Women's Golf Heads to Pac-10 Championships at Walla Walla
April 20, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - The last time the Pac-10 women's golf championships were held at the Walla Walla Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash., Oregon head coach Shannon Rouillard was a sophomore who helped the Ducks match their highest finish ever in the Pac-10 tournament, tying for fourth with Stanford.
Nine years later, Rouillard, who tied for seventh at 229, would like to recapture some of that magic when the Ducks take to Walla Walla's 6,199-yard, par 72 course for the 16th annual Pac-10 Championships, which begin at 9 a.m. Monday and conclude Wednesday. Teams will play 18 holes each day.
'When were there nine years ago, the weather was perfect and we played pretty well,' said Rouillard. 'It's going to be an exciting tournament. The cream will rise to the top.'
Oregon comes into the 2002 tournament as the No. 10 seed in a conference that features six teams ranked among the latest Golfweek/Sagarin top 20. No. 10 Arizona State comes in as the top seed, though No. 7 Arizona, the second seed, will bid for its third straight title with Lorena Ochoa, the nation's top-ranked individual, looking to defend last year's Pac-10 individual title.
No. 14 USC is seeded third, followed by No. 16 Washington, No. 17 California, No. 20 UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington State and the Ducks.
'There are always a lot of good teams at Pac-10s, but we really can't focus on what they are doing,' said Rouillard. We need to do what we are capable of as a team. Our mindset is to shoot 305 (each round) or better and this is a good test to see if we can do that because I believe 305 is the magic number at regionals that will get us to the national championships.'
Oregon's lineup will include senior Kathy Cho at No. 1, followed by freshmen Jess Carlyon and Johnna Nealy, sophomore Lacy Erickson, freshman Jaime Seefried and junior Kim Melrose. That is the same lineup that finished the Ping/ASU Invitational with a season-low round of 297 on April 7.
'We're refining little things and working on our short game,' said Rouillard. 'That's what makes the difference in the teams that move on and those that don't.'
Last year at Arizona State, Oregon finished ninth with a 914 as Cho and Erickson tied for 42nd at 236.