Six Pac-12 women’s golf teams off to NCAA Championships

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SAN FRANCISCO-- Six Pac-12 Conference women’s golf teams have advanced from regional play and will participate in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships May 17-22 in Fayetteville, Ark. (Blessings Golf Club). Representing the Pac-12 will be ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE, STANFORD, UCLA, USC and WASHINGTON. No conference has more teams in the NCAA Championships than the Pac-12.

ARIZONA – The Wildcats are the defending national champions and making their 31st NCAA Championships appearance. Arizona has finished among the top three in seven events this season, including three wins – Pac-12 Preview, UNLV Rebel, Hawkeye Invitational. Arizona is paced by sophomore Yu-Sang Hou (72.84) and senior Bianca Pagdanganan (72.88). Hou tied for first at the Pac-12 Preview and has posted four additional top-10 finishes. Pagdanganan collected a win at the El Tigre Invitational among her four top-5 finishes.

ARIZONA STATE - The 2017 NCAA Champions will be making their 35th Championships. The Sun Devils have claimed a record eight NCAA titles, including a string of six over a nine-year period from 1990-98. Junior Olivia Mehaffey has posted top finishes in back-to-back events as she tied for first at the Norman Regional and collected a playoff win at the Pac-12 Championships to earn medalist honors. She paces the Sun Devils with a 72.24 scoring average and six top-10 finishes.

STANFORD – The 2015 NCAA Champions are making their 34th NCAA Championships appearance. The Cardinal has posted two wins among its five top-three finishes this season, picking up victories at the Northrop Grumann Regional Challenge and Bruin Wave Invitational. Stanford is led by juniors Andrea Lee (71.86 avg) and Albane Valenzuela (72.22 avg). Lee has two wins this year and is tied with Mihairi McKay (1994-97) for the most career wins in program history with eight. Valenzuela has posted two wins and three top-three finishes this season.

UCLA – The Bruins are making their 31st NCAA Championships appearance. UCLA has six top-five finishes this season and are led by junior Mariel Galdiano (71.26) and sophomore Patty Tavatanakit (71.64). Galdiano has finished atop the leaderboard twice – Golfweek Conference Challenge and Stanford Intercollegiate, while Tavatanakit has done so three times – ANNIKA Intercollegiate, Dual Match vs Denver, NCAA East Lansing Regional. Coach Carrie Forsyth has led the Bruins to a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships 14 times in the last 19 years.

USC – The Pac-12 Champions are making their 32nd NCAA Championships appearance. The Trojans have now won a NCAA record 13 regional titles, including seven straight from 2010-16.  USC has won six times and never finished out of the top three in 12 events this season.  Sophomores Jennifer Chang and Gabriela Ruffels finished first and second, respectively, at the Rancho Santa Fe G.C. qualifier and secured a spot in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open. Chang (71.58) is one of four Trojans with a scoring average under 72.00 as she has recorded eight top-10 finishes, including wins at the Clover Cup and the NCAA Cle Elum Regional.

WASHINGTON – The 2016 NCAA Champions are making their 14th NCAA Championships appearance. The Huskies, who are ranked 18th nationally, have posted eight top five showings in 12 starts this year. The Dawgs also own two team titles in the fall and have finished in the top-5 in the previous five spring events. Senior Julianne Alvarez (73.42) Rino Sasaki (73.51) and Sarah Rhee (73.80) have each posted three top-10 finishes, with Sasaki coming off a tie for 2nd at the NCAA Cle Elum Regional.

INDIVIDUALS – OREGON senior Kathleen Scavo (73.61 avg) advanced to the NCAA Championships after posting 7-under to finish fourth at the Cle Elum Regional. Scavo, the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year, has posted three top-five finishes this season. OREGON STATE sophomore Ellie Slama (71.69) qualified for the NCAA Championships after advancing out of the Cle Elum Regional where she shot 3-under, including a school record-tying 66 in the third round, to finish tied for 11th She’s posted seven top-10 finishes this season, including a win at the Trinity Forest Invitational, and 18 of her 32 rounds have been under par.

Live scoring will available for all regionals at www.golfstat.com

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FORMAT: All 24 teams and 12 individuals advancing from regional play will complete 54-holes of stroke play. Upon completing 54 holes of competition, the top 15 teams and top 9 individuals, who are not on an advancing team, will advance for one additional day of stroke play to determine the top eight teams for match-play, as well as the 72-hole individual champion. The top eight teams will be placed into a bracket and participate in match-play competition. A total of five points will be available, with one point being awarded for each individual match. Winning teams will advance to the semifinals and subsequently, the finals. The first team to win three points within the team match will advance.

GOLFWEEK RANKINGS: USC tops the charts at No. 1 in the recent GolfWeek rankings, followed by No. 5 Stanford, No. 8 Arizona, No. 12 UCLA, No. 15 Arizona State, No. 18 Washington and No. 23 Oregon.

CONFERENCE OF CHAMPIONS: The Pac-12 Conference has claimed 19 NCAA team titles, including the last four, and produced 16 NCAA individual champions. Of the 19 team titles, Arizona State has captured an NCAA-best eight, Arizona, UCLA and USC with three each, followed by Stanford and Washington with one apiece. 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 (1017) and Arizona (2018).

ANNIKA AWARD WATCH LIST: The ANNIKA Award Watch List has been narrowed to 10 and the Pac-12 is well represented with six individuals – Arizona State’s Olivia Mehaffey; Stanford’s Andrea Lee and Albane Valenzuela; UCLA’s Mariel Galdiano and Patty Tavatanakit; and USC’s Jennifer Chang. Previous winners of the prestigious award from the Pac-12 include UCLA’s Alison Lee (2014) and Bronte Law (2016).

PALMER CUP: USC’s Jennifer Chang and Malia Nam join UCLA’s, Mariel Galdiano on Team USA, while Stanford’s Albane Valenzuela will represent the international squad in the Palmer Cup (July 6-8, Evian Resort Golf Club). Also joining the United States team as assistant coach is Stanford’s Lauren Dobashi.

FUTURE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: Arizona State will host the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Golf Championships the next three years (2020-22) at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

2019 Pac-12 Championship Results
April 23-25, Palos Verdes Golf Club – Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Final Team Results (Par 71, 6,131 yards)
Conditions: Sunny, 70 degrees
   1.   USC......................................... 283-286-282 – 851 (-1)
   2.   Arizona..................................... 290-292-280 – 862 (+10)
   3.   Arizona State............................ 293-293-281 – 867 (+15)
   4.   Stanford................................... 289-287-292 – 968 (+16)
   5.   Washington.............................. 302-292-283 – 877 (+25)
   6.   UCLA....................................... 293-293-294 – 880 (+28)
   7.   Oregon..................................... 292-307-298 – 897 (+45)
   8.   Washington State...................... 298-297-308 – 903 (+51)
   9.   California.................................. 311-298-296 – 905 (+53)
10.   Oregon State............................ 314-302-301 – 917 (+65)
11.   Colorado................................... 309-311-303 – 923 (+71)

Final Individual Results (Par 71, 6,131 yards)
T1.   Olivia Mehaffey, ASU................. 69-70-70 – 209 (-4)*
T1.   Albane Valenzuela, STAN.......... 65-70-74 – 209 (-4)
   3.   Gabriela Ruffels, USC................ 70-72-68 – 210 (-3)
   4.   Ya Chun Chang, ARIZ............... 72-70-69 – 211 (-2)
   5.   Allisen Corpuz, USC................... 73-69-71 – 213 (E)
   6.   Jennifer Chang, USC................. 71-71-72 – 214 (+1)
   7.   Alyaa Abdulghany, USC............. 70-74-71 – 215 (+2)
T8.   Andrea Lee, STAN.................... 74-71-72 – 217 (+4)
T8.   Haley Moore, ARIZ.................... 72-73-72 – 217 (+4)
T8.   Ellie Slama, OSU....................... 72-70-75 – 217 (+4)
T8.   Yu-Sang Hou, ARIZ.................. 73-74-70 – 217 (+4)
T8.   Julianne Alvarez, WASH............. 72-75-70 – 217 (+4)
*Mehaffey defeated Valenzuela on the first playoff hole (No. 18)     

Pac-12 All-Conference
Jennifer Chang, So............................. USC................. Cary, N.C.
Mariel Galdiano, Jr.............................. UCLA............... Pearl City, Hawai’i
Amelia Garvey, So............................... USC................. Christchurch, New Zealand
Yu-Sang Hou, So............................... Arizona............. Taipei, Taiwan
Andrea Lee, Jr................................... Stanford........... Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Olivia Mehaffey, Jr.............................. Arizona State.... Belfast, Ireland
Malia Nam, Fr.................................... USC ................ Kailua, Hawai’i
Bianca Pagdanganan, Sr.................... Arizona............. Quezon City, Philippines
Gabriela Ruffels, So............................ USC................. Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
Ellie Slama, So................................... Oregon State.... Salem, Oregon
Patty Tavatanakit, So.......................... UCLA............... Bangkok, Thailand
Albane Valenzuela, Jr......................... Stanford........... Geneva, Switzerland
 

Pac-12 Honorable Mention
Alyaa Aboulghany, So......................... USC................. Newport Beach, Calif.
Allisen Corpuz, Jr................................ USC................. Honolulu, Hawai’i
Wenyung Keh, Sr............................... Washington...... Auckland, New Zealand
Aline Krauter, Fr................................. Stanford........... Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Haley Moore, Sr.................................. Arizona............. Escondido, Calif.
Cindy Oh, Sr...................................... California.......... Gardena, Calif.
Petra Salko, Sr................................... Oregon............. Turku, Finland
Katherine Zhu, Fr.............................. California.......... San Jose, Calif
 

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