Women's Golf
    Women of Troy Prepare for NCAA Golf Championships

    May 14, 1998

    LOS ANGELES, Calif.- Next up for the USC women's golf team is the 1998 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, which will be held on May 20-23 at the University Ridge Golf Course (par 72 _ 6,033 yards) in Madison, Wis. The 72-hole tournament features the nation's top 19 teams and four nationally-ranked individuals, who did not qualify with their teams. Each team will play with five golfers. The top four scores from each day of competition will count towards the team total. Nine of the participating teams are ranked in the Top 10 of the MasterCard team rankings, including No. 9 USC. Thirty-nine of the individuals participating are ranked in the Top 50 of the MasterCard individual rankings, including Women of Troy freshmen Nicole Dalkas (No. 28) and Jennifer Rosales (No. 50). Tee times will begin at 8 a.m. each morning (from the first and 10th tees) for all four rounds of play. USC's No. 5 player will open the first round from the 10th tee at 8:50 a.m. on May 20 (along with players from Ohio State and Florida). The rest of the Women of Troy squad will continue to tee off at 10 minute intervals until USC's No. 1 player tees off at 9:30 a.m. Practice rounds are scheduled for May 18 and 19. The Women of Troy will begin their practice round on May 18 at 8:10 a.m. off the 10th tee. USC advanced to the NCAA Championships after finishing in a tie for fifth place at the NCAA West Regional at the Stanford Golf Course (May 7-9). Troy's five-woman lineup for the NCAA West Regional will be Dalkas, Rosales, Johanna Josefsson (No. 56), Ida Danielsson (No. 76) and Danielle La Voie.

    ON THE AIR ESPN2 will provide live coverage of the second and third rounds of the NCAA Championships _ Thursday, May 21, from 3-5 p.m. (Eastern time), and Friday, May 22, from 1-3 p.m. (Eastern time). Final-round coverage will air on Saturday, May 23, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Eastern time) on ESPN2.

    GASTON TO COACH ALL-STARS USC women's golf associate head coach Andrea Gaston was selected to coach in the "East-West Match," which will be played on May 19 (the second day of practice rounds). Gaston, along with Rise Lakowske of Oregon State, will coach the West squad, which consists of 10 players, including USC freshman Nicole Dalkas. The West team will challenge 10 players representing the East in a two-person best-ball contest.

    At the NCAA West Regional Championships (May 7-9), the Women of Troy (899) finished in tie for fifth (with Texas) behind Arizona (871), Arizona State (886), Stanford (895) and Tulsa (895). Three of USC's golfers finished within the Top 50, led by freshman Nicole Dalkas (219, seventh). At the Pacific-10 Conference Championships (April 20-22), the Women of Troy (899) finished third behind powerhouses Arizona (865) and Arizona State (881). All five of USC's golfers finished within the Top 25, led by freshman Jennifer Rosales (222, seventh).

    The Women of Troy have been in 10 previous NCAA Women's Golf Championships and have finished in the Top 5 four times (1994 second, 1993 fifth, 1987 fourth and 1986 third). USC also competed in 1995 (14th), 1992 (15th), 1990 (12th), 1989 (9th), 1988 (16th) and 1982 (9th).

    The Women of Troy have recorded six Top 5 finishes in 10 tournaments this season, including the team championship at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate (April 12) at the Stanford Golf Course. In that tournament, the Women of Troy beat the rest of the field by 11 strokes. USC was led by Danielle La Voie and 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 Ida Danielsson and Nicole Dalkas each firing 152 to tie for seventh. USC also recently had a third-place showing at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships (April 22). USC has finished outside of the top eight schools only once this season. Individually, the Women of Troy have one individual crown this season with Johanna Josefsson, a junior from Munkedal, Sweden, winning the individual title at the Pioneer Electronic Bruin Classic on Feb. 25.

    The USC women's golf roster features two outstanding freshmen - Nicole Dalkas and Jennifer Rosales. Dalkas has had five 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 Philippines, 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.