Women's Golf
    Women's Golf to Host Pac-10 Conference Championships

    April 15, 1998

    USC hosts the 1998 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championships on April 20-22, at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. Arizona returns to defend its 1997 Pac-10 crown led by junior Marisa Baena, who finished second last season at both the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships (in 1996 she won both titles). Prior to Arizona's victory last season, Arizona State had won the previous four Pac-10 team titles. The last time USC hosted the Pac-10s was in 1989 (at Annandale Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif.), when the Women of Troy won their first and only Pac-10 crown by 14 strokes over Arizona State.

    In its last tournament prior to the 1998 Pacific-10 Conference Championships (April 20-22), the USC women's golf team won its first tournament of the year at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate on April 11-12, at the Stanford Golf Course. The Women of Troy beat the rest of the field _ which included seven other Pac-10 schools _ by 11 strokes. USC was led by senior Danielle LaVoie and freshman Jennifer Rosales, who each shot a two-round total of 148 to finish tied for second place, one stroke back of individual champion Anika Heuser of Oregon. Two other Women of Troy finished in the Top 10, with senior Ida Danielsson and freshman Nicole Dalkas each firing 152 to tie for seventh.

    The Women of Troy have recorded four Top 5 finishes in eight tournaments this season, including the championship at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate on April 12, and have finished outside of the top eight schools only once. Individually, the Women of Troy have also been hot as of late with Johanna Josefsson, a junior from Munkedal, Sweden, winning the individual title at the Pioneer Electronic Bruin Classic on Feb. 25. And then, senior Danielle LaVoie and freshman Jennifer Rosales tied for second at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate on April 12.

    The USC women's golf roster contains three seniors (Ida Danielsson, Danielle LaVoie and Jill Mann), but of the Women of Troy's top five players, two are freshmen (Nicole Dalkas and Jennifer Rosales) and one is a sophomore (Linda Ishii). Dalkas has had four Top 10 finishes this season and played in the LPGA's 1998 Los Angeles Women's Championship at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, Calif. Rosales, the 1996 Junior World Champion from the Phillipines, is the newest Trojan. She enrolled at USC in January and has already made a dramatic impact. Jennifer recently won the 1997 Optimist Junior World title in West Palm Beach, Fla., adding to a long list of championships she has collected mainly in amateur tournaments in the Far East. Ishii led the Women of Troy in stroke average last season (78.2) as a true freshman.

    Tijeras Creek Golf Club, the site of the 1998 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships on April 20-22, offers the ultimate golf experience. The back nine holes are legendary for the old growth sycamores, oaks and native chaparral. In 1997, hole number 16 was voted one of Orange County's Best 18 Holes by members of the Southern California PGA. Designed by Ted Robinson, the course is open to the public.