moreno (No. 15), Stanford's Lauren Todd (No. 19) and UCLA's Tiffany Joh (No. 23) and Hannah Jun (No. 25).
Washington's lineup will feature senior Amber Prange, junior Kim Shin, freshman Molly Aronsson, redshirt-freshman Molly Boyle and freshman Christina Yoon. Prange leads the Huskies with a team-low 76.33 stroke average. She is coming off one of her best performances of the season, equaling career-lows for 18-hole (69) and 54-hole (217) scores at the PING/ASU Invitational (March 30-April 1).
Only Prange and Shin have previous Pac-10 Championship playing experience for UW. Prange finished 13th at last year's conference tournament, ninth as a sophomore in 2005 and 14th as a freshman in 2004. Shin finished 50th last year and 26th as a freshman in 2005.
Washington has finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championships the last three years with a school-record third-place finish in 1988 - a year the Huskies hosted the event at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash. Last season, Paige Mackenzie won the Pac-10 individual crown, becoming the first UW women's golfer to accomplish the feat.
UCLA has won the last three-straight Pac-10 Championship titles, winning the 2006 title by one stroke over Arizona State.
Broadmoor Golf Course also served as the site for the 1989 and 1999 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships.
Noting The Huskies
Pac-10 History: Washington's best performance at the Pac-10 Championships came in 1988 - UW finished third...besides that, UW has notched five fifth-place finishes and seven sixth-place finishes...the Huskies have finished sixth at the last three-straight conference tournaments...last year Paige Mackenzie became the first UW player to win a Pac-10 individual title...prior to that, Kelli Kamimura held the highest conference finish, placing third in 2001... senior Amber Prange is the only current Husky to notch a Top-10 Pac-10 finish, placing ninth in 2005...she also finished 13th last season.
Prange Leads The Way: Senior Amber Prange has taken her new leadership role to heart in her final season at Washington...after playing her first three years behind UW great Paige Mackenzie, she has taken advantage of her senior status...Prange has been the Huskies' top finisher five times in eight tournaments...her season-high finish came in her fall season debut, tying for fourth at the Nittany Lion Invitational (17-over 233)...she matched career-lows for 18-hole (69) and 54-hole (217) scores at the PING/ASU Invitational...at that tournament she finished 14th overall at 1-over 217.
Youth Is Served: During the majority of this season, the Husky lineup has featured three freshmen - true freshmen Molly Aronsson and Christina Yoon and redshirt freshman walkon Molly Boyle...Aronsson has especially excelled and ranks second on the squad with a 77.58 stroke average...she was UW's top finisher at the Stanford Intercollegiate in the fall, tying for 13th at just 3-over 216...Aronsson has been one of Washington's top-two finishers in the last two tournaments leading up to the Pac-10 Championships.
Husky Record Books: With seven Top-10 finishes in her career, senior Amber Prange ranks ninth on UW's all-time list...she also ranks seventh on Washington's list for career rounds played (120)...Paige Mackenzie holes that record with 139 career rounds played.
Looking Ahead: Following the Pac-10 Championships, the last two tournaments that dot the schedule are the NCAA Regionals (May 10-12) and the NCAA Championships to be held in Daytona Beach, Fla. (May 22-25).
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