April 17, 2010
The top-ranked UCLA women's golf team will begin the 24th Pac-10 Championships as the No.1 seed following victories in its last two appearances.
The 2010 Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship will be played at the Eugene Country Club and hosted by the University of Oregon, Apr. 19-21. The course will play to a par of 72 over 6,194 yards.
"The competition in the Pac 10 is very tough, with ASU and USC most likely to contend with us for the title," said UCLA Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "It's going to be a battle for the (conference championship) but one we feel well-prepared for."
UCLA has won five Pac-10 titles in women's golf, including three straight from 2004-06. Three UCLA players have won individual medalist honors, the most recent was Tiffany Joh in 2008.
Arizona State is the defending champion and USC won the conference crown in 2008. In fact, the Bruins, Trojans and Sun Devils are the only teams to win the league championship in the last six years.
Sophomore All-American Stephanie Kono will highlight the UCLA lineup in Oregon. Last week she sank a 50-foot putt on the 54th hole to give the Bruins a one-shot victory over the Sun Devils on their home course in Tempe, AZ. Kono's putt also topped a round of 66 (-6) that earned her the individual title -- the third of her career and the first of the season.
On Mon., Apr. 12, Kono and UCLA freshman Tiffany Lua were named to the 2010 Curtis Cup Team. Later that day, Kono was named the national player of the week by GolfWeek.
"It was an incredible feeling to be named to the Curtis Cup Team," said Kono. "I've always dreamed of being on the team. I really wanted to get picked."