Women’s spring preview: West Coast Conference

The Pepperdine women's golf team with the Golfweek Conference Challenge trophy. Front row, from left: Liv Cheng, head coach Laurie Gibbs, Somin Lee. Top row, from left, Grace Na, Marissa Chow, Alina Ching.

Women's Rankings »

RankNameSchoolRating
1SooBin KimWashington  68.13 
2Alison LeeUCLA  69.06 
3Leona MaguireDuke  69.52 
4Nanna MadsenS Carolina  69.75 
5Dana FinkelsteinUNLV  69.83 

Women's Team Rankings »

RankNameRatingEvents
1Washington 70.58 
2South Carolina 70.87 
3UCLA 71.23 
4Duke 71.35 
5Stanford 71.38 

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the West Coast Conference:

Check out all of the previews here.

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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Top of the class: Pepperdine

Player to watch: Marissa Chow, Pepperdine

Freshman to watch: Ciera Min, Gonzaga

Conference championship: April 14-16, TBD

Past champions (since 2009): Pepperdine (2009-13)

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CONFERENCE CAPSULES

(Golfweek/Sagarin rank in parentheses)

Pepperdine (No. 6): In terms of the conference, the story hasn’t changed much for Pepperdine. The Waves will be going for their 13th consecutive West Coast Conference title this spring, which is much less dramatic than their postseason chances beyond that. Pepperdine has a strong roster featuring three players inside the top 75. The team can contend with the best in the Pac-12 and SEC, the strongest women’s golf conferences. A regional title is not out of the question, nor is a top-five NCAA Championship finish.

Gonzaga (No. 56): This is the team with the best chance of challenging Pepperdine (even though an upset remains unlikely). The Bulldogs finished second in all four starts in the fall, but are perfectly capable of getting over that hump in the spring.

San Francisco (No. 81): Won the Hobble Creek Invitational to start the year, then ended the fall with a T-4 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Intercollegiate, which featured a strong field. Peg Barnard and Juli Inkster Invitationals are good events on the Dons’ spring roster.

Santa Clara (No. 120): It was a very respectable fall for the Broncos. Won the Boise State Bronco Invitational and the SCU Colby Invitational. The Avenue Spring Break Classic highlights Santa Clara’s spring lineup.

BYU (No. 141): A pair of top fives to start the season but lost steam as the fall progressed. With six starts leading up to the conference championship in the spring, BYU should be prepared.

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