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Conferences Calls—Women, fourth edition

April 25, 2006

A little late with this post (promise I didn't sneak a peak at any results), but here is the next wave of "fearless" conference predictions:


Dates: April 24-25

Defending champion: UC-Irvine; Renee Skidmore, Idaho

Field: Cal Poly, CSU-Northridge, Long Beach State, UC-Davis, UC-Irvine, UC-Riverside

Skinny: UC-Irvine has the depth and experience to defend its title and shouldn’t have much problem taking care of business, with Long Beach State being a possible but not probably threat. The drama will be similarly minimal in the race for the top individual player, with a handful of Anteaters—Selanee Henderson, Carling Cho, Angela Won—along with Long Beach State’s Kay Hoey the only serious contenders. In a big of an upset, I’ll got with Hoey to beat out Henderson by a shot.


Dates: April 24-25

Defending champion: Oral Roberts; Candice Satow, Oral Roberts

Field: Centenary, IUPUI, Missouri-Kansas City, Oakland, Oral Roberts, Western Illinois

Skinny: Oral Roberts has never lost the Mid-Continent Championship in the event’s previous eight playings (winning by at least 25 shots seven out of eight times) and comes into this year’s tournament as the top seed. Suffice it to say, the streak won’t end in 2006. The individual title also will go to a member of the Golden Eagles squad, with freshman Christy Carter, who led the conference with a 76.6 stroke average and tied for a league low with a 71, beating out teammates Pamela Ontiveros and Jessica Gibson in the end.



Dates: April 24-26

Defending champion: UCLA; Louise Stahle, Arizona State

Field: No. 22 Arizona, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 14 Cal-Berkeley, Oregon, Oregon State, No. 6 Southern California, No. 19 Stanford, No. 2 UCLA, No. 23 Washington, Washington State

Skinny: This could be the most entertaining of all women’s conference championships, with two of the top three teams in the country—UCLA and Arizona State—squaring off again, each having defeated the other two times in four spring starts. Still, don’t be surprised if a third school—Southern California—comes in under the radar and sneaks off with the crown. Trojan coach  Andrea Gaston says that her 2005-06 team is the best she’s had in terms of chemistry. USC senior Irene Cho will help claim the team title, but will fall just short of winning medalist honors as UCLA freshman Jane Park steps up and claims her first college victory.


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Dates: April 24-26

Defending champion: Tulsa; Lee Ann Pace, Tulsa

Field: Boise State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico State, San Jose State

Skinny: New Mexico State and Idaho are new additions to the conference this season, and could each play a roll in who wins the WAC team and individual titles. The Aggies are second in the conference this season in team scoring (76.01), trailing only San Jose State. Yet while the Spartans will be tested, they have momentum with two wins in their last four starts and the home course edge, both of which will give them the title. Idaho’s Renee Skidmore, meanwhile, has the inside track to claim medalist honors, having put together the best season of any female in the conference with her 73.96 stroke average, one win and five top-five finishes. Others in the running: Fresno State’s Laura Leuthke, Boise State’s Katie Street, New Mexico State’s Lehua Wise.