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2006 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships Final Round Results
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 04/27/2006
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UCLA Earns Third Consecutive Pac-10 Championship

            Washington’s Paige Mackenzie claims individual medalist honors

 

TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The UCLA Bruins claimed the 20th annual Pac-10 Women’s Golf Championship Wednesday at Oro Valley Country Club, posting an 879 (+15) total and holding off Arizona State by one-stroke.

 

“I’m still a little overwhelmed,” said UCLA head coach Carrie Forsyth.  “We lost one of our top players (Hannah Jun) before the season in an accident, and she couldn’t participate with us this season.  I want to dedicate this championship to Hannah.  I want to thank this team for putting all their heart into this season.  I am so proud of them.”

 

It was the third time in tournament history that the team title was decided by a single stroke.  The last time that a Pac-10 Women’s Golf Championship was won by one stroke was 1996 when Arizona State edged UCLA, 875-876, which was the last time the event was held in Tucson. 

 

The Bruins, who took the lead in round two, were able to hang on to win its third consecutive Pac-10 Championship, despite shooting a tournament high 301 (+13) in round three. 

 

Leading the way for the Bruins was Pac-10 Freshman-of-the-Year Tiffany Joh, who tied with California senior Sophia Sheridan for third place, shooting an even-par 216.

 

“It was a rough day for me honestly,” Joh said.  The wind was blowing on the last few holes, the greens firmed up and the pins were tough.  I just had to grind out there.  Some shots felt good, but they would land in a bad place, and some bad shots ended up in good places.”

 

Despite a sixth-place finish by Washington, senior Paige Mackenzie claimed individual medalist honors, carding a five-under 211, which included a three-under 69 in the final round.

 

“It feels good.  I struggled early on this season.  I think my hard work paid off,” said Mackenzie.  “I played as well in this tournament as I had in any other tournament.  I had only won one other event, so this is the pinnacle for me.  It feels really good.”

 

Arizona State carded a 294 (+6), five strokes better than in round two, and finished with a tournament total of 880 (+16).  The Sun Devils were the only team in the field to post a sub- 300 score in each round, Head coach Melissa Luellen was named as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year after the tournament.

 

“I would have rather won the Pac-10 trophy,” Luellen said.  “It’s a wonderful honor, though, to be recognized by your peers.  I very much appreciate the recognition we got for all the hard work we put in.”

 

Alissa Kuczka led the Sun Devils today, matching her first round score of 71 (-1) and finishing second with a one-under 215.

 

“I was playing really well today,” said Kuczka.  “I had no idea how the team was doing.  I know a couple of my teammates were really cheering me on.  It hurts to lose by one shot, but things happen like that.”

 

Senior Irene Cho led USC to its second consecutive third-place Pac-10 Championship finish, posting an 891 (+27).  Cho, who was named first-team all-Pac-10 and the Pac-10 Player of the Year, carded a 72 (E) in the third round and finished in fifth place.

 

“I was just getting used to the yardage of these holes and the round ended right when I was starting to hit some shots,” Cho said.  “This is my last Pac-10’s ever, so it’s kind of sad.  But I’m happy with how I played.”

 

Despite posting its highest score of the tournament in the final round, California finished in fourth place with a score of 896 (+32). 

 

Host Arizona shot a 298 (+10) in the final round, joining Oregon as the only teams to post its best score in the final round.  Arizona finished in fifth place, gaining two spots on the leader board in the final round. 

 

“We didn’t win the championship but I do feel like we had some victory,” said Arizona head coach Greg Allen.  “Our goal heading into today was to finish fifth, which we did.”

 

Next up for most of the Pac-10 teams will be the NCAA Regional, which will be held at three sites on May 11-13. 

 

The Pac-10 Championships were contested at Oro Valley Country Club, a par 72, 6,495-yard layout.

 

Team Leader Board

1.  UCLA                          291-287-301=879 (+15)

2.  Arizona State               287-299-294=880 (+16)

3.  USC                            293-302-296=891 (+27)

4.  California                     296-298-302=896 (+32)

5.  Arizona                       301-308-298=907 (+43)

6.  Washington                 308-300-302=910 (+46)

7.  Stanford                      299-311-302=912 (+48)

8.  Oregon State               307-298-315=920 (+56)

9.  Washington State        300-315-313=928 (+64)

10.  Oregon                      314-319-312=945 (+81)

 

Top-Five Individuals

1.  Paige Mackenzie, Washington        71-71-69=211 (-5)

2.  Alissa Kuczka, Arizona State          71-73-71=215 (-1)

3.  Tiffany Joh, UCLA                           71-72-73=216 (E)

    Sophia Sheridan, California              73-72-71=216 (E)

5.  Irene Cho, USC                              71-76-72=219 (+3)

 

 

2006 Pacific-10 Conference Postseason Honors

 

Golfer of the Year:  Irene Cho, USC

Freshman of the Year:  Tiffany Joh, UCLA

Coach of the Year:  Melissa Luellen, Arizona State

 

All-Conference

First Team

Name                                 School                   Yr.       

Azahara Munoz                   Arizona State          Freshman

Jennifer Osborn                    Arizona State          Freshman

Jane Park                            UCLA                      Freshman

Tiffany Joh                           UCLA                      Freshman

Irene Cho                            USC                       Senior

Paige Mackenzie                 Washington             Senior

 

Second Team

Name                                 School                   Yr.

Tiffany Tavee                        Arizona State          Junior

Alissa Kuczka                     Arizona State          Senior

Sofie Anderson                    California                 Senior

Sophia Sheridan                  California                 Senior  

Amie Cochran                      UCLA                      Sophomore

Anastasia Kostina                Washington State    Senior

 

Honorable Mention (Received votes):  Cathryn Bristow, Oregon; Amy Eneroth, Washington State; Lauren Espinosa, Arizona; Kelly Husted, Stanford; Catalina Marin, USC; Susie Mathews, UCLA; Paola Moreno, USC; Dewi-Claire Schreefel, USC; Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana, Stanford; Amanda Wilson, Arizona; Adriana Zwanck, Arizona.

2006 Pacific-10 Conference

Women’s Golf Championships

Oro Valley Country Club

Tucson, Ariz.

April 24-26, 2006

 

Final Round Quotes

 

Tiffany Joh, Freshman, UCLA

“It was a rough day for me honestly. The wind was blowing on the last few holes, the greens firmed up and the pins were tough. I just had to grind out there. It’s tough to tell sometimes how well you’re hitting the ball with the wind. Some shots felt good, but they would land in a bad place, and some bad shots ended up in good places. I thought I played pretty well.”

 

Carrie Forsyth, Head Coach, UCLA

“I’m still a little overwhelmed (with how the round finished). I first want to congratulate ASU. The are a great team. They were a pleasure to play with, as they always are. It was so close that I’m still shocked we won.”

 

“I want to thank all of the members of Oro Valley Country Club for letting us take over (their) course for four days. The course is in beautiful condition. It was a true test. We thought on Sunday (in the practice round) that there could be some low scores, but the scores were higher than we expected, which shows you the challenge this course presents.”

 

“I also want to thank the University of Arizona and the Pac-10 for putting on such a great event. We had a lot of fun here and enjoyed every bit of it.”

 

“Lastly, I want to congratulate my team. We lost one of our top players (Hannah Jun) before the season in an accident, and she couldn’t participate with us this season. I want to dedicate this championship to Hannah. I want to thank this team for putting all their heart into this season. I am so proud of them.”

 

Alissa Kuczka, Senior, Arizona State

“I was playing really well today. I made a lot of putts this week. I wanted to keep that streak going. I made a lot of birdies. I had no idea how the team was doing. I know a couple of my teammates were really cheering me on. It hurts to lose by one shot, but things happen like that.”

 

Melissa Luellen, Head Coach, Arizona State

“The fact that we got back to even par in the middle of the round and, I believe, took the lead for a short period of time pleased me. Our main focus of every round is the finish the last five holes at even par. We didn’t do that today, obviously. We faltered down the stretch. We lost by one to UCLA at home, and we lost by one this week. This hurts, but we know what we’re capable of.”

 

On being voted Pac-10 Coach of the Year

“I would have rather won the Pac-10 trophy. It’s a wonderful honor, though, to be recognized by your peers. I very much appreciate the recognition we got for all the hard work we put in. I want to thank my peers for recognizing what we have accomplished.”

 

Paige Mackenzie, Senior, Washington

On winning the individual title:

“It feels good. I struggled early on this season. I think my hard work paid off. This is right there at the top (in terms of  individual accomplishments). I played as well in this tournament as I had in any other tournament. I had only won one other event, so this is the pinnacle for me. It feels really good.”

 

“As the tournament went on, the conditions got more and more difficult. It was been windier the last two days, and the course has really firmed out. I hit the ball real solid today. I hit more putts today, which was nice. It felt good. The course reminds me a lot of a course in my hometown of Yakima, Washington. I think that helped me. I was able to adjust to this course visually. I felt good out there.”

 

Mary Lou Mulfur, Head Coach, Washington

“It was a disappointing tournament for us as a team. It was frustrating to see Paige play so well, but not play as well as a team. I thought Amber (Prange) had a solid round today, too.”

 

“She (Paige) was very solid today. I think she had four birdies and drove the ball well. She got into a little bit of trouble on a couple holes, but she didn’t let it affect her.”

 

Leah Whiting, Senior, Oregon State

“I was a little disappointed with how I hit the ball compared to yesterday. The conditions were tougher, but I didn’t play as well.”

 

Rise Lakowske, Head Coach, Oregon State

“It was a disappointing finish for us. We had the one good round yesterday, but couldn’t build on that today. We were in a position we had never been in before today. The girls didn’t attack the course today. This is a course that will reward good shots and punish bad shots. I think this experience will help them in the future.”

 

Ana Kostina, Senior, Washington State

“I played good today. I had two bad holes. I made a few mistakes and missed some putts. It was a little up and down for me. I could have done better.”

 

Kari Sampson, Assistant Coach, Washington State

“I thought Amy (Eneroth) and Ana (Kostina) played excellent. The rest of the team struggled a bit. We couldn’t get anything going. The wind was variable and swirling. We took a lot of unsure shots. Uncommitted shots equal uncommitted scores. We would have liked to play better.”

 

Allison Goodman, Freshman, California

“I played really well today. I played consistent throughout the round. I was just focusing on making my pars. I had three birdies. I was going for the pins and if I didn’t make the putt, I knew I had my par.”

 

Nancy McDaniel, Head Coach, California

“We had our ups and downs. We had two players under par (Allison Goodman and Sophia Sheridan). We couldn’t get the third and fourth scores down. It was a good tournament for us. We really enjoyed ourselves down here. The weather was great and the course was perfect. We came in fourth (in the Pac-10) and came out fourth. We’re pretty pleased.”

 

Caroline O’Connor, Head Coach, Stanford

“It was a better day for us today. The scores weren’t quite as good as we would have liked given the wind conditions. I thought our team was resilient today though, fighting back after yesterday’s round. It was a much better day for us today.”

 

Mari Chun, Freshman, Stanford

“I struggled a lot today. I didn’t feel like I played well. I didn’t convert some of my putts into birdies. I didn’t finish strong. I know my game is there for me to shoot under par. I’m a little frustrated because I know I can do better.”

 

Greg Allen, Head Coach, Arizona

“We didn’t win the championship but I do feel like we had some victory.  Our goal heading into today was to finish fifth, which we did.  We played well today, didn’t finish the round as strongly as we wanted to but we feel much better about our chances.  Today was a better team effort.”

 

Adriana Zwanck, Freshman, Arizona

“I didn’t play bad today, my putting was horrible.  I had a lot of birdie chances but missed the putts.  I hit the green in two shots on a par five but it took me three putts to finish.  As a team, we worked on some things and are ready for regionals.”

 

Irene Cho, Senior, USC

“I had an okay round. I was able to get up-and-down a few times to save a lot of pars. I was just getting used to the yardage of these holes, and the round ended right when I was starting to hit some shots. It was a good round, though. This is my last Pac-10s ever, so it’s kind of sad. But I’m happy with how I played.”

 

Andrea Gaston, Head Coach, USC

“It was definitely a good effort from our girls today.  We got off to a great start but couldn’t pull it out in the end.  We didn’t anticipate that first place was in our sight and had a few putts on the back nine gone in I think we could have made things a little more exciting.”

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