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2006 Pac-10 Women's Golf First Round Results
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 24, 2006
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Sun Devils carry a four-stroke lead into Tuesday’s second round


TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona State women’s golf team carded a 287 (-1) Monday to claim the first round lead at the 20th annual Pac-10 Championships at Oro Valley Country Club.


“This was the way we wanted to start,” Arizona State head coach Melissa Luellen said.  “Our goal was to shoot even par or better, and we accomplished that.  I thought the girls stayed focused on their scores and their shots.  We need to continue that focus tomorrow.”


The Sun Devils were led by freshman Azahara Munoz, who shot a 70 (-2) and senior Alissa Kuczka, who tallied a 71 (-1).  The two are tied for first and third places, respectively. 


“The conditions were a lot better than yesterday (in the practice round),” Kuczka said.  “We all left shots but we know we can play better which is a good thing.”


Trailing ASU by four strokes is UCLA with a 291 (+3).  Leading the Bruins was freshman Tiffany Joh, who carded a 71 (-1) and is tied for third place.  Joh collected five birdies on the day, tied with Stanford’s Jenni Tangtiphaiboontana for the tournament lead. 


The USC Trojans sit in third place after a 293 (+5) team total.  Junior Veronica Felibert and senior Irene Cho each shot a one-over 71 and are tied for third place. 


“The course was not as difficult today,” said USC head coach Andrea Gaston.  “We need to bring our fourth and fifth scores down and see what happens in the next two days.”


California and Stanford rounded out the top five teams, shooting a 296 (+8) and 299 (+11), respectively.


Only one stroke separated Washington State and Arizona.  The Cougars were led by senior Ana Kostina who topped the leader board with a 70 (-2).  Washington State carded a 300 (+12) and sits in sixth place.


“It was a good round for me, I love the greens here, they are amazing to putt on and I putted well,” Kostina said.  “This is a nice course but it can be difficult, especially certain holes.” 


The host Wildcats, who shot a 301 (+11) and sit in seventh place, were led by freshman Adriana Zwanck.  The Madrid, Spain, native is tied for ninth place after shooting a 73 (+1).


“I think our freshmen have really matured, said Arizona head coach Greg Allen.  “They were a bit inconsistent and made some mistakes, but that is to be expected. We want to keep playing well and have a chance on Wednesday.  You only get this opportunity to host the Pac-10 Championships once every 10 years.”


Round two begins tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. PDT.  The Championships run through Wednesday at Oro Valley Country Club, a par 72, 6,495-yard layout.


Team Standings

1.      Arizona State                   287 (-1)

2.      UCLA                               291 (+3)

3.      USC                                293 (+5)

4.      California                          296 (+8)

5.      Stanford                           299 (+11)

6.      Washington State             300 (+12)

7.      Arizona                            301 (+13)

8.      Oregon State                    307 (+19)

9.      Washington                      308 (+20)

10.     Oregon                             314 (+26)





2006 Pacific-10 Conference

Women’s Golf Championships

Oro Valley Country Club

Tucson, Ariz.

April 24-26, 2006


First Round Quotes


Greg Allen, Head Coach, Arizona

“I think our freshmen have really matured.  They were a bit inconsistent and made some mistakes, but that is to be expected.  We are all about the present.  We want to keep playing well and have a chance on Wednesday.  We have a great opportunity here at Oro Valley Country Club.  You only get this opportunity (to host) once every 10 years.”


Adriana Zwanck, Freshman, Arizona

“I played good and bad today, but not very consistent.  I had great drives but messed up some easy ones, too.  I was trying to keep going until the end, and on 18 I was trying for birdie but hit a strong putt and was very disappointed.  I know tomorrow will be better.”


Amanda Wilson, Freshman, Arizona

“I played decent today.  I had a lot of birdie opportunities, but just missed them.  The conditions were perfect today, and I think if everyone shoots even or under tomorrow, we will be fine.  It’s nice to host a tournament.  We have an advantage because we’ve played this course a lot more than everyone else.”


Caroline O’Connor, Head Coach, Stanford

“The course is playing deceptively more difficult than we expected.  It’s a shot-makers course.  You have to have a plan and you have to stick to it.  They key is to position your drives and give yourself an opportunity to make putts.”


On the play of Mari Chun:  “She wasn’t hitting well on the front nine.  She put the ball in better position on the back nine and started to click.  That’s where she started to make some birdies.”


Mari Chun, Freshman, Stanford

“I started off ok.  I didn’t hit too many greens on the front nine.  Fortunately, I was able to turn it around on the back nine and make more putts.”


“The course is in great condition.  It got more challenging as the wind picked up slightly.  It really put the focus on making good drives.”


Rise Lakowske, Head Coach, Oregon State

“It was not a great round, but it was not as bad as it could have been.  This is a golf course that can play very difficult.  There were several holes that when you don’t know them very well, they can jump up and bite you, and those holes jumped up and bit us.  We have to come out tomorrow and approach those holes a bit differently.”


Leah Whiting, Senior, Oregon State

“My round went pretty well.  I hit the ball well.  I’ve been using a new driver since ASU and it’s working great.  I’m happy with the way I drove the ball.  The greens are in really good shape.  It’s just a matter of time in getting used to the speed.”


Andrea Gaston, Head Coach, USC

“Obviously in the practice round yesterday we faced severe winds. The conditions were much nicer today and the winds were fairly calm.  The course was not as difficult.  We need to bring our fourth and fifth scores down and see what happens in the next two days.”


Irene Cho, Sr., USC

“It was just another day out there.  I wish I was hitting the ball better.  A couple putts did not drop that I hit well, but I made a few lucky birdies so I guess it all evens out.  This is the Pac-10s, so I’m trying to do my best.”


Nancy McDaniel, Head Coach, California

“The round was pretty solid.  Our scores are solid and something to build on in the next two days.  We just needed another round under our belts on this course.  It takes some time to get used to the conditions of a desert course like this.”


Sofie Anderson, California

“We struggled in the beginning but had a solid finish.  I love the course, it is really nice and the weather couldn’t have been better.  I would love for the wind to pick up so that it would create some more competition, something to separate the players a little more.  We had a decent round, I know we can do better and I think we will improve over the next few rounds.”


Mary Lou Mulflur, Head Coach, Washington

“It was not a very good round.  The conditions were perfect and we need to be tougher mentally.”


Shannon Rouillard, Head Coach, Oregon

“It was a disappointing round for us.  Our No. 1 (Cathryn Bristow) is sick and has been since before we got here.  She was not herself today.  I was really proud of Erin (Andrews) and Victoria (Wenslow).  Our other three didn’t play real well.  We can’t have a great team score when everyone is not striking the ball well.”


Erin Andrews, Senior, Oregon

“It was a long day for me out there. I struggled with my driver. I did putt and chip pretty nicely, so I was able to get up-and-down well. I still was able to have a solid round.”


Carrie Forsyth, Head Coach, UCLA

“We had an interesting day.  We didn’t play our best but we were able to get some good scores.  One of our players was real sick but ended up shooting only two over, which may not have been good for her, but we were able to use her score which helped us.  The greens were a lot more receptive today.  We need to focus on ourselves because we know we can get some better scores.”


Jane Park, Freshman, UCLA

“I wasn’t feeling very good, but I knew I needed to go out and shoot a good round. I didn’t shoot my best, but I still hit some shots.”


Melissa Luellen, Head Coach, Arizona State

“This was the way we wanted to start. Our goal was to shoot even par or better, and we accomplished that. I thought the girls stayed focused on their scores and their shots. We need to continue that focus into tomorrow.”


Alissa Kuczka, Senior, Arizona State

“I think I played pretty well.  The conditions were a lot better than yesterday, it was not as windy.  After the practice round yesterday I expected the course to tough.  We all left shots, but we know we can play better which is a good thing.”


Kari Sampson, Assistant Coach, Washington State

“I thought we played fairly well. Anastasia (Kostina) had an exceptional round. She didn’t make many mistakes. Amy (Eneroth) is a freshman and has played smart all year. I thought she managed the course well today. Haley (Parsons) shot an 81, but she played really well until the last five holes or so, when she started concentrating more on her score. Jessica (Black) had an excellent round, shooting a 75. We are such a young team right now. We need to sharpen up for tomorrow and hopefully we can make a move into the Top 5, which would be excellent.”


Anastasia Kostina, Senior, Washington State

“It was a good round for me. I love the greens here. They are amazing to putt on, and I putted well, which made my round. This is a nice course. It can be difficult, especially certain holes. The weather was great today. There was no wind, which was nice.”