This year in Pac-12 women's golf

Mark Hoffman
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. —  The Pac-12 boasts a collection of talented women’s golf programs that have proven to be some of the best in the country as they compete for NCAA National Championships year in and year out. In 2014, nine of 11 Conference teams were selected to compete in the NCAA regionals, with four of those finishing amongst the top seven in the nation overall. 
Ranked No. 1 on GolfWeek for most of the year, USC has established its place in the ranks as one of the most accomplished teams in collegiate women’s golf. After winning the 2013 NCAA National Championship a year ago, the Trojans fell just two strokes short of winning two-consecutive titles, losing to 2013 runner-up Duke. While they missed out on another title, the year ended on high note as USC junior Doris Chen became the fourth-consecutive Trojan and seventh overall to walk away with the individual championship at NCAAs. The Bruins of UCLA finished in second as a team, with all five participants finishing in the top-50 on the individual leaderboard. ARIZONA STATE and ARIZONA both represented the Pac-12 in the top-10, finishing in fifth and tied for seventh, respectively.  
This year’s Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships were an incredible testament to the high level of competition in the Conference. Heading into the third and final day of competition, UCLA had the lead, but was followed closely by Arizona and a Cardinal team that was hovering within striking distance. In a surprising turn of events, the Cardinal made an impressive run in the final nine to win it all. It was the Cardinal’s first team championship since 1999. Arizona and USC finished in a tie for second with a score of 870 (+6). UCLA ended in fourth, led by Pac-12 Individual Champion Alison Lee. Consistent play from Arizona State kept them in fifth while WASHINGTON landed in sixth with a score of 884 (+20). CALIFORNIA finished the tournament in seventh, followed by Oregon in eighth with a total of 897 (+33).  OREGON STATE, WASHINGTON STATE and COLORADO rounded out the rest of the field.
UCLA freshman Alison Lee was named both Pac-12 Golfer of the Year as well as Freshman of the Year. It was the second straight year a freshman had garnered both honors as USC’s Annie Park accomplished the feat in 2013. While being ranked No. 1 among collegiate players for most of the season, she ended the year with the best season scoring average in the nation. Trojan head coach Andrea Gaston was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, and the third time in her career.  USC's nine wins were two better than the school-record seven set last year. The Trojans finished no lower than a tie for second place in the four events they didn’t win. 
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