Jennifer Rosales Wins Individual Title At TRW Regional|
February 10, 1999
LOS ANGELES - Defending NCAA champion Jennifer Rosales, a sophomore on the USC women's golf team, won the individual title at the TRW Regional Challenge today at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Rosales shot a 3-over-par 74 in today's final round to finish with a three-round total of 216, one stroke better than Stacy Prammanasudh of Tulsa (217).
No. 5-ranked Georgia took the team title (901), 15 strokes ahead of No. 11 Arizona State (916). No. 3 USC and No. 2 Arizona tied for third (917). The TRW Regional Challenge, hosted by Ohio State and SMU, featured an outstanding 18-team field, which included eight of the Top 10 teams in the country (and 13 of the Top 18).
Rosales, who opened with rounds of 72 and 70 in the first two days of the tournament, now has taken medalist honors in her past two collegiate outings (she won the individual championship at the Golf World Invitational in Hilton Head, S.C., on Nov. 8).
Although Georgia ran away with the team title, individual honors came down to the last hole. Rosales, who began the day two strokes behind Prammanasudh, was 3-over as she prepared to finish up on No. 18 and knew that there was little or no margin for error. After putting her approach into the trap to the left of the green, Rosales nearly chipped in from the sand, hitting the pin after a bounce. She then tapped in to save par and win by a stroke.
Also playing well for the Women of Troy was freshman Leila Chartrand, who finished third (71, 72, 77 - 220).
"This was just such a great kickoff to the spring season for us," USC associate head coach Andrea Gaston said. "This team has responded extremely well and is just going to get better. "Jennifer (Rosales) is really playing well right now. She has such passion for the game and puts her whole heart into it. And I'm really excited for Leila (Chartrand). She's already having a great freshman year and this is only the beginning."
For Rosales, today's victory comes in the middle of an extremely busy week. She will be playing in her first LPGA event at this week's Valley of the Stars Championship on Feb. 12-14, at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, Calif.
Rosales, who was granted a sponsor's exemption to play in the Valley of the Stars Championship (formerly the Los Angeles Women's Championship), joins a field which includes two-time U.S. Open champion Annika Sorenstam, Korean sensation Se Ri Pak, Hall of Famers Nancy Lopez and Pat Bradley, and defending champion Dale Eggeling.
One of the premier amateur golfers in the world, Rosales enrolled at USC prior to the 1998 spring semester. She made Women of Troy history in only her sixth collegiate event, winning the individual crown at the 1998 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships.