2003 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships Preview
April 21, 2003
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
The 17th Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship will take place April 24-26, 2003 at the Trysting Tree Country Club (Par 72, 6,160 yards) in Corvallis, Ore. Oregon State is the Tournament host for the 54-hole Championships.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE . . . A practice round will take place on Wednesday, April 23 before the tournament begins on Thursday morning. There will be two waves of competition, the first beginning at 8:30 a.m., and the second at 9:30 a.m. Split tees will be utilized for this championship. All 10 teams, based upon the coaches' seeding of the squads, have been assigned to a flight. Following are the team seedings:
6. Arizona State
8. Oregon State
9. Washington State
The teams will play 18 holes each day, with rounds beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. An awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2003 All-Pac-10 team will follow the completion of the tournament. The team pairings for the first round are as follows:
FIRST WAVE (No. 1 tee): ASU, Washington, UCLA
FIRST WAVE (No. 10 tee): Oregon , Washington State
SECOND WAVE (No. 1 tee): California, Arizona, USC
SECOND WAVE (No. 10 tee): Oregon State, Stanford
Pairings (twosomes and threesomes) will be reordered for each round on Friday and Saturday based on team scores.
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 14th, the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index lists seven Pac-10 teams among the Top-30: No. 5 USC, No. 6 Arizona, No. 8 California, No. 14 UCLA, No. 20 Washington, No. 27 Arizona State and No. 28 Stanford . . . Individually, Arizona's Erica Blasberg is ranked No. 2, followed by Mikaela Parmlid, USC at No. 4, Charlotte Mayorkas, UCLA at No. 5, Louise Friberg, WASH at No. 21, Sarah Huarte, CAL at No. 29, Vikki Laing, CAL at No. 31, Lindsay Morgan, WASH at No. 35, Becky Lucidi, USC at No. 36 and Laura Myerscough, ARIZ at No. 50, rounding out the nation's top-50.
MEDIA INFORMATION . . . Travis Lahman is the media contact for the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships. All inquiries should be directed to him at 541/737-8588.
TOURNAMENT RESULTS . . . 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 Oregon State website at www.osubeavers.com.
CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW . . . Three-time defending Pac-10 Champion ARIZONA will look to nab its second team victory of the season, after winning the NCAA Fall Preview in September. The Wildcats' freshman phenom Erica Blasberg (72.00 stroke avg.) has two tournament titles to her name in '02-03, winning the Stanford-Pepsi Invitational and the Wildcat Invitational. Arizona looks to notch the Pac-10's first women's golf 'four-peat' since ASU won four straight titles in 1992-96 . . . ARIZONA STATE has finished in the top four in three of its last five events, including a third-place finish at the Wildcat Invitational and a fourth-place effort at the Spartan Invitational. Senior Blair O'Neil has been performing well for the Sun Devils', with two Top-10 finishes and a 76.50 stroke average . . . CALIFORNIA is led by senior Vikki Laing. She's posted a team-leading 74.30 stroke average this season with four Top-10 finishes this year, including three Top-five efforts. The Golden Bears have won a schoolrecord five tournament titles in 2002-03, most recently winning at the Ping/ASU Invitational on April 6 . . . OREGON is led by freshman Therese Winslow (76.80 stroke average), who helped the Ducks to a season-best 5th-place finish at the OSU/Shanico Invitational (Sept. 16-17) with a fifth place finish of her own. . . . OREGON STATE has six Top-10 finishes this season, a tied for second place at its own Shanico Invitational (Sept. 16-17). Senior Stacie Ferguson paces the Beavers with a 77.00 stroke average and two Top-10 finishes this season. The Beavers are hosting the Pac-10 Championships for only the second time (1995, 8th place) . . . STANFORD has six Top-10 finishes, four in the Top-five, including a second-place effort at the Peg Barnard Collegiate (April 12-13) on its home course. Senior Kim Rowton leads the Cardinal with three Top-10 finishes on the season, including a win at the Kent Youel Invitational (Oct. 29-30). She's sporting a team-best 75.10 stroke average . . . UCLA sophomore Charlotte Mayorkas has finished in the Top-10 in her last five events, including a win at the ASU/Ping Invitational (April 4-6) where she set a 54-hole school record with a 7-under 209. The Bruins have placed in the Top-10 in all nine events this season, including three second place efforts . . . USC has finished in the Top-5 in five tournaments this year, including two tournament titles, at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational (Oct. 7-9) and the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Tournament (March 18-19). Senior Mikaela Parmild has won a school record three tournaments in 2002-03, winning at the Ihlanfeldt, the Dr. Thompson, and the Pioneer Electronics Bruin Classic. She's compiled a total of five Top-10 finishes . . . WASHINGTON has three second place finishes, and have placed in the Top-10 in eight of nine events. Louise Friberg (74.4 stroke average) has six Top-10 finishes . . . WASHINGTON STATE Sophomore Kim Welch (75.7 stroke average) has six Top-5 efforts on the season, including a win at the Oregon Duck Invitational. The Cougars have won three tourneys in 2002-03, getting wins at the Inland Collegiate, Lady Moc Classic and the Duck Invitational. Overall, WSU has finished in the Top-10 in nine of eleven tournaments.
2002 PAC-10 WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS . . . Arizona captured its sixth Pac-10 title, third straight and fifth in six years behind the strong play of Lorena Ochoa (2nd place) and Laura Myerscough (T4th). Cristina Baena tied for 15th and Laura Myerscough tied for 29th to pace the Cats. ASU'S Jimin Kang took home medalists honors with an even par 216. Arizona went on to finish tied for second at the NCAA Championships, as Ochoa tied for second with a 4-under 284 , and Myerscough tied for eight with a 2-under 286. Yvonne Choe of UCLA was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and the Bruins' Carrie Leary garnered Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? . . . The Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., will be the site of the NCAA West Regional Championships Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10, while the NCAA Championships will be Tuesday, May 20 through Friday, May 23 at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind.
NEXT YEAR . . . UCLA will host the 2004 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships.