April 26, 2000
Eugene, Ore.--- Coming off the best performance of her career at last week's Peg Barnard California Collegiate, Washington State junior Jennifer Dodd (Portland, Ore.) fired a 73 on the final day of the Pac-10 Championship at the Eugene Country Club and finished 10th.
Dodd, who finished the three round event with an eight-over par 224, became the first women's player from Washington State to finish in the top-10 at the Pac-10 Championship. The conference tournament for women began in 1987.
Even with Dodd's performance, Washington State was unable to avoid a fourth straight last-place finish.
"We just haven't quite got over the hump yet," head coach Walt Williams said. "We got a lot of comments from other coaches around the league that we are going in the right direction but it's just unbelievable how tough this conference is."
Sophomore Tasha Browner (Tarzana, Calif.) played the final two days of the tournament with the news that her grandmother had passed away Monday. The California native put together rounds of 73 and 77 Tuesday and Wednesday and tied for 30th. Senior Jenny Ballou (Portland, Ore.) finished tied for 48th in what could be her final collegiate event. Her second round 76 helped her to a 22-over par 238.
Arizona combined for a 19-over par 883 and walked away from Eugene with their fourth consecutive conference championship. Stanford finished a distance second, 18 strokes behind the Wildcats.
USC's Candie Kung held off a late charge by Arizona's Jenna Daniels to capture the individual title. Daniels tournament-best, third round 68 brought her within one stroke of Kung, who finished with a two-over par 218.
Though the Cougars finished 10th in the team standings, there may be more good news besides the play of Dodd. WSU still may qualify for the NCAA West Regional for the first time in school history. The decision will be handed down by a selection commitee May 1.
"My goal when I came here was to make it to the (NCAA West) Regional within three years," Williams said. "We may make it in two. I think we are progressing but we still have a long way to go."
WSU RESULTS: 321-304-313---938 10) Jennifer Dodd 76-75-73---224 T30) Tasha Browner 82-73-77---232 T48) Jenny Ballou 81-76-81---238 T56) Shanelle Roberts 82-80-86---248 T56) Becky Greggain 81-85-82---248 59) Donna Bell 86-83-82---251
TOP FIVE PLAYERS: (1) Candie Kung, 218 (2) Jenna Daniels, Arizona, 219 (3) Cristina Baena, Arizona, 220 (4) Amanda Moltke-Leth, UCLA, 221, Jill Gomric, Arizona, 221
TEAM RESULTS: (1) Arizona, 883 (2) Stanford, 901 (3) UCLA, 903 (4) California, 904 (5) USC, 906 (6) Arizona State, 911 (7) Oregon, 912 (8) Washington, 918 (9) Oregon State, 928 (10) Washington State, 938