Cougars Set To Host Pac-10 Championships

April 19, 2002

On The Tee This Week:
Pac-10 Championships
April 22-24
Walla Walla Country Club
1390 Country Club Rd
Walla Walla, Wash.
Par 72, 6,199 yards

Teeing Off In Walla Walla: The Washington State women's golf team will host several of the nation's finest players when it hosts the 16th annual Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championships, April 22-24, at the par-72, 6,199 yard Walla Walla Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash.

Live Scoring: Live web scoring will be utilized throughout the event. Log onto to Washington State's athletics' website at or for up-to-date tournament results.

Tournament Preview:

Tournament Schedule: A practice round will take place, Sunday, April 21 before the tournament begins, 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 State, 2. Arizona, 3. USC, 4. Washington, 5. California, 6. UCLA, 7. Stanford, 8. Oregon State, 9. Washington State, 10. Oregon.

The teams will play 18 holes each day, with rounds beginning at 9 a.m., Monday and Tuesday and 8 a.m., Wednesday. The Cougars are scheduled to tee off at 9:38 a.m., from the No. 10 tee, Monday.

Pairings will be reordered for each round on Tuesday and Wednesday based on team scores.Sunday's practice round will begin at 11 a.m. The Cougars will commence their practice round at 11:40 a.m.

Tournament Scoring: 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.

Rankings: As of April 18th, the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index lists seven Pac-10 teams among the nation's top-30: No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Arizona State, No. 14 USC, No. 16 UCLA, No. 18 California, No. 19 Washington and No. 29 Stanford . . . individually, Arizona's Lorena Ochoa holds the top spot, followed by No. 9 Jimin Kang, ASU, No. 15 Mikaela Parmlid, USC, No. 19 Becky Lucidi, USC, No. 41 Kelli Kamimura, WASH, and No. 47 Kim Rowton, STAN, rounding out the Top-50.

Golfstat has seven Pac-10 teams in its top-25 rankings led by No. 8 Arizona State...No. 13 Arizona, No. 15 Southern California, No. 17 Washington, No. 18 UCLA, No. 20 California, and No. 23 Stanford round out the contingent...Ochoa holds the top spot in the Golfstat Cup rankings as well heading a group of three conference players in the top-10 (No. 4 Kang, No. 8 Parmlid).

Championships Preview: Two-time defending Pac-10 Champion ARIZONA will continue the hunt for its first team victory of 2001-02. The Cats recently welcomed sophomore Lorena Ochoa (69.65 stroke avg.) back to the lineup after a three-week stint on the LPGA Tour. Ochoa, who owns a current streak of seven consecutive collegiate wins, placed fifth at the Welch's/Circle K Championship, eighth at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and tied for 37th at the PING Banner Health. Arizona looks to notch the Pac-10's first women's golf 'three-peat' since ASU won four straight titles in 1992-96 . . . ARIZONA STATE is coming off a fifth-place finish at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (April 13-14), and has finished 4th, 7th, 8th, 2nd and 2nd in its other spring outings. Sophomore Jimin Kang has been the Sun Devils' top performer this season, with five Top-10 finishes and a 72.00 stroke average. As a team, ASU has notched five Top-5 finishes . . . CALIFORNIA is also led by a sophomore in Sarah Huarte. She's posted a team-leading 74.50 stroke average this season with Top-25 finishes in each of the last eight tournaments. The Golden Bears turned in a second-place finish the Peg Barnard Collegiate (April 13-14) and have three tournament wins in 2001-02, the most in the program's seven-year history . . . OREGON is led by senior Kathy Cho, who helped the Ducks to a 14th-place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational (April 5-7). The Ducks fired a final-round 297, a 19-stroke improvement on their second round performance. Oregon posted a season-best eighth-place finish at the UCLA Pioneer Classic (Mar. 11-12) . . . OREGON STATE has two Top-10 finishes this season with an eighth-place showing at its own Shanico Invitational (Oct. 8-10) and a ninth-place outing at the Duck Invitational (Mar. 28-29). Junior Ashlei Pendleton paces the Beavers with a 77.50 stroke average . . . STANFORD notched its fifth Top-10 finish of the season, finishing fourth at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (April 13-14) on its home course. Junior Kim Rowton, runner-up at the Peg Barnard, leads the Cardinal with three Top-10 finishes on the season . . . UCLA sophomore Gina Umeck leads the Bruins with three Top-10 finishes on the year. The Bruins have notched six Top-10 finishes in eight events this season . . . USC has finished in the Top-10 in six tournaments this year, with a season-high second-place finish at the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate (Oct. 19-21). Junior Mikaela Parmild claimed medalist honors at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (April 13-14) with a 1-under 143 as USC placed third . . . WASHINGTON has two wins and two second-place finishes in six sprint events, including a win at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (April 13-14). Senior Kelli Kamimura has five Top-10 finishes and boasts a 74.63 stroke average, while Louise Friberg is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Peg Barnard . . . WASHINGTON STATE looks for the home course advantage of the Walla Walla Country Club. Freshman Kim Welch has three Top-10 efforts in her last four outings, while senior Tasha Browner continues to rewrite the Cougar record books, carding her 12th career Top-10 finish at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (9th) as WSU placed seventh.

2001 Pac-10 Championships Results: Arizona captured its fifth Pac-10 title, second straight and fourth in five years behind the one-two punch of Lorena Ochoa (won in a playoff) and Natalie Gulbis. Cristina Baena tied for 15th and Laura Myerscough tied for 29th to pace the Cats. Arizona went on to finish eighth at the NCAA Championships, as Ochoa tied for first with a 3-under 285 and lost in a playoff to Duke's Candy Hannemann. Ochoa was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, while California's Nancy McDaniel garnered Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades.

After The Championships: The Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif., will be the site of the NCAA West Regional Championships Thursday, May 9 through Saturday, May 11, while the NCAA Championships will be Tuesday, May 21 through Friday, May 24 at Washington National Golf Course in Auburn, Wash.

Next Year: Oregon State will host the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships.

About The Cougars:

Last Tournament Wrap-Up: Senior Tasha Browner posted a ninth place finish at the Peg Barnard Collegiate at the par-72, 6,154 yard Stanford Golf Course, April 14.

Browner followed up an opening-round 72, Saturday with a 76 in the second round to post a 36-hole total of 148 (+4). Browner finished five shots back of tournament champion Mikaela Parmlid of USC, who recorded a two-round total of 143 (-1). Browner's effort was her school record 12th career top-10 finish and her fifth this season.

Freshman Jay-Lee Longbottom, who began the final round tied for 27th, carded a second round 75 to finish in a tie for 16th (152, +8). With the top-25 effort, Longbottom has posted four top-25 finishes this spring. Freshman Kim Welch completed the tournament in a tie for 26th (154, +10).

The Cougars finished seventh in the 14-team field with a total of 617, posting their fourth consecutive top-seven finish of the spring season. WSU ended the event ahead of Pacific-10 Conference rivals UCLA and Oregon State. Washington captured the team title with a two round total of 593.

Welch Golfworld Player of the Week: Although the Cougars took the week off on the course the week of April 1, the news regarding the team didn't. as Kim Welch captured national recognition by earning College Player of Week accolades from Golfworld in the magazine's April 5 issue.

The honor was the second bestowed on the WSU golf program in the last three weeks as Dustin White was named College Player of the Week by the publication in its March 15 issue.

'I was shocked when Dustin was named national player of the week and now, three weeks later, Kim is honored on the women's side,' said WSU Head Coach Walt Williams. 'It is an unbelievable honor, especially for a freshman.''Kim has played fabulous golf nearly all year,' Williams added. 'She is really going to be something special.'

Welch earned the honor by virtue of her three-shot victory at the Oregon Duck Invitational, March 29. Welch entered the final round of the tournament tied for second, trailing second-round leader Susannah Laing of the University of San Francisco by three strokes, but the Sacramento, Calif., native overcame the deficit with her final round effort of 70.

Welch steadily improved throughout the tournament, posting rounds of 74-72-70 for an even-par total of 216, three shots ahead of Washington's Lindsey Morgan. The final round 70 tied for the tournament-low round in the 82-player field.

The victory was the second of the season for Welch as the freshman captured the Lady Vandal Invitational, Oct. 2. The win at the Vandal Invite marked the first triumph by a Cougar in a tournament since Kelly Wilson achieved the feat at the Lady Lumberjack Invitational in 1998.

Welch's triumph marked the second individual tournament title captured by a Cougar golfer in the week. Jon Reehoorn won the men's individual medal at the Duck Invitational, March 26.

Moving Up The Rankings: Welch's triumph at Oregon vaulted the freshman from No. 136 to No. 99 in the week's Golfstat Cup rankings. The freshman enters the Pac-10 Championships No. 92 in the rankings. Thus far this season, Welch has posted seven top-14 efforts. Along with the eighth place finish at Utah, the Sacramento, Calif., native captured victories at the Duck Invitational, March 29 and the Lady Vandal Fall Invitational, Oct. 2. In addition, Welch posted a sixth place finish at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11 and completed the Oregon State Shanico Golf Invitational in a tie for 14th place, Oct. 10. Welch began the spring season with a fifth place effort at the Inland Collegiate, Feb. 18 and then tied for eighth at the Rainbow Invite, March 20.

Fabulous Freshmen: WSU's freshmen tandem of Kim Welch and Jay-Lee Longbottom are ranked as the nation's sixth best freshmen class according to Golfstat's April 12 freshmen class impact ranking.

Browner Tops All-Time List: With five top-10 finishes this season, senior Tasha Browner has increased her total number of career top-10 finishes to 12. That has placed the Tarzana, Calif., native at the pinnacle of WSU's all-time list in that category. Browner entered the fall season sharing the record, which stood at seven, with Jill A. Johnson (1988-91) and Erin Johnsrud (1989-90). Browner staked her claim to sole possession of the record with a third place effort at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11 and a fourth place finish at the Lady Vandal Classic, Oct. 2. Browner began the spring campaign with a third place finish at the Inland Collegiate, Feb. 18 and posted her fourth top-10 finish of the season with an eighth place effort at the Rainbow Invite, March 20. Browner's latest top-10 performance came at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, April 14, when she finished in ninth place.

Record Breaking Effort: The Cougars set a team scoring record in their first tournament of the fall season. The team's final round score of 297 at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 11 set the school record for lowest single-round team score. The Cougars broke the previous record of 298 set a year ago to the day at the same tournament. The record-breaking final round gave the Cougars a three-round total of 898, setting the mark for the lowest three-round team score. The previous mark was 900 set at the Ram Fall Classic, Sept. 12.
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