Pac-12 Women's Golfers Head To Pullman
Event: 2012 Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships
Host: Washington State
Location: Pullman, Wash.
Venue: Palouse Ridge Golf Club
Dates: April 27-29
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Defending NCAA champion and top-ranked UCLA has won a national-best six tournaments this season, one shy of the school record with three tournaments left on its schedule. Four Bruins are among the top 25 of the individual rankings, including freshman Erynne Lee, who is second. Lee won her first collegiate title at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate on April 17. Junior Tiffany Lua was the Conference's highest finisher at the 2011 NCAA Championships, tying for fourth. She also tied for first at last year's Pac-10 Championships before falling in a playoff for the individual crown.
Sophomore Sophia Popov looks to guide USC to back-to-back Pac-12 titles. Popov, the 2011 Pac-10 Champion and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, defeated UCLA's Lua in a one-hole playoff last year. Senior Lisa McCloskey has returned for a strong senior campaign after suffering a rib injury during the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, forcing her to miss the final round as well as the NCAA postseason. Doris Chen is another outstanding freshman in the Pac-12, posting top-20 finishes in all five of her events to rank 19th nationally.
Arizona State senior Giulia Molinaro has been one of the most consistent golfers in the nation all year and enters the Pac-12 Championships ranked fourth. Molinaro has recorded six top-10 finishes and has never finished outside the top-15 in a tournament this season. Sophomore Justine Lee has three top-10 finishes this season, including a tie for ninth place at the Battle at Rancho Bernardo. Lee will look to improve on her 22nd place finish at last year's Pac-10 Championships.
California is paced by senior veterans Daniela Holmqvist, Joanne Lee and Emily Childs. All three have claimed individual tournament wins this season. Holmqvist claimed the first medalist honors of her collegiate career when she posted a four-stroke victory at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Hawaii. Lee was named an All-American last year after tying for eighth place at the NCAA Championships. Her 72.94 scoring average in 2011 set a Cal single-season record.
Pac-12 newcomer Colorado is having its best season in program history. The Buffaloes have claimed a school-record three tournament titles this season and sit just outside the top 10, reaching their highest rankings ever. Sophomore Alex Stewart and senior Emily Talley are ranked in the top 50 for CU. Talley entered the season with a career average of 74.67, already the best in Colorado program history.
Arizona freshman Manon Gidali climbed to the No. 1 ranking by Golfstat in February after winning the Wildcat Invitational and tying for first with teammate Isabelle Boineau at the UNLV Invitational. Her three-day total of 204 (-12) at the Wildcat Invitational set a school record over 54 holes, replacing Lorena Ochoa's previous best of 206 (-10). Boineau, a senior All-American, also claimed medalist honors at the Windy City Intercollegiate.
Oregon freshman Cassy Isagawa has proven to be among the best in the nation, earning top-10 finishes in all of the Ducks' tournaments this spring. She tied the school record at seven-under par at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, shooting 65 on in the second round of play. Senior Ashley Edwards is the Ducks' top returning golfer and entered the season ranked fourth all-time with a 76.1 career scoring average.
Freshman SooBin Kim has paced Washington in six of its 10 tournaments this season and has five top-10 finishes. Kim won the Stanford Intercollegiate in October, setting a Husky record with her score of 13-under 200 at the 54-hole tournament. Senior Sadena Parks, who was Washington's best finisher at both the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA Regional last season, placed second at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in January.
Stanford junior Sally Watson has posted five top-10 finishes this season, winning the WSU Cougar Cup in the fall and most recently tying for seventh place at the PING/ASU Invitational. Watson is the Cardinal's top returnee after finishing 12th at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships. Sophomore Marissa Mar had her best finish as a collegian when she tied for third at PING/ASU.
Leading the way for Oregon State are its two most consistent golfers in senior Whitney French and sophomore Seshia Telles. French tied for eighth at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic, tallying the fourth top-10 finish in her career. Telles led the Beavers at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, tying for 22nd. OSU recently matched its second-best team round (even-par 288) in school history at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate.
Host Washington State enters the conference tournament after posting its lowest round score of the season with a 291 (+3) in the final round of the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate. The Cougars finished out March by winning the team title at the Anteater Invitational. Sophomore Mallory Kent also claimed the individual title. Junior Emma Betland was WSU's highest finisher at last year's championships, tying for 37th.
On Friday and Saturday, tee times will be off No. 1 and No. 10 beginning at 8:30 a.m. On Sunday, tee times begin at 8 a.m.
FIRST ROUND • Friday, April 27
No. 3 Arizona State, No. 11 Washington State
1st Tee - 8:30 a.m./8:38 a.m./8:46 a.m./8:54 a.m./9:02 a.m.
No. 1 UCLA, No. 6 Arizona
1st Tee - 9:10 a.m./9:18 a.m./9:26 a.m./9:34 a.m./9:42 a.m.
No. 7 Oregon, No. 5 California
1st Tee - 9:50 a.m./9:58 a.m./10:06 a.m./10:14 a.m./10:22 a.m.
No. 9 Stanford, No. 8 Washington
10th Tee - 8:30 a.m./8:38 a.m./8:46 a.m./8:54 a.m./9:02 a.m.
No. 4 Colorado, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 2 USC
10th Tee - 9:10 a.m./9:18 a.m./9:26 a.m./9:34 a.m./9:42 a.m.
Following the first round, seedings and pairings will be determined by team scores.
SECOND ROUND • Saturday, April 28
Seeds 5 and 6 - 1st Tee - 8:30 a.m.
Seeds 7 and 8 - 10th Tee - 8:30 a.m.
Seeds 3 and 4 - 1st Tee - 9:10 a.m.
Seeds 9, 10 and 11 - 10th Tee - 9:10 a.m.
Seeds 1 and 2 - 1st Tee - 9:50 a.m.
THIRD ROUND • Sunday, April 29
Seeds 5 and 6 - 1st Tee - 8 a.m.
Seeds 7 and 8 - 10th Tee - 8 a.m.
Seeds 3 and 4 - 1st Tee - 8:40 a.m.
Seeds 9, 10 and 11 - 10th Tee - 8:40 a.m.
Seeds 1 and 2 - 1st Tee - 9:20 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 round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.