Women's Golf Set For Pac-10 Championships
April 17, 2008
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington women's golf will head to Southern California for the 2008 Pac-10 Championships at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, Monday, April 21, through Wednesday, April 23.
USC will serve as the tournament host for the 54-hole championship which will feature 18 holes to be played each day beginning from both the first and 10th tees at 8 a.m. The Palos Verdes Golf Club will play at par 72 and 6,000 yards. Both team and individual champions will be crowned following play on Wednesday. Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com.
The Huskies will open the tournament paired with Oregon and will tee off from the 10th hole on Monday at 8:30 a.m. UW's lineup will include freshman Karinn Dickinson (Mukilteo, Wash.), freshman Anya Alvarez (Jenks, Okla.), sophomore Molly Aronsson (Shelburne, Vt.), sophomore Christina Yoon (Etobicoke, Ontario) and freshman Nicole Ferrero (Lodi, Calif.).
Like always, the Pac-10 Championships will showcase many of the top teams and individuals in the nation. According to the April 12 Golfweek/Sagarin index, three of the top four teams in the country hail from the Pac-10 in No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 USC and No. 4 Arizona State. Eight Pac-10 squads are ranked in the Top-50 including No. 13 Arizona, No. 20 California, No. 24 Stanford, No. 43 Oregon and No. 46 Washington.
Five of the top seven ranked individuals also come from the Pac-10 including No. 3 Azahara Munoz (Arizona State), No. 4 Tiffany Joh (UCLA), No. 5 Anna Nordqvist (Arizona State), No. 6 Alison Walshe (Arizona) and No. 7 Belen Mozo (USC).
Arizona State is the defending team champion, winning the 2007 title shooting 33-over 897 at Broadmoor Golf Club in Seattle. UCLA's Joh was the 2007 Pac-10 medalist, winning a playoff with ASU's Anna Nordqvist.
The Huskies finished in seventh place last year (74-over 938) and were led by Yoon who finished 11th on the individual leaderboard (13-over 229). Washington's best performance at the Pac-10 Championships was a third-place finish in 1988. Former UW All-American Paige Mackenzie is the only Husky to win a Pac-10 individual title, claiming medalist honors in 2006.
Washington is coming off its best finish of the year, placing second at last week's Peg Barnard Collegiate. Dickinson became the first Husky since 2006 to win a tournament title, claiming her first career medalist honors with a 36-hole total of even-par 142. Alvarez also notched a career-high fifth place finish (5-over 147).
Noting The Huskies
Pac-10 History: Washington's best performance at the Pac-10 Championships came in 1988 - UW finished third...besides that, UW has notched five fifth-place finishes, seven sixth-place finishes and one seventh-place finish... Paige Mackenzie became the first UW player to win a Pac-10 individual title in 2006...prior to that, Kelli Kamimura held the highest conference finish, placing third in 2001...two Huskies in this year's Pac-10 lineup have previous conference tournament experience...sophomore Christina Yoon tied for 11th last year and sophomore Molly Aronsson placed 23rd...Yoon's 11th place finish is tied for 14th in school history.
Dickinson Wins First Career Title: Freshman Karinn Dickinson won her first career tournament title when she claimed medalist honors at last week's Peg Barnard Collegiate at Stanford (April 11-12). The Mukilteo, Wash., native carded back-to-back career-low rounds of even-par 71 win the event by one shot. She became the first Husky to win a tournament title since Paige Mackenzie won the 2006 NCAA West Regional crown.
Youth Is Served: The Huskies' 2008 roster is extremely young with three sophomores and four freshmen. Washington's lineup has regularly included three freshmen and two sophomores throughout the season. UW's top finisher the last three straight tournaments has been a rookie, with Anya Alvarez leading the way at the Duck and PING/ASU Invitationals before Dickinson took over with her win at the Peg Barnard Collegiate.
Dawg Bites: Sophomore Christina Yoon leads the squad with a 76.46 stroke average, but not far behind are freshman Anya Alvarez (76.52) and sophomore Molly Aronsson (76.85)...Yoon and Alvarez are the only two Huskies to break 70 this season...both have carded rounds of 5-under 67...Yoon is the only Husky to finish a tournament under-par, going 4-under 212 at the UNLV Spring Invitational...including last week's runner-up finish at the Peg Barnard Collegiate, the Huskies have two other Top-5 finishes this season...UW placed fourth at both the Spartan Invitational (March 10-12) and the Duck Invitational (March 24-25).
Looking Ahead: Following the Pac-10 Championships, the last two tournaments that dot the schedule are the NCAA Regionals (May 8-10) and the NCAA Championships to be held in Albuquerque, N.M. (May 20-23). The three 27-team/six individual regional fields will be announced by the NCAA on Monday, April 28.
2008 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship
April 21-23; Palos Verdes Golf Club
Par 72, 6,000 Yards
Palos Verdes, Calif.; Host - USC
First Round Team Pairings
Teams Time Tee #
Group 1: UCLA/USC 8 a.m. 1
Group 2: Arizona State/Arizona 8:40 a.m. 1
Group 3: California/Stanford 9:20 a.m. 1
Group 4: Oregon/Washington 8:30 a.m. 10
Group 5: Washington State/Oregon State 9:10 a.m. 10
All-Time Pac-10 Team Champions
2007 Arizona State
1996 Arizona State
1995 Arizona State
1994 Arizona State
1993 Arizona State
1989 Southern California
1988 Arizona State
1987 Arizona State