No. 1 USC dominated the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championship with a 24-stroke victory at Valencia (Calif.) Country Club on Wednesday. The Trojans’ Annie Park became the Trojans' third consecutive freshman to win the conference individual title, as well.
USC shot 11-under 853 (280-291-282) to win the program's fifth conference title. The victory also is USC's school-record-tying fifth this season. Washington finished second at 13-over 877, while UCLA finished in third at 15-over 879. Arizona and Stanford tied for fourth at 18-over 882.
"It was a great team win," said USC head coach Andrea Gaston. "We wanted the girls to get off to a quick start today and that's exactly what they did. I'm very proud of all them. Annie played great today and finished strong. It's really neat to have three straight freshmen win the Pac-12 individual title."
Park followed in the footsteps of junior teammate Sophia Popov (2011) and sophomore teammate Doris Chen (2012) to win USC's sixth conference individual title. Paola Moreno (2008), Candie Kung (2000) and Jennifer Biehn (1994) were the Trojans’ other winners.
Park, No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, entered the ...
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THE BIG 5
Stories you need to know now...
1. Alabama: The SEC arguably is the toughest women’s golf conference on the East Coast, but the Tide rolled to a 14-shot victory over Georgia amid rainy and cold weather for its first SEC title since 2010. Conference play aside, this is Alabama’s fourth consecutive victory this spring and its fifth in six spring starts.
2. Duke: The numbers associated with Duke’s ACC Championship are impressive. Consider them: A 24-shot victory resulted in a second consecutive victory, an 18th ACC title in program history, and head coach Dan Brooks’ 113th career title with the Blue Devils. In his 29 years coaching, Brooks has guided a team to at least one victory in every season but one.
3. UC Davis: The Aggies won a fourth consecutive Big West title, cementing their power in the conference. It was the most dominant of the Aggies’ four straight championships, eclipsing a ...
Meadow led the Crimson Tide to the SEC Championship title on April 21 and became the first Alabama women’s golfer to win the league title. Meadow, a junior, finished 54 holes at Greystone Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala., with an even-par 216 total and won by nine. Cold and rainy weather plagued the championship, but Meadow’s play earned her a sixth career individual title.
Duke defended its ACC title with a 24-shot margin of victory. The Blue Devils won their 18th conference title in program history with a 54-hole total of 30-over 882. It was the first Duke victory of the season, and four Duke players finished inside the top 6.
Duke defended its ACC title on Sunday without even appearing to break a sweat. The Blue Devils won their 18th conference title in program history with a 24-shot margin of victory.
“It never looked easy to me today,” head coach Dan Brooks said. “The greens firmed up and they were a little bit tough to read. I thought we might be losing ground and we ended up getting a bigger lead. It was great.”
Duke finished 54 holes at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., at 30-over 882. The Blue Devils, the No. 4-ranked team in Golfweek’s rankings, also led after the first two rounds. The ACC Championship is Duke’s first victory this season, and the 113th of Brooks’ career. Brooks has now won at least one tournament title in 28 of his 29 seasons leading the Blue Devils.
North Carolina State, No. 22, was solo second at 54-over 906 and Virginia, No. 15, finished third, three shots behind that. Florida State was fourth.
Virginia’s Brittany Altomare won the individual title with her 4-over 217 total. Duke claimed three of the next seven spots. Laetitia Beck was solo second at 219, and Alejandra Cangrejo and Lindy ...
Oklahoma State won the Big 12 Championship on Sunday after placing four players inside the top 10 spots on the individual leaderboard.
The Cowgirls, No. 17 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished two shots ahead of second-round leader Baylor, No. 24. Oklahoma State finished the tournament with an 11-over 299 at The Harvester in Rhodes, Iowa. It was three better than Baylor’s final-round score. Oklahoma State finished 54 holes at 41-over 905.
It’s the first conference title for Oklahoma State since 2009, and the team’s eighth overall. The Cowgirls also won the Big 12 title when the conference championship was played at The Harvester in 2001.
Kelsey Vines, No. 3 in Golfweek’s rankings, was the low Cowgirl with her T-5 finish. Julie Yang and Jayde Panos tied for seventh, and Josephine Janson was T-10.
Baylor freshman Lauren Taylor won the individual title with a 3-under 213 total.
Iowa State finished five shots behind Baylor for solo third, and Oklahoma was fourth at 64-over 928.
Alabama won the SEC Championship for a fourth consecutive victory this spring and a fifth title this season. It’s only the second SEC Championship in program history – Alabama last won in 2010, but finished in the top 3 the past four years.
The Crimson Tide, ranked No. 2 by Golfweek, trailed LSU by one shot entering the second round, but led Mississippi State by 12 shots entering the final round. Cold, rainy conditions plagued the tournament, and Alabama finished 54 holes at Greystone Golf Club in Birmingham, Ala., with a 35-over 899. Georgia, No. 18, was the next closest team, and finished second with a 49-over 913 total.
Four Alabama players finished inside the top 20. Stephanie Meadow won the individual title with an even-par 216. Jennifer Kirby was T-11 and Hannah Collier, a member at Greystone, finished T-14. Emma Talley, the freshman who last week won the ASU/Ping Invitational title, finished T-19.
South Carolina, No. 38, was solo third at 54-over 918, and Vanderbilt, No. 9, was fourth, one shot behind the Gamecocks.
This season could very well go down as the Year of the Freshman. Looking back on the year, some of the best storylines were lived by first-year students. It means the Freshman of the Year race could be nearly as exciting as the one for Player of the Year. Here’s a look back at some of the best freshman feats of the last few months, and of the five players listed below, two have a legitimate shot at also becoming Player of the Year:
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Annie Park, USC
Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 1
It’s rare for a freshman to be the No. 1-ranked player in the country, and even more rare for a first-semester freshman. Park graduated high school in New Jersey a semester early to join a light USC roster, and she’s been a great addition for the Trojans. In four spring starts in full-field events, Park has won once, finished in the top 10 two more times and her worst finish was T-18. Park, a level-headed player, has adjusted very, very well.
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Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford
Golfweek/Sagarin College Ranking: 4
When Stackhouse shot 10-under 61 to win the Peg Barnard Invitational by a mile, it put ...
Kennesaw State coach Rhyll Brinsmead picks one player to walk 18 holes with during each tournament round. On Wednesday, she chose Ines Lescudier, a Frenchwoman who nearly told her coach to take a hike – respectfully, of course – when she stood 2 over through six holes.
But, they managed to stick it out in the final round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, and Lescudier put on a second-half show that her Aussie coach won't soon forget.
The sophomore from Marseille birdied seven consecutive holes on the back nine at Jekyll Island Golf Club to win the conference title. Lescudier is the first player from Kennesaw State to claim a 54-hole title.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Brinsmead said of Lescudier’s back-nine effort. Her 6-under 66, however, wasn’t enough to vault the Owls in front of East Tennessee State, which won by six.
In a game dominated by long-ball hitters, Lescudier through her incredible stretch gives hope to those who rely on hybrids and solid putting to get it around.
At 5 feet 4 inches, Lescudier carries three hybrids in her bag, and used one on two of her seven birdies. She hits it a mere ...
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THE BIG 5
Stories you need to know . . .
1. Alabama: With a season-low 11-under 277 in the final round of the Ping/ASU Invitational, Alabama ended the regular season with victory No. 4. It’s the third consecutive for the Crimson Tide, and the first on the West Coast. Next up: the SEC Championship.
2. Duke: Speaking of East Coast teams excelling on the West Coast, the Blue Devils made a serious run at the Ping/ASU title, too. Duke held the 36-hole lead, but couldn’t keep up with the final-round Alabama rally. Duke finished second, but a victory would have been the first for the team this season.
3. Long Beach State: This team edged Tulsa by a single shot on April 16 at the Fresno State Lexus Classic. It’s the second victory this year, after the 49ers won their own Gold Rush in February.
4. Coastal Carolina: The Chanticleers won their sixth Big South Conference ...
Conference play has begun, and we will be monitoring championships around the country here. Check back daily for news, results and photos as college postseason gets under way.
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Moss Creek (Devil's Elbow), Hilton Head, S.C., April 14-16: Chattanooga won its fourth consecutive Southern Conference title with a six-shot victory over Furman. The Mocs’ 31-over 895 total is the lowest team score from the five years the tournament has been played at Moss Creek’s Devil’s Elbow course, and the second-lowest in conference history. Chattanooga sophomore Agathe Sauzon won the individual title after a one-hole sudden-death playoff with College of Charleston’s Mary Chandler Bryan. Scores
Big South Conference
The Patriot Club at Big Harbor, Ninety Six, S.C., April 14-16: Coastal Carolina won its sixth Big South Championship on April 16, and the third under current head coach Katie Quinney. The Chanticleers this year shot a 54-hole conference record 16-over 880, and were led by senior Brittany Henderson, the individual medalist. Scores
Atlantic Sun Conference
Talley, a freshman, earned the first tournament victory of her career with a 9-under 207 total at the Ping/ASU Invitational. It was a 54-hole career best for Talley, who finished two shots ahead of UCLA's Erynne Lee and UC Davis' Demi Runas.
The Crimson Tide shot a season-low 11-under 277 on April 14 to win the Ping/ASU Invitational. Alabama began the final round four shots behind Duke, and ended up winning by nine shots with its 19-under 845 total at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. The Ping is Alabama's third consecutive victory this spring, and it's the fourth victory this season.
Alabama, No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, posted an impressive final-round score of 11-under 277 and finished with a tournament-record 19-under 845 total to win the Ping/ASU Invitational going away Sunday at Arizona State’s Karsten Course in Tempe, Ariz.
The field included 11 of the top 25 teams in the Golfweek rankings.
Fourth-ranked Duke finished second at 10-under 854 ahead of a quartet of Pac-12 teams. No. 6 Arizona and No. 14 Stanford tied for third (862), followed by top-ranked USC, which had won its past two events, and No. 15 Arizona State in a tie for fifth (863). Two other top-10 Pac-12 schools – No. 8 UCLA and No. 10 Washington – tied for eighth and 11th, respectively.
Alabama freshman Emma Talley shot 68-69-70 to finish at 9-under 207 and win the individual title by two shots over Erynne Lee of UCLA and Demi Runas of UC Davis. Two of Talley’s teammates, junior Stephanie Meadow (T-8) and senior Jennifer Kirby (T-10), joined her in the top 10.
Oklahoma State won the SMU Dallas Athletic Club Invitational with a five-shot win over Oklahoma. This is the team’s second win of the season, but first since closing out the fall season at the Landfall Tradition. The Cowgirls were led by freshman Julie Yang – who, in her fifth career start, won by seven shots. Oklahoma State is No. 17 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
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