The 2007 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship
April 19, 2007
WHAT: The 20th Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship.
WHEN: Monday through Wednesday, April 23-25, 2007.
HOST: Washington will serve as the tournament host for the 54-hole Championship.
WHERE: Broadmoor Golf Club, Seattle, Wash.
Broadmoor Golf Club, Seattle, Wash.
Par 72, 6,196 Yards
WHO: Women's golf teams from all 10 institutions will compete for bragging rights at the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship.
ADMISSION: Admission to the 2007 Pacific-10 Women's Golf Championship is free.
RANKINGS: As of April 15th, the Golfweek/Sagrain Index shows that five teams are ranked in the Top-15 ... ARIZONA STATE is ranked No. 1, followed by USC at No. 6, STANFORD is ranked No. 8, UCLA at No. 11 and rounding out the Top-15 is ARIZONA at No. 15 ... As for the rest of the Conference, WASHINGTON STATE is No. 45, OREGON is No. 50, CALIFORNIA is No. 55, followed by OREGON STATE at No. 59 and WASHINGTON at No. 60 ... Individually, 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).
SCHEDULE: A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 22 before the tournament beings on Monday morning. Tee times on Monday and Tuesday begin at 9 a.m., while the final round on Wednesday will tee off at 8:30 a.m.
TEAM PAIRINGS: The team pairings and order of play for the first round are as follows:
Group 1 (1st Tee - 9 a.m.):
Arizona, Washington State
Group 2 (1st Tee - 9:40 a.m.):
Group 3 (1st Tee - 10:20 a.m.):
Arizona State, USC
Group 4 (10th Tee - 9:24 a.m.):
Washington, Oregon State
Group 5 (10th Tee - 10:04 a.m.):
TOURNAMENT SCORING: The four individuals from each team with the lowest scores for any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the team for that given round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.
MEDIA CONTACT: Washington's Erin Rowley will serve as the media contact for the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship. All inquiries should be directed to her at email@example.com, or at (205) 543-2230.
UCLA captured its third consecutive Pac-10 title and placed 11th at the 2006 NCAA Championship. UCLA shot a 15-over (879) to win the Pac-10 Tournament by one stroke over ARIZONA STATE. WASHINGTON's Paige Mackenzie carded a 3-under 69 in the final round to claim the individual title.
USC placed second behind Duke at the NCAA Golf Championship, shooting a 1177, while Lady Trojan Dewi Schreefel claimed the NCAA title. ARIZONA STATE finished fourth in the NCAA Championship and was led by Azahara Munoz, who finished tied for sixth with UCLA's Amie Cochran. In addition to USC and Arizona State, CALIFORNIA, Washington, UCLA and STANFORD finished in the Top-15 at fifth, tied for sixth, 11th, and tied for 13th, respectively, while ARIZONA finished 17th.
USC's Irene Cho was named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, and UCLA's Tiffany Joh was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Arizona State's Melissa Luellen was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
The Arizona women's golf team heads into the Pac-10 Championship with five top-5 finishes in 10 tournaments this season, including a pair of runner-up efforts ... One of five ranked teams in the field, Arizona tied for fourth place in its last outing, April 3-4, at the BYU Dixie Classic ... The Wildcats are looking for their seventh Pac-10 title and the first since 2002 ... Last season, UA finished in fifth place at last year's conference championship ... Leading the way for Arizona is junior Alison Walshe, who carries a 72.74 stroke average. Walshe has five top-10 and two top-20 finishes in nine events this season, including three victories ... She is currently ranked ninth in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index ... Adriana Zwanck and Mary Jacobs bolster the lineup as well. Zwanck, an honorable mention all-Pac-10 selection last year, carries a 74.70 stroke average into the tournament with three top-10 finishes to her credit, while Jacobs posts a 74.19 stroke average with six top-20 finishes in nine tournaments to date this season.
The ARIZONA STATE women's golf team enters the 2007 Pac-10 Championship ranked No. 1 in the nation in current Golf World/NGCA Coaches poll ... Freshman Anna Nordqvist (No. 2) and sophomore Jennifer Osborn (No. 5) are both currently ranked in the top-5 of the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index ... ASU has won its last three tournaments, most recently the PING/ASU Invitational earlier this month in Tempe ... The Sun Devils have won six Pac-10 crowns, however have not taken the top spot since 1996. ASU has been close recently, finishing in the runner-up spot the last two seasons. Last season in Tucson, the Sun Devils came within one stroke of forcing a playoff ... ASU head coach Melissa Luellen was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year last season.
California's Allison Goodman has led the Bears in six tournaments this season and boasts a team-best 75.1 stroke average ... Cal tied for second at the Spartan Invitational in March for its best showing of the 2006-07 season ... Cal has finished in the top-5 at the Pac-10 Championship six times, including the last five seasons. The Bears won the Pac-10 title in 2003 ... Cal and Duke are the only two schools which have finished in the top-5 at the NCAA Championships each of the last three seasons ...Cal has often fielded a young lineup this spring, sometimes with two sophomores and three freshmen, as senior Mika Takayama, who has been in Cal's last two NCAA Championships lineups, has yet to play this spring due to a back injury.
OREGON's highest finish in the league finale came in 1991 and 1993 when it tied for fourth in the events held in Eugene, Ore., and Walla Walla, Wash., respectively. In that same time period, the Ducks added fifth-place finishes in 1992, '94, '95 and '97 to go along with a sixth-place finish in '96 ... So far this year, Kim McCready owns the best season average of the team (74.5), followed by Cathryn Bristow (76.4), freshmen Felicia Eastick (77.6) and Kate Hildahl (79.2), Therese Wenslow (79.6) and Victoria Wenslow (79.6) ... In her 16 rounds of play in 2006-07, McCready also paces the Ducks with four rounds under-par this year, including a school record four-under (67) in the Stanford Intercollegiate final round, and three more rounds at par ... McCready has posted the team's lone victory of the season in the Baja Classic in early February (70-75-147), and has two other rop-10 finishes among her six overall appearances ... Bristow has two rop-10 finishes this spring, and Victoria Wenslow also has one this spring ... Eastick has proven herself as the top newcomer so far with three rop-15 finishes among her five spring events.
Oregon State's overall stroke average of 76.8 (counting rounds only) is the best since 1997-98, the last time OSU made it to the NCAA Championships ... Jessi Gebhardt has improved her scoring average by more than three strokes from last season and leads the team with a 75.82 stroke average. That figure is on pace to set a school record. She finished in the top-10 in three of the last four tournaments heading into the Pac-10 Championship ... Jillian Ferrante's career stroke average of 77.40 is the second-best mark in school history. Julianna Uhrik (77.54) is third and Gebhardt (78.58) is 10th ... Martha Burkard's 3-under 68 in the second round of the Peg Barnard Collegiate, OSU's last tournament heading into the Pac-10 Championships, was one of the lowest in school history. It's only the second 68 ever shot by an OSU player (though the other was a 4-under 68) ... Two of OSU's freshmen had impressive collegiate debuts: Lauren Archer tied for 14th at the OSU Salbasgeon Suites Invitational in the fall, and Brittany Stewart tied for sixth at the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational in the spring.
The Stanford Cardinal are currently ranked eighth nationally by GolfWeek ... The Cardinal have won two tournaments this year and finished in the Top-10 in all eight tournaments this season ... Stanford's team is led by Lauren Todd, who boasts a 73.2 stroke avgerage and Mari Chun's stroke average of 73.6 ranks second for the Cardinal ... Chun has won one individual tournament title this season and has six Top-25 finishes on the year ... Look for Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana to finish well as she has seven Top-25 finishes this season while Todd has six.
The 11th-ranked UCLA Bruins, who are three-time defending Pac-10 champions, have finished among the Top-10 in every tournament this season, despite losing two All-American underclassmen from last year's lineup to the professional ranks ... Senior Hannah Jun, a two-time All-American, and sophomore Tiffany Joh, last year's Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, are expected to contend for the Conference title ... Head coach Carrie Forsyth is a three-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
USC has finished among the top-5 in five of eight events this year and tied for sixth in another ... The Trojans are led by junior Paola Moreno, who is ranked No. 15 in the country by Golfweek.com. She boasts a team-best 73.50 stroke average and has finished among the top-17 in seven of eight tournaments this year, including two in the top-7 and three other times in the top-11. She fired a season-low 69 in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown ... Junior two-time All-American and 2006 defending NCAA individual champion Dewi Claire Schreefel, ranked No. 53, posted her best finish at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, a tie for second. In late March, Schreefel played as an amateur in the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship on the LPGA Tour at the Mission Hills C.C. in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She posted a 155 (79-76, +11) but didn't make the cut.
WASHINGTON has finished sixth at the Pac-10 Championship 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. ... 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 ... 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 Championship.
Look for WASHINGTON STATE's Amy Eneroth to set the pace for the Couagars as she has had a great sophomore year with a win at the Oregon Duck Invite and sex other finishes among the Top-10 ... Freshman Diana Hong had a win at the Northern Arizona Red Rocks Invite as well as four other top-25's during her freshmen campaign.