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Conference preview: Pac-10

September 08, 2008




2008-09 outlook


Predicted champion: Stanford

Predicted player of the year: Sihwan Kim, Stanford

Predicted freshman of the year: Bjorn Akesson, Arizona State

__NCAA Regional bound:__Stanford, UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, California

Team on the rise: Stanford ... a healthy Joseph Bramlett makes strong team even stronger

Biggest question mark: Arizona ... have talent, but do they have a legit No. 1 player?

Wouldn't surprise me to see: Five golfers from the conference—Stanford's Kim, USC's Jamie Lovemark, UCLA's Erik Flores, Washington's Nick Taylor and Arizona State's Jesper Kennegard—play well enough to earn first-team All-American honors.

Would shock me to see: Arizona, the most high profile victim of the ".500 rule" a year ago, fail to have a winning record and advance to NCAA Regionals

2007-08 Accolades

Team champion: Arizona State

Player of the year: Kevin Chappell, UCLA

Freshman of the year: Sihwan Kim, Stanford

Coach of the year: Chris Zambri, USC

Pac-10 medalist: Creighton Honeck, Arizona

All-Pac-10 First team:

James Allenby, Oregon State

Kevin Chappell, UCLA

Erik Flores, UCLA*

Rob Grube, Stanford

Rory Hie, USC

Creighton Honeck, Arizona

Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State*

Sihwan Kim, Stanford

2008-09 predicted finish:



2008-09 outlook



Predicted champion: Arizona State

Predicted player of the year: Tiffany Joh, UCLA

Predicted freshman of the year: Carlota Ciganda, Arizona State

NCAA Regional bound: Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Stanford, California, Washington, Oregon

Team on the rise: Arizona State ... no question about having a solid No. 5 player anymore.

Biggest question mark: USC ... how will national champs handle loss of two first-team All-Americans?

Wouldn't surprise me to see: Three different teams—ASU, UCLA and USC—be ranked No. 1 in the Golf World/NGCA coaches' poll at some point during the 2008-09 season.

Would shock me to see: The conference get fewer than eight bids to NCAA regionals.

__2007-08 Accolades

Team champion:__ USC

Player of the year: Tiffany Joh, UCLA

Freshman of the year: Lizette Salas, USC

Coach of the year: Andrea Gaston, USC

Pac-10 medalist: Paola Moreno, USC

All-Pac-10 First team:

Tiffany Joh, UCLA*

Paola Moreno, USC

Belen Mozo, USC*

Azahara Munoz, Arizona State*

Anna Nordqvist, Arizona State*

Dewi Claire Schreefel, USC

Alison Walshe, Arizona

Glory Yang, UCLA*

2008-09 predicted finish:

Tomorrow's preview: Mountain West Conference