Day 1 recap: USC 2nd, UCLA and Oregon 4th in NCAA women's golf regionals

Three Pac-12 teams are in the top five of their respective 24-team groups after the first day of the NCAA women's golf regionals. USC is currently in second place and Oregon is in fourth in the West regional at Stanford Golf Course, while UCLA also finished fourth in its Thursday round in the East regional at Auburn University Golf Club. The top-8 teams and top-2 individuals from each regional will qualify for the NCAA women's golf championships, which will be held May 21-24 in Athens, Ga. Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how each of the eight Pac-12 schools participating in regional action fared on the first day.

West Regional


Most Pac-12 schools still golfing find themselves in the West Regional, as five of the eight are on The Farm through Saturday. Top-ranked USC leads the West regional Pac with its collective 290 (+6) at Stanford Golf Course Thursday, but the Women of Troy trail Vanderbilt (289, +5) by one stroke heading into the second round. That said, it was a successful day for the Pac-12 champion Women of Troy and especially so for Annie Park. The reigning Pac-12 individual champion is the clubhouse leader, boasting a 4-under 67 after her opening round.

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Seeding, schmeeding. The Ducks came into the West regional with a 14-out-of-24 designation and ended the day as one of the biggest pleasant surprises across the country by coming back into the clubhouse in fourth place and just three shots behind regional-leading Vanderbilt. Leading the Quacks to their team score of 292 (+8) was Cassy Isagawa, who shot 2-under and is in a tie for third on the player leaderboard thanks to a scorecard that reveals zero bogeys and three birdies from the third hole on. Her Thursday round was just one off her season low of 68.


Like Oregon, Cal entered regional play with low outside expectations after earning a No. 16 seed in the West regional. And, like Oregon, the Golden Bears outplayed their seed, finishing Thursday in eighth after shooting 297 (+13) as a team. Thanks to Hannah Suh's 1-under, not only is Cal in a good position to compete for a spot in Athens, but it also gives the Pac-12 three of the top-6 golfers after 18 holes at Stanford Golf Course. Suh is in a tie for fifth with Portland State individual competitor A Ram Choi, who played one year at Washington before transferring to Viking U.

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Janie Jackson was quite impressive for the Wildcats, shooting even par Thursday afternoon. The freshman from Alabama did not record a bogey in her first 13 holes en route to an opening-round 71. Unfortunately for Jackson, her teammates did not fare as well and the Wildcats had to count the 78s shot by Andrea Vilarasau and Patricia Garcia towards their team total, which ended up being 300 (+16) on the dot. Entering the West as a No. 2 seed, the Wildcats have the firepower to dig themselves out of their early tie for 10th with Texas A&M.


The Cardinal had a tough time navigating their home course, finishing Thursday one stroke behind the Wildcats at 301 (+17) and in a tie for 12th with LSU, San Jose State and THE Ohio State University. Lauren Kim and Mariko Tumangan both shot 3-over-par to pace Stanford, while Mariah Stackhouse isn't far behind at 4-over. Better things can be expected from Stackhouse, the Pac-12 Golfer of the Month for February after winning the Peg Barnard Invitational in large thanks to shooting a 61 in one of the rounds (and a course-record 26 over the front nine!).

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Don't forget about Jennifer Coleman. While Colorado didn't qualify for the NCAA postseason, the Buffs can still cheer on individual participant Coleman, who navigated a tough Stanford Golf Course to the tune of a 1-over 72 and is currently in a tie for 16th with six other golfers, including Oregon's Caroline Inglis. Coleman is one of six individual golfers from teams who didn't qualify for postseason play competing in the West regional and 18 overall in NCAA regional play.

Central Regional

Two Pac-12 squads are golfing in the Central Regional, and Arizona State (292, +4) currently finds itself two strokes ahead of Washington (294, +6) after 18 holes. In the grand scheme of things, the Sun Devils are in a four-way tie for seventh, which is just about on pace to reach the  NCAA Championships in Georgia later this month. Washington has a little more work cut out for itself, residing in a tie for 12th but just two strokes out of the top 8.


Arizona State was led by sophomore Noemi Jimenez, who shot a 70 (-2) to wind up in a tie for ninth through Thursday's proceedings. After a double bogey on the 12th hole (her third), the Malaga, Spain, native bogeyed just one hole over her last 15 while birdieing four in the same span. The Sun Devils got into a groove as the round wore on. Starting the day on the 10th hole, the four Forks whose scores counted shot a combined 8-over-par on the back nine but finished a combined 4-under on the front nine to round out the day.

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The Huskies' out/in splits weren't as drastic as their Pac-12 counterparts, staying a little more consistent throughout the course despite finishing two strokes worse for the first round. SooBin Kim set the tone for Washington as the only Husky under par on the day at 1-under, birdieing her 16th and 17th holes before taking a "5" on the par-4 9th to conclude her round (like Arizona State, Washington also started on the back nine). The Pac-12 Golfer of the Month for October is currently in a tie for 13th along with Arizona State's Emilie Alonso and a multitude of other players.

East Regional


UCLA is the lone ranger out in the East Regional, but the Bruins don't need any conference companionship out in Alabama. UCLA shot 288 as a team on Thursday, good for even par on Auburn's course and fourth place through the first round. Talk about consistency throughout the lineup: While there aren't any Bruins currently in the top 10 on the player leaderboard, all five UCLA golfers shot 1-over or better. Lee Lopez is the low woman for head coach Carrie Forsyth after carding a 71. Her 1-under puts her in a tie for 14th heading into Friday.

Regional play continues tomorrow and concludes Saturday. Check back here at the Pac-12 Post for more day recaps as the action progresses.

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