April 25, 2001
TEMPE, Ariz. --- The Arizona Wildcats won their second-straight Pac-10 women's golf championship on the home turf of their arch-rival, the Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State University.
The Wildcats broke out of a tie with the Sun Devils on Wednesday by firing a 287 to win their fourth title in five years. Stanford finished three strokes back in second, while host Arizona State placed third.
Washington State was unable to gain any ground on the field in the final round, as they shot a 316 and finished with a three-day total of 966.
"We are certainly disappointed about our finish," head coach Walt Williams said. "I knew we had a young, inexperienced group coming into the tournament and that we would have to play very well to compete. Unfortunately, we just didn't put up the kind of scores that we would have liked to."
Arizona's Lorena Ochoa bested teammate Natalie Gulbis in a sudden-death playoff to capture the individual medal. Ochoa and Gulbis fired three-under par 213's, while Washington's Kelli Kamimura was two strokes back and placed third.
The Cougars highest finisher was junior Tasha Browner, who responded nicely from a first round 84 by shooting a 78 and 77 over the final two days. Browner tied for 51st. Sophomore Shanelle Roberts placed 54th, Emily De'Ath 55th, Jennifer Dodd 57th, and Natalie Bratkowski 59th.
The Pac-10 Championship will be the final event of the season for Washington State. For senior Jennifer Dodd, the event marks the end of her collegiate career. Dodd is the only WSU women's golfer to be named to the All-Pac-10 team and led the team in scoring average in 1999 and 2000.
"Jennifer is as good as any player that has ever come through this program," Williams said. "I wish we could have sent her out on a better note, but unfortunately, that's the way it works. This is a great conference full of great players."
WSU RESULTS: 334-316-316---966 T51) Tasha Browner 84-78-77---239 54) Shanelle Roberts 81-80-79---240 55) Emily De'Ath 83-80-78---241 57) Jennifer Dodd 86-78-82---246 59) Natalie Bratkowski 90-84-86---260
TEAM RESULTS: 1. Arizona (873) 2. Stanford (876) 3. Arizona State (883) 4. USC (886) 5. Washington (890) 6. California (891) 7. UCLA (905) 8. Oregon State (912) 9. Oregon (914) 10. Washington State (966)
TOP FIVE INDIVIDUALS: 1. Lorena Ochoa, Arizona (213) + 2. Natalie Gulbis, Arizona (213) 3. Kelli Kamimura, Washington (215) 4. Vikki Laing, California (216) T5. Stephanie Keever, Stanford (218) T5. Jimin Kang, Arizona State (218) T5. Kim Kouwabunpat, Stanford (218)
+ Playoff winner