Stanford to Host 2009 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships presented by Duramed
April 20, 2009
WHAT: The 23rd annual Pacific-10 Conference Women’s Golf Championship presented by Duramed.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, April 24-26, 2009
HOST: Stanford will serve as the host for the 54-hole Championship.
COURSE INFORMATION: Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif. Par-71, 6,117 Yards
WHO: Women’s golf teams from all 10 institutions will compete for bragging rights at the 2009 Pac-10 Women’s Golf Championship presented by Duramed.
ADMISSION: Admission to the 2009 Pacific-10 Women’s Golf Championship presented by Duramed is free.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SCHEDULE: A practice round will take place on Thursday, April 23 before the tournament beings on Friday morning. Tee times will be off No. 1 and No. 10 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, with tee times beginning at 7:30 on Sunday.
TEAM PAIRINGS: The team pairings and order of play for the first round are as follows:
Group 1 (1st Tee - 8:30 a.m.):
Group 2 (1st Tee - 9:10 a.m.):
Group 3 (1st Tee - 9:50 a.m.):
UCLA, Arizona State
Group 4 (10th Tee - 8:46 a.m.):
Group 5 (10th Tee - 9:26 a.m.):
Oregon State, Washington State
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.
LAST YEAR IN PAC-10 WOMEN’S GOLF
PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. - Paola Moreno of USC shot a 4-under 67 to claim the individual crown as the Trojans won their first team title in 19 years as the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Women’s Golf Championships came to a close Wednesday at Palos Verdes Golf Club.
Moreno, a senior from Cali, Colombia, had five birdies on the back nine en route to the best round of the tournament. The senior (70-75-67) was only player to finish under par, but she had plenty of help as the entire USC roster excelled.
UCLA (284-302-300) finished 26 shots behind the rival Trojans (285-292-283), with Arizona State (296-294-301) in third place. Arizona (301-299-308) and CAL (301-305-302) shared fourth at 56-over.
The Sun Devils were paced by sophomore Anna Nordqvist (74-70-72), who was four strokes behind Moreno. The Bruins’ Tiffany Joh (69-73-75) and Belen Mozo (71-71-75) of USC, who had shared the lead after 36 holes, tied for third with fellow Trojan Dewi Claire Schreefel (74-74-69).
Joh, a two-time All-American, was named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year, while USC’s Lizette Salas was recognized as Freshman of the Year.
USC head coach Andrea Gaston took home Coach of the Year honors for the first time after 12 years leading the Trojans.
2009 PAC-10 WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY DURAMED
With the Pac-10 Conference boasting the top-three teams in the country according the the most recent Golfweek rankings, the 2009 Pac-10 Women’s Golf Championship presented by Duramed will be a showcase of the best golfers in the nation. The golf world will be watching as events unfold in Stanford, Calif., as the results will have major implications come delegate seeding for the NCAA Regionals.
GOLFERS TO WATCH
USC sophomore Lizette Salas currently holds the top spot in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2008, Salas won her first individual medalist honors of her collegiate career at the Stanford Intercollegiate in October, shooting a 7-under, 206 for the three-day tournament. Salas, who didn’t break 71 during her freshman campaign, has already fired off two career-low rounds of 66 and has recorded 11 rounds of par or better this season.
Arizona State senior Azahara Munoz, the reigning individual NCAA national champion, comes into the Pac-10 Championships ranked second in the nation by Golfweek. The Spaniard saw limited action for the Sun Devils at the start of the spring season due to injury but looks to be back in top form come postseason. In the final tournament of the fall season, Munoz finished second at the Derby Invitational, shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round for a three-round total of 5-under 211. The senior has finished in the top-10 in four-out-of -her-five tournament appearances this season.
USC’s Jennifer Song is one of the top-ranked freshmen in the nation, recording a 71.91 stroke average so far this season. Song has finished in the top-10 in six of her eight tournament appearances, including two second-place performances. A native of South Korea, Song shot a career-low round of 68 three times this season, most recently in the third round of the PING/ASU Invitational where she finished the tournament in second place.
UCLA freshman Stephanie Kono leads the top-seeded Bruins recording a team-best 71.89 stroke average. Kono, who is ranked fifth nationally by Golfweek, won individual medalist honors at the UCF Challenge in March, shooting a season-low 66 in the third round, vaulting her from 12th place to finish first. The Hawaii native was named the GolfWorld Player of the Week following her first-place finish. Kono has placed in the top-20 in all seven of her starts this season.
A midseason addition for the Sun Devils, freshman Carlota Ciganda kicked off her collegiate career with a second-place showing at the Northrop Grumman Regional Invitational in February. Ciganda, ranked sixth in the nation by Golfweek, has recorded six rounds of par or better this year, including shooting a career-low 69 in the second round of the Wildcat Invitational where she finished third. Competing in five tournaments on the season, Ciganda boasts a 72.73 stroke average.