UW Women's Golfers Head to Pac-10 Championships

April 22, 2001

Seattle, WA - The Washington women's golf team head to Arizona State this week to participate in the 15th Pacific-10 Conference Championship April 23-25 at the Sun Devils' Karsten Course. The tournament format is a 54-hole event on the par 72, 6,090-yard Karsten Course.

The teams will play 18 holes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, with rounds beginning at 8 a.m. each day. An awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2001 All-Pac-10 team will follow the completion of the 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, Stanford, No. 10 Natalie Gulbis, Arizona, No. 16 Hilary Homeyer, Stanford, No. 18 Angela Rho, Stanford, No. 23 Cristina Baena, Arizona.

Last Year: Washington placed eighth at the 2000 Championship after shooting 918 at the Eugene Country Club. Arizona won the event with a score of 883. USC's Candie Kung took the medalist's honors with a score of 218, one stroke better than Arizona's Jenna Daniels. Washington's top finisher was Elisha Au, who tied for sixth with a score of 222.

Noting the Tournament: 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 has placed 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 Rankings with 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 Shanico Invitational 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 in six 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-10 finishes, including a fifth 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.

Next Up: 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.

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

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