2001 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships Preview

April 18, 2001

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EVENT . . .
The 15th Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship will take place April 23-25 at the Arizona State University Karsten Course (Par 72, 6,090 yards) in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona State is the Tournament host for the 54-hole Championships.

A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 22 before the tournament begins on Monday morning. A four-flight pairing format with groups of two, two, three, and three teams will be used for the first round of competition. All 10 teams, based upon the coaches' seeding of the squads, have been assigned to a flight.

Following are the team seedings:
1. Arizona
2. USC
3. Stanford
4. Arizona State
6. Washington
7. California
8. Oregon
9. Oregon State
10. Washington State

The teams will play 18 holes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with rounds beginning at 8:00 a.m. each day. An awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2001 All-Pac-10 team will follow the completion ofthe tournament.

The team pairings for the first round are as follows:
Flight 1 (No. 1 tee): Washington, UCLA, Arizona State
Flight 2 (No. 1 tee): Stanford, USC, Arizona
Flight 3 (No. 10 tee): Washington State, Oregon State
Flight 4 (No. 10 tee): Oregon, California

Pairings will be reordered for each round on Tuesday and Wednesday based on team scores.

The three-round competition will be scored by stroke play. Each team will consist of six golfers. One golfer shall be eligible for the individual championship only, and may not contribute to the team score. Four of the remaining five golfers may score for their team.

As of April 18th, the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings lists seven Pac-10 teams among the Top-50 with No. 2 Arizona, No. 4 USC, No. 6 Stanford, No. 21 Arizona State, No. 27 UCLA, No. 36 Washington and No. 41 California . . . Individually, Arizona's Lorena Ocha holds the top spot, followed by sophomore Candie Kung of USC at No. 2. Five other individuals round out the Top-25 with No. 9 Stephanie Keever, STAN, No. 10 Natalie Gulbis, ARIZ, No. 16 Hilary Homeyer, STAN, No. 18 Angela Rho, STAN, No. 23 Cristina Baena, ARIZ.

Rhonda Lundin is the media contact for the 2001 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships. All inquiries should be directed to him at 480/965-6592.

At the conclusion of each round, results will be available via the internet. Point your browser to the Pac-10 website at www.pac-10.org or the Arizona State website at thesundevils.com.

ARIZONA will look to defend its Pac-10 title with a top five that consists of two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior. Freshman Lorena Ocha leads the Cats with a 71.41 stroke average and has played in two LPGA events this year, placing seventh (276, -12) at the Welch's/Circle K Championship and tied for 21st as the low amateur at the Nabisco Championship. In four spring tournaments, Arizona hasplaced 1st, 1st, 2nd and T4th. . . ARIZONA STATE looks for the home course advantage of the Karsten Course and recently honed its skills with a second-place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational (Apr. 7-9). Freshman Jimin Kang has been the Sun Devils top performer this season with a 74.75 stroke average. . . CALIFORNIA also is led by a freshman in Sarah Huarte. She's posted a 76.8 stroke average this season with a season-best sixth-place finish at the Pioneer Classic (Mar. 12-13). . . OREGON senior Jerilyn White ranks No. 35 in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankingswith a 76.0 stroke average. She recently carded a 4-under 68 in the final round to win the Peg Barnard California Collegiate, leading the Ducks to a fifth place finish - their best showing of the year. . . OREGON STATE has two top-ten finishes this season with a 5th place showing at the OSU ShanicoInvitational and a 6th place finish at the Dr. Thompson's Invitational. Sophomore Stacie Ferguson carded a 70 in the first round of the Dr. Thompson - the second-lowest round in OSU history. . .STANFORD senior Stephanie Keever leads the Cardinal with a 73.5 stroke average. She won for the second time this season claiming medalist honors at the PING/ASU Invitational where she shot an even-par 216, which included a final round 3-under 69. The Cardinal have finished in the top four insix spring events. . . UCLA freshman Gina Umeck is the top Bruin in the rankings (No. 69). She's fared well on the Karsten Course - in her final AJGA event last August, she won the Ping Phoenix Junior Championship at the Karsten Course with scores of 72-70-75�217. . . USC has posted two tournament wins this season, including a come-from-behind win at the PING/ASU Invitational. The Trojans trailed by six strokes heading into the last day, but blistered the course with a final round 286 - the team's second lowest round of the season. Sophomore Candie Kung finished tied for ninth after posting a final round 68 (-4). Kung has finished in the top ten in all eight tournaments played during the fall and spring season and looks to become the first Pac-10 golfer to successfully defend her Pac-10 title. . . WASHINGTON junior Kelli Kamimura, currently ranked No. 40 in the MasterCard Collegiate Golf rankings, leads the Huskies with a 74.57 stroke average. She has three top ten finishes, including afifth place showing at the PING/ASU Invitational . . .WASHINGTON STATE junior Tasha Browner heads a young Cougar squad. She leads the team with a 76.2 stroke average.

Arizona ran the table last year, winning every tournament in which it competed. The Wildcats captured their fourth Pac-10 title (third in four years) behind top-five finishers Jenna Daniels, Cristina Baena and Jill Gomric. Arizona went on to win its second NCAA title by a 21-stroke margin of victory - the third largest in the NCAA Tournament's 19-year history. Daniels captured NCAA medalist honors with a one-under 288, while teammate Julia Kraschinski finished second. . . Stanford followed Arizona, picking up second place hardware at both the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA Championships. . . Arizona State freshman Miriam Nagl was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. She was the top Sun Devil finisher at the Pac-10 Championships (sixth) and at the NCAA Championships (tied 25th).

Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore., will be the site of the NCAA West Regional Championships Thursday, May 10 through Saturday, May 12, while the NCAA Championships will be Wednesday, May 23 through Saturday, May 26 in Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Washington State University will host the 2002 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships.

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