Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships Preview
April 18, 2006
EVENT . . . The 20th Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship will take place April 24-26, 2006, at the Oro Valley Country Club (Par 72, 6,495) in Oro Valley, Ariz. Arizona is the Tournament host for this year's Pac-10 Championships. Admission is free to the public.
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE . . . A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 23 starting at 11 a.m. before competition begins on Monday, April 24. Split tees will be utilized for this championship. The teams will play 18 holes each day, with rounds beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday. An awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2006 All-Pac-10 team will follow the completion of the tournament. Pairings (twosomes and threesomes) will be reordered for each round on Tuesday and Wednesday based on team scores.
Following are the seedings and first round tee times for the 2006 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship:
Seed Institution Tee Time1 UCLA Tee 1: 9:50 a.m.2 Arizona State Tee 1: 9:50 a.m.3 USC Tee 1: 9:10 a.m.4 California Tee 1: 9:10 a.m.5 Stanford Tee 1: 8:30 a.m.6 Arizona Tee 1: 8:30 a.m.7 Washington Tee 10: 9:34 a.m.8 Washington State Tee 10: 9:34 a.m.9 Oregon Tee 10: 8:54 a.m.10 Oregon State Tee 10: 8:54 a.m.
TOURNAMENT SCORING . . . The three-round competition will be scored by stroke play. Each team will consist of five golfers. The top four individual scores will count toward the team score.
RANKINGS . . . As of April 17th, the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index lists seven Pac-10 teams among the Top-30: No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 6 USC, No. 12 California, No. 19 Arizona, No. 21 Stanford, and No. 27 Washington . . . Individually, USC's Irene Cho is ranked No. 2, followed by No. 5 Jane Park of UCLA, No. 6 Azahara Munoz of Arizona State, No. 8 Tiffany Joh of UCLA, No. 12 Jennifer Osborn of Arizona State, No. 14 Paige MacKenzie of Washington, No. 16 Amie Cochran of UCLA, No. 20 Sofie Andersson of California, No. 24 Alissa Kuczka of Arizona State, and No. 28 Tiffany Tavee of Arizona State.
MEDIA INFORMATION . . . Aaron Steinberg is the media contact for the 2006 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships. All inquiries should be directed to him at 520.621.4163.
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. Another option is to go to the Golfstat website at www.golfstatresults.com and click on live scoring (scores are updated every three holes). You may also go to the Arizona website at www.arizonaathletics.com.
CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW . . .
No. 19 ARIZONA is led by freshman Adriana Zwanck (73.87 stroke avg.) who was GolfWorld's female college player of the week for March 28-April 5, following her first-place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational. The previous week at the Mountain View Intercollegiate, Zwanck earned her first career collegiate victory. Arizona has placed in the Top-5 at the last 11 Pac-10 Championships, taking title honors in 2000, 2001, and 2002.
No. 3 ARIZONA STATE will be looking to capture its first Pac-10 title since 1996 and seventh Pac-10 crown overall. The Sun Devils have four players ranked in the Top-30: Azahara Munoz (6), Jennifer Osborn (12), Alissa Kuczka (24), and Tiffany Tavee (28). ASU logged seven Top-5 finishes this season, claiming titles at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and the Wildcat Invitational.
No. 12 CALIFORNIA finished the season on a high note, placing second at the Peg Barnard Collegiate at Stanford. Cal seniors Sofie Andersson and Sophia Sheridan placed third and fourth, respectively. Andersson recorded four Top-10 finishes this season. Cal won the 2003 Pac-10 title, and has not placed lower than fifth in the last five seasons.
OREGON is coming off a team victory at the Illini Spring Classic, carding a 610 in the four-player event, five strokes better than Michigan. Freshman Cathryn Bristow won the event for the Ducks, marking her second tourney title of the season. Bristow won the title by one stroke, and UO had two other players in the Top-20 overall. Junior Kim McCready has two Top-20 finishes this season.
OREGON STATE logged five Top-10 team finishes this season, highlighted by a second-place finish at the Oregon Duck Invitational. Senior Leah Whiting logged two Top-5 finishes this season, in the season-opening OSU Women's Invitational and at the Oregon Duck Invitational. Sophomore Julianna Uhrik placed sixth at the CU Heather Farr Memorial Invitational.
No. 21 STANFORD is looking for its first Pac-10 Championship since 1999, when the Cardinal hosted the event. The Cardinal women are coming off a third-place finish at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, thanks to top-10 finishes from Jenna Seki (5th), Mari Chun (7th), and Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana (tie-10th). Senior Kelly Husted won the Kent Yoeul Invitational, leading the Cardinal to a season-best second place finish.
No. 2 UCLA, the reigning Pac-10 champion, looks to grab a third consecutive title. UCLA capped off their regular season with their third-straight PING/ASU Invitational title. The Bruins have three players ranked in the Top-25: No. 5 Jane Park, No. 8 Tiffany Joh, and No. 16 Amie Cochran. Each of those players have at least three Top-5 finishes this season.
No. 6 USC is led by Irene Cho, who currently sits at No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and is the highest rated Pac-10 player. The Trojans have placed in the Top-5 in the last eight Pac-10 Championships, and look to better their third-place finish from 2005. The Trojans enter the Pac-10 Championships on a high note after winning the Peg Barnard Collegiate, with Cho garnering her third tournament title of the season.
No. 27 WASHINGTON looks to better its sixth-place Pac-10 Championships finish in 2005, and will rely on senior All-Conference selection Paige Mackenzie. Mackenzie opened the season with a tournament win at the Topy Cup in Japan, with teammate Amber Prange taking third-place honors. UW has not placed higher than fifth at the Pac-10s since the 2001 season.
WASHINGTON STATE is led by Anastasia Kostina and Amy Eneroth, who are coming off Top-10 finishes at the Peg Barnard Collegiate. Kostina tied for seventh and Eneroth tied for 10th in the event, leading the Cougars to a fifth place finish. Kostina logged eight Top-10 finishes on the season. WSU tied its highest finish ever at the Pac-10 Championships last season, placing seventh.
2005 PAC-10 WOMEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS . . . UCLA captured its second consecutive Pac-10 Title and placed second at the NCAA Championship in 2005. UCLA shot a 10-over to stand at 874 and won the Pac-10 Tournament by four strokes. ARIZONA STATE's Louise Stahle carded a 5-under 67 in the final round to claim the individual title and brought the Sun Devils within four strokes of UCLA.
The Bruins placed second behind Duke at the NCAA Golf Championship by shooting a four-under 1148. CALIFORNIA finished fifth in the NCAA Championship and was led by senior Claire Dury who finished tied for sixth, while UCLA's Amie Cochran finished tied for third. In addition to Cal, Arizona State, USC and WASHINGTON finished in the Top-15 at tied for eighth, tied for 11th and 14th, respectively, while STANFORD finished 19th.
Arizona State's Louise Stahle was named Pac-10 Golfer of the Year as well as Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. For the second consecutive year, UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year.