April 12, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF women's golf closes out the 2006-07 regular season at the West Coast Conference Championships, beginning Monday, April 16 at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc, CA. The Dons enter the 10th WCC Women's Championship ranked No. 38 in the nation according to Golfweek.com.
San Francisco has all but guaranteed the sixth NCAA Regional berth in program history and the sixth in the last seven seasons. San Francisco has won the WCC Championships twice (1997 & 2001) and has posted eight runner-up finishes to the Waves, who enter the WCC's ranked No. 4 in Golfweek. The Dons last victory against Pepperdine came in the 2001 when the Dons turned in the upset against the then No. 11 Waves.
"I admire the tremendous job Laurie (Gibbs) has done with her program at Pepperdine," USF head coach Josh Cupp said. Her work has give mid-majors the beacon of hope in being able to field a highly competitive Division I women's golf team."
USF enjoyed one of its finest seasons in school history in 2006-07, capturing two tournament titles and posted a pair of runner-up showings. The Dons turned in eight top-10 finishes in nine events and finished in the top-five five times. San Francisco closed out the Fall season with a win at the Kent Youel Invitational in Hawaii and captured a Spring victory at the Duck Invitational in Oregon.
Over its last three tournaments, San Francisco set a 54-hole tournament scoring record with a +10 874 at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational and followed with a three stroke victory over Washington State at the Duck Invitational, headlined by a runner-up finish from Junior Jessica Potter and a third place showing from senior Kristin Nichols. In its final tournament leading up to the WCC's, USF shot a final round 290 to finish one stroke shy of a top-five showing at the 2007 Peg Barnard California Collegiate.
"I think we are coming together at the right time," Cupp said. "Any coach would say they want their team playing their best golf as they wrap up the regular season and head into postseason play. I can say we are playing our best golf season right now."
A 2006 All-WCC First Team selection, Potter, who led the Dons in top-10 finishes (5) and sub-par rounds (6) prepares for her third trip to the WCC Championships, while Nichols, a two-time first team pick makes her final appearance in the league showcase. Senior Eloise Vicencio, who enjoyed a strong spring season for the Dons competes in the WCC's for the second time, while freshmen Natasha Podmore and Christina Stockton look for strong showings in their first conference championship.
"Kristin dazzled me in practice yesterday at Richmond Country Club. On the back nine I felt like I should tend the flag from 160 yards. Both our freshmen - Christina and Natasha - are out to prove that USF had the best recruiting class of 2006. Two top-10 finishes in her last two events have Jessica's confidence in a good place. Elle has responded nicely to the challenges we set for her heading into the spring season. She's starting to realize what a quality golfer she already is."
San Francisco owns a 75.41 team stroke average and carries a 188-39 record against Divisional opponents this season. As individuals, four players have tallied a combined eight top-five, 15 top-10 and 29 top-20 tournament finishes.
Now in its 10th year of sponsoring the women's golf championship, only five league schools - Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Portland, San Francisco and Santa Clara - field teams. The Dons won the inaugural event in 1997.
"I look forward to the day when the WCC can field six teams resulting in an automatic NCAA bid which will bring added relevance to this championship," Cupp said.
West Coast Conference Women's Champions/Runner-Ups/Medalist (School)2006 - Pepperdine/USF/Jayvie Agojo (PEP)2005 - Pepperdine/USF/Carolina Llano (PEP)2004 - Pepperdine/USF/Carolina Llano (PEP)2003 - Pepperdine/USF/Carolina Llano (PEP)2002 - Pepperdine/USF/Lindsey Wright (PEP)2001 - USF/Pepperdine/Emilie Arnaud (USF)2000 - Pepperdine/USF/Lindsey Wright (PEP)1999 - Pepperdine/USF/Nadina Taylor (PEP)1998 - Pepperdine/USF/Jenny Glasgow (PEP)1997 - USF/Pepperdine/Maria Borjesson (USF)