2004 Women's Golf Championship Preview
April 12, 2004
EVENT . . . The 18th Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship will take place April 19-21, 2004 at the Saticoy country Club (Par 72, 6,379) in Somis, Calif. UCLA is the Tournament host for the 54-hole Championships.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE . . . A practice round will take place on Wednesday, April 18 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.
The teams will play 18 holes each day, with rounds beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. An awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2004 All-Pac-10 team will follow the completion of the tournament.
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 five Pac-10 teams among the Top-15: No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 California, No. 9 USC, No. 11 Arizona and No. 12 . . . Individually, UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas is ranked No. 2, followed by No. Erica Blasberg or Arizona, No. 11 Susie Mathews of UCLA, USC's Irene Cho is 13th, 16th-ranked Sarah Huarte of Cal and No.18 Paige Mackenzie of Washington. In addition, Washington State junior Kim Welch is tied for the national lead with four individual tournament titles.
MEDIA INFORMATION . . . Rick Bertolucci is the media contact for the 2004 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships. All inquiries should be directed to him at 310.206.8194
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.uclabruins.com
CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW . . . At the last seven Pac-10 tournament the Wildcats have won five of the Pac-10 team titles. The Wildcats additionally won in 1992. ARIZONA is led by sophomore Erica Blasberg (72.10 stroke avg.) who has finished in the Top-5 six times this season. Blasberg, a preseason All-American selection, won three individual title during the fall season. Her latest at the Pepsi-Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on Oct. 17-19. Blasberg's first season victory came at the Mason Rudolph Invitational on Sept. 26-28, followed by her second victory at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational on Oct. 6-8... ARIZONA STATE has finished in the Top-10 four times this season and has three freshman in the lineup, the Sun Devils will be looking to capture their first Pac-10 title since 1996 and their 10th league crown overall. The Devils are led by sophomore Alissa Kuczka and junior Erin Tone. Tone is coming off of a solid performance at the PING/ASU Invitational (Apr. 2-4), where she shot a five-over 221, placing 18th overall. . . After about a two-week break from competition, No. 4 CALIFORNIA looks to defend its 2003 Pac-10 title at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. The Golden Bears are led by sophomore Sophia Sheridan. She's posted a team-leading 74.5 stroke average this season with five Top-10 finishes. At the PING/ASU Invitational, Sheridan led the Bears with an even-par 217 to finish tied for sixth. . . OREGON is led by a group of very talented sophomores, Therese Wenslow, Erin Andrews and Michelle Timpani. Andrews leads the Ducks this season with a 76.0 stroke average with Wenslow close behind at 76.4. Timpani is fifth on the team with a 78.4 season average, but has come on this spring with three top-25 finishes in four events. . . OREGON STATE enters the week after an eighth-place finish at Stanford's 36-hole Peg Barnard Collegiate Apr. 10-11. THe Beavers are led by freshman Lindsay Eide (79.81), who has had a hot stick of late, carding an average of 76.8 strokes over her last five rounds, three strokes better than her season average. Whiting has been OSU's steadiest competitor, leading the team in scoring at 78.81 and notching four finishes of 30th or better. . . STANFORD is looking for its first Pac-10 Championship since 1999, when the Cardinal hosted the event. Senior Kim Kouwabunpat leads the Cardinal this season with a 75.2 stroke average, followed by freshman Lauren Todd, who has a 75.8 stroke average. Todd has posted four top 25 finishes while Kouwabunpat has three. . . Championship host UCLA has won three of its last four events, and are ranked No. 2 in the nation. UCLA also boasts the conference's top-ranked individual in junior All-American Charlotte Mayorkas, who is rated No.2 by GolfWeek. . . The No. 8 USC Trojans--the defending NCAA champion--looks continue its strong play of late, USC has seven top-10 finishes so far this season (including four top five showings) and is just coming off a season-best second place at the Ping/ASU Invitational. Sophomore Irene Cho leads the Women of Troy this season with a stroke average of 74.70 and four top-20 finishes, including the individual title at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. . . WASHINGTON enters the Pac-10 Championship on a high not after it posted a second round score of 300 to place second at the Peg Barnard Collegiate played at the Stanford Golf Course. Washington shot 28-over 604 during the 36-hole tournament to place 14 strokes behind first-place Stanford. The tournament marked the sixth time in the Huskies' last seven tournaments they have posted a top-five finish. . . WASHINGTON STATE junior Kim Welch is tied for the national lead with four individual tournament titles. The Cougars have won two tourneys in 2003-04,getting wins at the Inland Collegiate and the Duck Invitational. Overall, WSU has finished in the Top-10 in eight tournaments.
2003 PAC-10 WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS . . . CALIFORNIA won its first Pac-10 Championship, behind the medalist performance of Vikki Laing, whose even par 216 (71-72-73) put her just out of reach of second-place Mikaela Parmlid of USC, who shot a one-over 217 (70-73-74). Golden Bear Sarah Huarte also finished in the top-five with a 5-over par 221. USC won it's first NCAA golf title, besting second-place Pepperdine by 15 strokes. UCLA and Arizona both turned in top-10 performances, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively. As for the rest of the Conference, California finished tied for 14th, STANFORD ended up at 16th, ARIZONA STATE took 18th, and WASHINGTON STATE placed 23rd. Individually, Parmlid earned the NCAA individual title , defeating Andrea Vander Lende of Florida in a one-hole playoff. Pac-10 Player and Newcomer of the Year Erica Blasberg of Arizona finished tied for third, along with USC's Irene Cho, rounding out the Pac-10 presence in the top-five. California head coach Nancy McDaniel was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Team Results (Par 288-288-288--864) Top-5 Individuals (Par 72-72-72--216) 1. California 292-299-301-892 1. Vikki Laing, California 71-72-73-216 2. Arizona 299-297-301-897 2. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 70-73-74-217 3. UCLA 298-300-304-902 3. Erica Blasberg, Arizona 72-74-73-219 4. USC 297-302-304-903 4. Blair O'Neal, Arizona State 73-69-78-220 5. Arizona State 301-304-310-915 T5. Hana Kim, UCLA 74-74-73-221 6. Stanford 307-311-302-920 Sarah Huarte, California 70-74-77-221 7. Washington State 312-309-303-924 8. Washington 300-314-315-929 9. Oregon State 317-307-314-938 10. Oregon 316-312-315-943
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? . . . The West regional will be played May 6-8 at Stanford Golf Course, Stanford, Calif., hosted by Stanford University, while the NCAA Championships will be Tuesday, May 18 through Friday, May 21 at Grand National Lake Course in Opelika, Ala.