ASU Takes Pac-10 Women's Golf Title; Huskies Finish Seventh
April 25, 2007
SEATTLE - Arizona State shot 12-over 300 in the final round of the Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships hosted by Washington at Broadmoor Golf Club, Wednesday, to take home its first conference title since 1996. The Sun Devils, who finished at 33-over 897 and led the tournament wire-to-wire, posted an 18-stroke victory over UCLA (51-over 915). USC finished third at 57-over 921. The host Huskies finished seventh (74-over 938).
The excitement of the day came in the race for Pac-10 medalist honors as UCLA's Tiffany Joh made a late charge to tie Arizona State's Anna Nordqvist for the overall lead with a birdie putt on the 18th hole, and then defeated Nordqvist in a sudden-death playoff. Both players parred the first play-off hole, the 10th, and after the ASU freshman phenom missed her birdie putt attempt on the 18th, Joh sank the same birdie putt to win the tournament.
'I was on such an emotional high from the putt that I made on 18, I was just happy to have this opportunity to be in contention again,' Joh said of the playoff. 'It's been a long, long drought since I have been anywhere near the leader. That feeling is something that I should relish, just getting to that position is a blessing.'
Joh shot 2-over 74 in Wednesday's final round, finishing the three-day event at 2-over 218. Nordqvist, who at the post-tournament award's ceremony was named the Pac-10 Player and Freshman of the Year, shot a 6-over 78 in the final round to also finish at 2-over. Although still in the hunt for the Pac-10 title, Nordqvist's performance on Wednesday didn't echo her rounds of 6-under 68 and even-par 72 the previous two days. Nordqvist led the entire tournament until the final hole and was up by one shot over Joh heading into 18.
'I had my chances on the last hole, but I just was unable to get it done,' Nordqvist said. 'There is nothing that I can do about it. She (Tiffany) had a really great 18 holes today.'
The host Huskies endured a disappointing final round of play, shooting 29-over 317, to finish the team race in seventh place after starting the day in fifth. Senior Amber Prange, who was fourth heading into today's final round, fell back to 14th with a 10-over 82. She finished the tournament at 14-over 230. UW freshman Christina Yoon ended up as Washington's top finisher, tying for 11th at 13-over 229. Yoon carded the best Husky round of the day with a 5-over 77.
'After yesterday, realistically we knew that we had a shot at third,' UW head coach Mary Lou Mulflur said. 'We were only eight shots behind and in golf that's only two shots a person. Today we started out alright, but I don't know if we ran out of gas or what. We just couldn't finish. You have to get that help from the bottom and that really hurt us.'
Rounding out the team standings, Arizona finished fourth (59-over 923), California fifth (62-over 926), Stanford sixth (71-over 935), Washington seventh (74-over 938), Washington State eighth (80-over 944), Oregon ninth (108-over 972), and Oregon State 10th (118-over 982).
Behind Joh and Nordqvist, Stanford's Mari Chun finished third at 3-over 219 - just one stroke behind the leaders. Arizona State's Juliana Murcia finished one stroke behind Chun at 4-over 220. Murcia's 1-under 71 was the final round's best score. California's Allison Goodman finished fifth (8-over 224) and Arizona's Allison Walshe finished sixth (9-over 225).
UCLA had won the last three straight Pac-10 Tournament titles before Arizona State came away with the 2007 crown today. The Sun Devils had three of the top 10 finishers, In addition to Nordqvist and Murcia, Jennifer Osborn finished 10th at 12-over 228.
'I am very pleased with our performance,' ASU head coach Melissa Luellen who was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year said. 'The scores are actually higher than what we normally shoot because the golf course is a big challenge here. Our top four are really solid and they played well all year long. They are so confident and we love the camaraderie of our team. They are all a team and they are all a unit that has been really focused all year long.'
Rounding out Washington's lineup were freshman Molly Aronsson tying for 23rd (20-over 236), redshirt-freshman Molly Boyle tying for 36th (27-over 243) and junior Kim Shin finishing 50th (46-over 262).
2007 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships
Broadmoor Golf Course; Seattle, Wash.
Par 72, 6,196-yards
April 23-25, 2007
Team Results - Final1. Arizona State 297-300-300-897, +332. UCLA 305-299-311-915, +513. USC 303-311-307-921, +574. Arizona 309-304-310-923, +595. California 312-311-303-926, +626. Stanford 309-315-311-935, +717. Washington 313-308-317-938, +748. Washington State 317-318-309-944, +809. Oregon 324-316-332-972, +10810. Oregon State 329-323-330-982, +118
Top-10 Individuals 1. Tiffany Joh, UCLA 74-70-74-218, +21. Anna Nordqvist, Arizona State 68-72-78-218, +23. Mari Chun, Stanford 71-73-75-219, +34. Juliana Murcia, Arizona State 76-73-71-220, +45. Allison Goodman, California 73-78-73-224, +86. Allison Walshe, Arizona 75-74-76-225, +97. Sophia Janer, California 74-76-76-226, +107. Dewi Schreefel, USC 75-77-74-226, +107. Paola Moreno, USC 72-77-77-226, +1010. Jennifer Osborn, Arizona State 77-78-73-228, +12
UW ResultsT11. Christina Yoon, Washington 73-79-77-229, +1314. Amber Prange, Washington 75-73-82-230, +1423. Molly Aronsson, Washington 83-73-80-236, +20T36. Molly Boyle, Washington 82-83-78-243, +2750. Kim Shin, Washington 83-93-86-262, +46