USC to Host 2019 Pac-12 Conference Women’s Golf Championship
WHAT: Pac-12 Conference Women’s Golf Championship (33rd Annual)
WHEN: Monday-Wednesday, April 15-17, 2019
HOST: USC will host the 54-hole Championship
WHO: Women’s golf teams from 11 Pac-12 institutions will compete for bragging rights at the 2019 Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championship.
TELEVISION: Pac-12 Networks will air live coverage of the finishing holes in the final round of the championships on Wednesday, April 17 at 2 p.m. PT.
SCHEDULE: A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 14 at 8:30 a.m. before the tournament begins on Monday morning. Tee times will be the same for all three days, beginning off No. 1 and No. 10 at 8:30 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. respectively. Team pairings for the first day were determined by a blind draw, with the number one seed guaranteed to play in a twosome off the first tee with a tee time in the middle of the draw. Pairings for Tuesday and Wednesday will be determined by order of finish from the previous day’s round.
TOURNAMENT SCORING: The top-four individuals from each team with the lowest scores for any 18-hole round constitute the scoring members of the five member team for that given round. The team championship will be awarded to the squad with the lowest total combined score for all rounds.
CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS: At the conclusion of each round, results and photos will be posted on the Pac-12’s golf championship web site (http://pac-12.com/womens-golf/championships) and a link will also be available on the Pac-12 website to hole-by-hole live Golfstat scoring (www.golfstat.com).
OFF THE TEE... #Pac12Golf
USC will serve as host of the 33rd Annual Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships at Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., April 15-17. Only three times in the previous 32 Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships has the host team also captured the team title - 1999 Stanford (Stanford Golf Course), 2004 UCLA (Saticoy CC, Somis, Calif.) and 2008 USC (Palos Verdes Golf Club) ... The Pac-12 features six top 20 teams (Golfweek rankings) in No. 2 USC, No. 3 STANFORD, No. 9 UCLA, No. 11 ARIZONA, No. 15 ARIZONA STATE and No. 19 WASHINGTON ... According to Golfstat rankings, the Pac-12 boasts five of the nation’s top 12 individuals in Stanford’s Andrea Lee, UCLA’s Mariel Galdiano, USC’s Jennifer Chang, UCLA’s Patty Tavatanakit and Stanford’s Albane Valenzuela.
No. 2 USC - The Trojans have posted nine top-3 finishes in as many tournaments this season with five wins, a second-place finish and three third-place finishes ... Four Trojans boast scoring averages under 73.00 - Jennifer Chang (72.00), Malia Nam (72.29), Alyaa Abdulghany (72.47) and Gabriela Ruffels (72.82) ... Chang, Adbulghany and Ruffles have each finished atop the leaderboard this season ... Chang has six top-10 finishes, Nam has five top-10 placings, while Ruffels has posted four top-10 finishes.
No. 3 STANFORD - The Cardinal has posted five top-five finishes, including each of the last four events with a pair of wins at teh Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge and the Bruin Wave Invitational ... A veteran team, five of Stanford’s top six players are either a junior or senior ... Juniors Andrea Lee (71.38 avg) and Albane Valenzuela (72.44 avg) pace the Cardinal. Lee posted a win at the PING/ASU Invitational. It was her eighth career win, tying the Stanford mark held by Mhairi McKay (1994-97).
No. 9 UCLA - The defending Pac-12 champions were the only team to go under par at last year’s championships ... The Bruins will need to defend their title without Lilia Vu who tied for medalist honors with teammate Patty Tavatanakit. Vu turned professional after earning her LPGA tour card in the fall ... Junior Mariel Galdiano (71.75 avg) has four top-10 finishes, including wins at the Golfweek Conference Challenge and the Stanford Intercollegiate. Tavatanakit (71.63 avg) also has four top-10 finishes during her sophomore campaign, which includes a season-opening victory at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate ... Senior Beth Wu (73.42 avg) claimed a win this season as she tied for medalist honors at the PING/ASU Invitational.
No. 11 ARIZONA - The defending national champions won three tournaments this season and finished third three times. Junior Bianca Pagdanganan (72.77 avg) and freshman Yu-Sang Hou (72.91 avg) pace the Wildcats this season. Pagdanganan topped the field at the El Tigre Invitational with a 9-under 207 and finished in the top five in three other tournaments. Hou tied for medalist honors at the Pac-12 Preview and posted three runner-up finishes. Junior Haley Moore (73.77 avg) has posted four top 15 finishes, including each of the last three tournaments.
No. 15 ARIZONA STATE - The Sun Devils finished among the top-five six times this season, including a victory at the Wildcat Invitational and three runner-up finishes, most recently the PING/ASU Invitational ... Junior Olivia Mehaffey (72.85 avg) has four top-10 finishes in 9 events, including a win at the Bruin Wave ... Sophomore Raquel Olmos (73.71 avg) has posted a pair of top-10 finishes, including second place honors at the Windy City (-9).
No. 19 WASHINGTON - Senior Wenyung Keh (72.95 avg) paces the Huskies with nine of her 21 rounds under par and has posted five top-15 finishes in seven events ... Senior Sarah Rhee (73.79 avg) has three top-10 finishes and has claimed the lone individual victory for the Huskies when she topped the field at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invite (8-under 208) ... Senior Julianne Alvarez (73.63 avg) claims a pair of top-10 finishes.
OREGON - The Ducks have finished fifth or better in six of nine tournaments, including a pair of second-place outings at the recent Bruin Wave and Wildcat Invitational ... Sophomore Petra Salko (73.39 avg) has finished in the top-10 in three of her last four outings, including a second-place finish at the Bruin Wave ... Senior Kathleen Scavo (73.69 avg) has three top-8 finishes in three of her last four events, including a tie for fourth in the recent Sliverado Showdown ... Freshman Tze-Han Lin recorded Oregon’s lone individual victory this season when she tied for medalist honors at the Pac-12 Preview.
OREGON STATE - The Beavers have posted six top-5 team finishes, including a victory at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational ... Sophomore Ellie Slama (71.69 avg) has posted top-12 finishes in eight of nine outings this season, including a victory at the Trinity Forest Invitational. Slama has posted par or better in 20 of 26 rounds. Senior Olivia Benzin (72.77 avg), has lowered her stroke average by nearly two strokes from last season. Benzin has three top-4 finishes and has shot par or better in five of her last seven rounds.
CALIFORNIA - The Golden Bears finished second in four of their last six tournaments ... Senior Cindy Oh (72.83 avg) has posted three top-five finishes, She’s improved her scoring average from last season by nearly four strokes (76.4 avg in 2017-18) ... Freshman Katherine Zhu (73.16 avg) has posted five top-10 finishes.
COLORADO - Six top-10 finishes in eight tournaments for the Buffaloes in 2018-19 ... The Buffs look to overcome the departure of Robyn Choi who earned her LPGA tour card after the fall season ... Senior Kristy Hodgkins (74.00 avg) has posted the team’s low score in six of the last eight tournaments. Her top finish being a third-place showing at the Pac-12 Preview.
WASHINGTON STATE - The Cougars have finished in the top-8 in four events ... Junior Marie Lund-Hansen (73.56 avg) and senior Madison Odiorne (74.30 avg) lead Washington State. Lund-Hansen had her best outing of the season at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational where she finished 3-over 219 to finish tied for second
NCAA REGIONALS: May 6-8, 2019. The NCAA Women’s Golf Committee will select 72 teams and 24 individuals for regional competition including automatic qualifers (27) and at-large teams (45). The selections will be announced Wednesday, April 24. The low six teams and three individuals not on those teams will advance to the finals.
NCAA SUCCESS... The Pac-12 has won 19 NCAA team titles, while 16 different individuals have garnered medalist honors. Bring on Match Play... In the four years since the NCAA went to the Match Play format for its championship, the Pac-12 is a perfect 4-0, with national titles coming from four different members - Stanford (2015), Washington (2016), Arizona State (2017) and Arizona (2018).
2018-19 PAC-12 GOLFERS OF THE MONTH
AUGUSTA NATIONAL WOMEN’S AMATEUR: Eleven Pac-12 golfers were among the field of 72 who participated in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur last week. Yu-Sang Hou and Haley Moore of Arizona; Sofia Anokhina, Alessandra Fanali and Olivia Mehaffey of Arizona State; Ellie Slama of Oregon State; Andrea Lee of Stanford; Alyaa Abdulghany, Jennifer Chang and Allisen Corpuz of USC; Wenyung Keh of Washington. The first two rounds were played at the Champions Retreat. After the 36-hole cut, the top 32 players took on the fabled Augusta National for the final round. Moore was the top finisher among the Pac-12 golfers, posting even-par to tie for seventh.
ANNIKA AWARD: The ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel, is presented annually to the top female U.S. collegiate golfer; the winner voted on by players, coaches and members of the golf media. Named for and presented by former University of Arizona golfer Annika Sorenstam, the ANNIKA Award is comprised of two primary components: a silver pedestal, which will display a commemorative plaque listing each yearly winner; and a hand-crafted, glass presentation trophy presented to the winner, with a copy given to the player’s College or University. In the five years of the award, a Pac-12 golfer has been the recipient twice - UCLA’s Alison Lee (2014) and Bronte Law (2016). The Pac-12 was well represented on the March ANNIKA Award Watch List with five among the top 10 and seven among the top 20 - No. 1 Andrea Lee, STAN; No. 3 Patty Tavatanakit, UCLA; No. 4 Mariel Galdiano, UCLA; No. 5 Albane Valenzuela, STAN; Yu-Sang Hou, ARIZ; No. 12 Malia Nam, USC; No. 15 Gabriela Ruffels, USC.
PALMER CUP: Five Pac-12 golfers were tabbed to participate in the 2019 Palmer Cup. UCLA’s Mariel Galdanio and USC’s Jennifer Chang and Malia Nam represent the United States, while UCLA’s Patty Tavatanakit and Stanford’s Albane Valenzuela will represent the International team. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played July 7-9 at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark.
Golfweek Individual Rankings (as of Apr 8)
(No. 1 and Pac-12 top 50):
|1||Frida Kinhult, Florida State|
|2||Andrea Lee, STAN|
|4||Patty Tavatanakit, UCLA|
|6||Albane Valenzuela, STAN|
|7||Mariel Galdiano, UCLA|
|11||Malia Nam, USC|
|12||Jennifer Chang, USC|
|18||Yusang Hou, ARIZ|
|23||Bianca Pagdanganan, ARIZ|
|24||Olivia Mehaffey, ASU|
|37||Gabriela Ruffels, USC|
|39||Bethany Wu, UCLA|
|44||Aline Krauter, STAN|