Trojans Finish Third at Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships
April 22, 1998
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. -- The Arizona women's golf team successfully defended its Pac-10 Championship today and UA sophomore Jenna Daniels won the individual title at the 1998 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championships at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club (Par-72, 6120 yards). Arizona shot a 2-over-par 290 this afternoon to bring its 54-hole team total to 1-over-par 865, a score that was the second lowest in tournament history. Arizona easily outdistanced second place Arizona State by 16 strokes and third place USC by 34 strokes, as the Wildcats won the third Pac-10 title in the program's history (1998, 1997, and 1992). ASU had a second place total of 17-over-par 881 and USC finished third at 35-over-par 899.
Just as the Wildcats did, Daniels led wire-to-wire and finished with a 54-hole total of 1-under-par 215. After heading into the final round with a 7-under-par 137, she shot a 78 today and had to hold off a pair of teammates -- junior Krissie Register and senior Heather Graff -- for the win. Register and Graff both finished in a tie for second at 2-over-par 218. Register fired a 71 this afternoon, while Graff ended with a 74.
Daniels becomes the third UA woman to win the Pac-10 title, joining junior teammate Marisa Baena, who won it in 1996 and current LPGA star Annika Sorenstam, who placed first in 1992. In addition, today's medalist honors by Daniels marks the first tournament win of any kind for her at the UA and the seventh Top-10 finish on the season.
"In the first two rounds, I didn't make any mental errors and my putts were dropping, but I wasn't really concerned about the individual honors," Daniels said. "I was concentrating on the team and everybody played so well for the entire tournament."
Marisa Baena bounced back from yesterday's 79 and shot a 3-under-par 69 today to finish in a four- way tie for seventh at 6-over-par 222 (74-79-69), while the other UA golfer, sophomore Jill Gomric shot a 76 today and finished in a tie for 11th at 7-over-par 223 (73-74-76).
"It was a total team effort," UA director of golf Rick LaRose said. "All five women played great in all three rounds. I couldn't be happier with the way they played under some difficult circumstances."
The Pac-10 also announced its All-Conference team today, a squad that consists of Daniels, Baena and Register, as well as ASU's Kellee Booth and Grace Park and Stanford's Hilary Homeyer.