GolfChannel.com previews the 2019 spring season in women's college golf, from teams and players to watch to picks to win. Here we dive into the Pac-12:
Championship info: April 15-17, Palos Verdes (Calif.) Golf Club
Recent champions: UCLA (2018), UCLA (2017), USC (2016), Arizona (2015), Stanford (2014)
Team rankings: USC (1), Arizona State (8), Arizona (9), UCLA (12), Stanford (13), Washington (19), Oregon State (25), Oregon (38), Colorado (42), California (43), Washington State (76)
Midseason All-Conference Team: Patty Tavatanakit, Soph., UCLA (1); Andrea Lee, Jr., Stanford (4); Albane Valenzuela, Jr., Stanford (6); Malia Nam, Fr., USC (7); Mariel Galdiano, Jr., UCLA (9)
What to watch: A year after USC had to scramble to replace two of its best players who were turning pro midseason, the Trojans enter the spring at full strength. First-year head coach Justin Silverstein led USC to three victories this fall, including at the East Lake Cup. Freshman Malia Nam, one of three USC players who will compete in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur this April, has made an immediate impact for the Trojans, who haven’t won an NCAA title since 2013. … UCLA arguably has the top player in the country in Patty Tavatanakit, but the Bruins lose senior Lilia Vu, who is joining the LPGA this spring. Her departure means UCLA, which finished eighth at the Pac-12 Preview in the fall, will need more from senior Beth Wu since the new fifth spot will be filled with inexperience. … Arizona State and Arizona boast the last two NCAA titles, and both have had sophomores make big strides this season – the Sun Devils’ Raquel Olmos and the Wildcats’ Yusang Hou. Arizona is coming off a win at the Pac-12 Preview. … Stanford is strong at the top with Andrea Lee and Albane Valenzuela, but there are still questions at Nos. 4 and 5. … Sophomore Ellie Slama has Oregon State enjoying its best season in recent years. … Colorado and Oregon each notched top 5s at the Pac-12 preview while Washington will need to rebound after finishing 10th, ahead of only Washington State and tournament host Hawaii.
Pick to win: USC