Six Pac-10 Women's Golf Squads Vie for NCAA Title
May 17, 2010
BREAKING DOWN THE PAC-10 IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
WHO: ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, OREGON, UCLA, USC, and STANFORD
WHAT: 29th NCAA Women's Golf Championships. 24 teams and six individuals will battle for the title in a 72-hole, five-player-court-four format.
WHEN: May 18-21, 2010
WHERE: Country Club of Landfall, Wilmington, N.C.; hosted by University of North Carolina, Wilmington
HOW: With six squads in the final field of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, the Pac-10 is the most well-represented Conference in the Championships. Pac-10 Champion Arizona won the West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course in Stanford, Calif., for its 5th all-time regional title and first since 2001. As a team, the Wildcats shot 24-over 876, led by sophomore Nikki Kohler who finished tied for third with a score of 2-over 215. UCLA was right on Arizona's heels, finishing second in the West Region with a final score of 33-over 885 and qualifying for its 10th-consecutive NCAA Championships final round . Leading the way for the Bruins was sophomore Stephanie Kono, who finished tied for 10th, with Arizona sophomore Margarita Ramos, with a score of 7-over 220. Stanford also qualified out of the West Region, finishing sixth overall, led by freshman Sally Watson, who finished tied for seventh at 6-over 219. This will be the Cardinal's 19th trip to the NCAA final round, with their highest finish being second in 2000.
At the Central Regional, USC took first at the Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind. The Trojans have won four regional titles in the past five years and advance to their 13th-straight NCAA final. Junior Lizette Salas finished second overall with a score of 5-over 221, the highest finish of any Trojan in the field. USC was trailed by 2009 NCAA Champion Arizona State, who finished second with a score of 51-over 915. ASU will look to defend its title as it makes its 19th-consecutive trip to the NCAA finals. The Sun Devils had two top 10 individual finishers with senior Juliana Murcia finishing in seventh at 11-over 227. 2010 Pac-10 individual champion, sophomore Carlota Ciganda finished behind Murcia in eighth at 12-over 228. Oregon also made the cut in the Central Region, finishing tied for sixth with a score of 75-over 939. Junior Kendra Little led the Ducks with a score of 12-over 228 to tie for eigth. For Oregon, this is its first NCAA finals berth in 10 years and seventh overall in school history.