CORVALLIS, Ore. – Coming off one of its best tournaments of the season, the Oregon State women’s golf team gets the advantage of playing on its home course when the Beavers host the 2014 Pac-12 Championship this Friday through Sunday at Trysting Tree Golf Club. Admission is free to the public.
The best action from all three days of the Pac-12 Championship will be packed into one hour at 10 a.m. PT on Sunday, May 11 on the Pac-12 Networks and online via Pac-12 Now.
This will be the third time Oregon State is hosting the Pac-10/12 Championships since it began in 1987. It was also held at Trysting Tree Golf Club in 1995 and 2003 when the Beavers finished eighth and ninth, respectively.
INFORMATION: Event information, including results, photos and the record book, are available at this link.
FIELD (Golfstat ranking in parenthesis): USC (1), UCLA (2), Arizona State (5), Washington (9), Stanford (10), Arizona (11), Oregon (32), California (35), Colorado (47), Oregon State (69) and Washington State (79).
COURSE: The tournament will be held at the par-72, 6,256-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club.
BEAVERS’ LINEUP: Oregon State will go with a lineup of seniors Lauren Sewell and Seshia Telles, junior Anica Yoo and sophomores Chelsea Saelee and Ashlee Pickerell. Sewell, Telles, Yoo and Saelee played in all 10 tournaments this season, while Pickerell played in seven. Sewell and Telles will each be playing in their fourth Pac-12 Championship, Yoo in her third and Saelee and Pickerell both in their second.
FORMAT: Three-day, 54-hole tournament with 18 holes each day. The top-four individuals from each five-member team with the lowest scores for each 18-hole round constitute the scoring members for that given round.
TEE TIMES: There will be tee times off the fist and 10th holes beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Oregon State will start at 9 a.m. on the first hole on Friday and be paired with Arizona State. The pairings for Saturday and Sunday will be determined by order of finish from the previous day.
TEAM PAIRINGS AND TEE TIMES FOR FRIDAY’S FIRST ROUND
9:00 a.m. -- Arizona State (5), Oregon State (Pickerell)
9:08 a.m. -- Arizona State (4), Oregon State (Sewell)
9:16 a.m. -- Arizona State (3), Oregon State (Saelee)
9:24 a.m. -- Arizona State (2), Oregon State (Telles)
9:32 a.m. -- Arizona State (1), Oregon State (Yoo)
9:40 a.m. -- USC (5), Oregon (5)
9:48 a.m. -- USC (4), Oregon (4)
9:56 a.m. -- USC (3), Oregon (3)
10:04 a.m. -- USC (2), Oregon (2)
10:12 a.m. -- USC (1), Oregon (1)
10:20 a.m. -- Washington (5), California (5)
10:28 a.m. -- Washington (4), California (4)
10:36 a.m. -- Washington (3), California (3)
10:44 a.m. -- Washington (2), California (2)
10:52 a.m. -- Washington (1), California (1)
9:00 a.m. -- UCLA (5), Stanford (5)
9:08 a.m. -- UCLA (4), Stanford (4)
9:16 a.m. -- UCLA (3), Stanford (3)
9:24 a.m. -- UCLA (2), Stanford (2)
9:32 a.m. -- UCLA (1), Stanford (1)
9:40 a.m. -- Arizona (5), Colorado (5), Washington State (5)
9:48 a.m. -- Arizona (4), Colorado (4), Washington State (4)
9:56 a.m. -- Arizona (3), Colorado (3), Washington State (3)
10:04 a.m. -- Arizona (2), Colorado (2), Washington State (2)
10:12 a.m. -- Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Washington State (1)
QUOTING HEAD COACH RISË ALEXANDER: "Hosting the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championship is exciting for our program and especially our seniors Seshia and Lauren, who can play their final conference championship on their home turf. The golf course is in great shape thanks to Pat Dorn, the green’s superintendent and his staff. They have been working tirelessly to showcase Trysting Tree Golf Club for this event. The greens are firm and fast and the rough is thick and growing. As a team we have focused primarily on our game plan for the event as well as how to handle the green speed and rough.
“The players are coming off a very good finish last week, and I believe they are well prepared to compete at that level again this week. Being home is a bonus as we head into the Pac-12 Championship. The most important thing is that they believe in themselves, in their game plan, and their ability. They have tools to combat the nerves and emotions they will experience, and I know they will utilize their mental training methods to make great choices.
“The Pac-12 is absolutely the strongest women’s golf conference in the country with six of the 11 schools ranked 11th or better. I am personally looking forward to this event because it is the most talent in one event that we see all year. It should be fun to watch and I hope the community comes out to see this immensely talented group of young women play.”
LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State posted its second-lowest three-round score in school history in the final round of the Silverado Showdown, a 19-over 883, to finish in fourth place, and ahead of six teams ranked in Golfstat’s Top 50, which was held Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15 in Napa, Calif.
The Beavers concluded the two-day, 54-hole tournament with a 19-over 295-288-300--883 on the par-72, 6,969-yard North Course at the Silverado Resort and Spa to finish fourth in the 15-team field. Only No. 11 Washington, No. 1 USC and No. 20 Northwestern fared better.
Oregon State finished ahead of five Pac-12 teams, including No. 9 Arizona, No. 33 California and No. 35 Oregon, which should give the Beavers confidence when they host the conference championship at Trysting Tree Golf Club this week.
The Beavers shattered their three-round school record earlier this season when they fired a 10-over 874 at the Westbrook Spring Invitational in Peoria, Ariz. The 19-over 883 at the Silverado Showdown is the second lowest in school history.
Anica Yoo had a terrific tournament as she carded a career-best three-round score of 1-under 74-69-72--215 to post the third top-10 finish of her junior campaign with a tie for sixth place. It’s just the fifth time in Oregon State history that a golfer has finished a three-round tournament in red figures. Kathleen Takaishi holds the school record with a 3-under 213 at the Wahine Classic in 1998.
Seshia Telles also had a great tournament, finishing in a tie for 11th place with a 2-over 72-71-75--218, while Lauren Sewell and Chelsea Saelee tied for 32nd place with a 9-over 225. Sewell went 75-73-77 over the three rounds and Saelee had scores of 74-75-76.
Krissy Peterson, who competed in her fourth career event and second as a member of the five-player team, finished in a tie for 71st place with a 28-over 82-81-81--244.
LAST YEAR AT THE PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIP: The Beavers concluded the 2013 Pac-12 Championship with a 36-over 303-297-300--900 at the par-72, 6,300-yard Valencia Country Club to finish eighth in the 11-team field. No. 1 USC ran away with the team title with an 11-under 853, while Washington (13-over 877) finished second and UCLA (15-over 879) placed third.
For the first time in school history, Oregon State had three players finish in the top 25 of the Pac-10/12 Championship, which began in 1987. Chelsea Saelee and Anica Yoo each finished in a tie for 20th place with a 7-over 223, as Saelee went 75-74-74 and Yoo shot 74-73-76 over the three rounds. Seshia Telles finished in a tie for 24th place with an 8-over 78-70-76--224.
Lauren Sewell shot her best round of the Pac-12’s on the final day with a 2-over 74, which included four birdies, to improve eight spots on the leaderboard and move into a tie for 36th with a 14-over 76-80-74--230. Ashlee Pickerell, who joined the team that spring after transferring from the University of Tennessee, finished sole 53rd with a 31-over 80-80-87--247.
Annie Park of USC edged out teammate Sophia Popov by two strokes to claim medalist honors with a 7-under 209.