Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship
April 14, 2008
WHAT: The 22nd Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship.
WHEN: Monday through Wednesday, April 21-23, 2008.
HOST: USC will serve as the tournament host for the 54-hole Championship.
WHERE: Palos Verdes Golf Club, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
COURSE INFORMATION:Palos Verdes Golf Club, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Par 72, 6,000 Yards
WHO: Women's golf teams from all 10 institutions will compete for bragging rights at the 2008 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship.
ADMISSION: Admission to the 2008 Pacific-10 Women's Golf Championship is free.
RANKINGS: As of April 7th, the Golfweek/Sagrain Index shows that four teams are ranked in the Top-15 ... UCLA is ranked No. 2, followed by USC at No. 3, ARIZONA STATE is ranked No. 4, and ARIZONA is at No. 14 ... As for the rest of the Conference, CALIFORNIA is No. 19, STANFORD is No. 29, OREGON is No. 43, followed by WASHINGTON at No. 55, WASHINGTON STATE at No. 58 and OREGON STATE at No. 62 ... Individually, ASU has two players in the Top-5 - No. 3 Azahara Munoz and No. 5 Anna Nordqvist. UCLA also makes a Top-5 appearance with Tiffany Joh coming in at No. 4 ... Additional Top-25 players include Arizona's Alison Walshe (6), USC's Belen Mozo (7), Dewi Schreefel (21), Lizette Salas (22), and Stefanie Endstrasser (23), UCLA's Sydnee Michaels (13), Maria Jose Uribe (15), and Glory Yang (18), and Stanford's Mari Chun (24).
At the Pac-10 Championship, top-ranked Arizona State won the team championship shooting a 33-over 897 for the three-day tournament. The Sun Devils led the field each day and beat 11th-ranked UCLA by 18 strokes. No. 6 USC finished third with a 57-over 921, No. 15 Arizona was fourth at +59 and california shot a 62- over, good for fifth. No. 8 Stanford (+71), No. 60 Washington (+74), No. 45 Washington State (+80), No. 50 Oregon (+108) and No. 59 Oregon State (+188) followed.
UCLA sophomore Tiffany Joh sunk a long birdie putt on the final hole to force a two-way playoff with ASU freshman Anna Nordqvist, and then made another birdie on the second playoff hole at No. 18 to win the Pac-10 women's golf championship.
UCLA placed third behind Duke and Purdue at the NCAA Golf Championship, shooting a 1186, followed by the Trojans at fourth and Stanford with a fifth place finish. Five Pac-10 teams finished among the Top-15 with ASU completing the four-round tournament at 13th while Arizona finished in a tie for 14th.
ASU's Anna Nordqvist was named both Pac-10 Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year. ASU coach Melissa Luellen was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
University of Arizona women's golfer Alison Walshe was named national Player of the Week by two different publications for the week of March 17-23. Walshe was named Player of the Week by both Golfweek and Golf World after capturing individual medalist honors March 19 at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Kane'ohe, Oahu, Hawaii. She carded a three-round total of 213 (-3). Walshe opened the event with a career-low 66, finished with a five-stroke lead and was the only player under par in the field of 91.Walshe led wire-to-wire in Hawaii to claim her second win of the season and her fifth as a Wildcat at that time. Currently, Walshe is ranked sixth in the Golfweek/Sagrain Index.
Arizona State's Azahara Munoz and Anna Nordqvist have stood out among the competition that Golf World Magazine could not fail to notice. Junior All-American Munoz and sophomore All-American Nordqvist were named Mid-Season All-Americans by Golf World Magazine. Munoz was also named Golf World's Best Player You've Maybe Never Heard Of. Munoz finished in the top 10 in three out of the four events she competed in earlier in the season, while recording a 71.67 stroke average. She also capped off the fall season tying for third place at the Stanford Intercollegiate. Nordqvist, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year and NGCA Freshman of the Year, finished in the top five in three of the four events the Sun Devils competed in this fall. In the first event of the season, Nordqvist fired a back-to-back score of 68 in the first two rounds to finish the tournament in second place.
UCLA's All-American Tiffany Joh, who was last year's Pac-10 title winner, has continued her success in her junior season. Joh, ranked fourth nationally, leads the team in scoring average, Top 10 finishes, rounds under par and rounds under 70. In November, she won the Kent Youel Invitational. At the ASU/Ping Invitational, Joh tied for eighth place at 217 (+1). She played the front side in two-over par 37 and the inward nine in two-under 35 for an even par 72.
Stanford's Mari Chun has been Stanford's top golfer this season, including three top-10's. Her top finish came at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational when she finished fourth. Last season Chun was named a Second Team All-American by the NGCA. At the Peg Barnard Invitational, Chun finished in a tie for third after a 3-over-par round of 74 on Saturday. Chun's two-day total was 4-over-par 146.
USC sophomore Belen Mozo, a 2007 All-American honorable mention pick, posted a USC career-best tie for first at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. She finished with a 1-over 217 (70-75-72) and, thanks to a tiebreaker, was tabbed as medalist. USC's leader in stroke average (72.52), she has finished in the top 20 in all seven events this season and in the top 11 five times. She tied for second at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, which included a final-round 68, and tied for third at the Kent Youel Invitational. Mozo was USC's top finisher at the Mason Rudolph, tying for 10th with a 216 (74-69-73). She then tied for 11th at the Fall Preview with a 4-under 215 (75-71-69), her final round 4-under effort highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 137-yard, par 3 17th hole. She has five rounds in the 60s this season, tops on the team. At the ASU/Ping Invitational, Mozo turned in her fourth top 3 finish of the season, tying for third with a 4-under 212 (71-73-68). Mozo played a brilliant final round, birdieing five times with only one bogey to help USC build on its second-round lead.
USC senior Dewi Claire Schreefel, a two-time All-American, won her first tournament since her 2006 NCAA Championships individual title when she won the 2007 Margaret Branch NCAA Fall Preview on Sept. 26 at the University of New Mexico G.C. Her three-round effort of 204 (68-69-67) was one off the USC individual 54-hole record while her 15-under par is a USC record. She also strung three consecutive sub-70 rounds together for the first time as a Trojan, punctuating her fine play with an eagle on the tournament's final hole. For her efforts, she was named Golfweek and Golf World Player of the Week. She also tied for 15th at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, tied for 16th at the Kent Youel Invitational and tied for 20th at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Her stroke average of 74.14 is fourth on the team. At the ASU/Ping Invitational, Schreefel won the individual title and a one-hole playoff to secure her title after finishing 54 holes at 7-under. Her exceptional play earned her Player of the Week honors by Golf Digest and Golf World.