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Tulsa Women Golfers Look to Defend Western Athletic Conference Title

Stacy Prammanasudh leads the Hurricane in quest for a third straight WAC Championship.
Stacy Prammanasudh leads the Hurricane in quest for a third straight WAC Championship.
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April 22, 2001

Lewisville, Texas - The Tulsa women's golf team, two-time defending Western Athletic Conference champions, will look to defend their title at the WAC Championships this week, April 23-25. The WAC's seven teams will compete at the par-72 Golf Club of Castle Hills in Lewisville, Texas.

The Hurricane, ranked 11th nationally in the GOLFWEEK/Sagarin Ratings, heads into the league tournament as the favorite, but will receive stiff competition from 14th-ranked TCU and #38 San Jose State.

Eleven of the top-15 finishers from last year's WAC Championships return to this year's field. In addition, Angie Yoon of first-year member Nevada is one of the nation's top golfers.

TCU is coming off of a third-place finish at the Ping/ASU Invitational, a tournament in which Tulsa placed sixth. San Jose State's last outing saw the Spartans placed second in a field of 11 teams at the Peg Barnard California Collegiate.

In the Golfstat Cup Individual rankings, 11 WAC golfers are ranked among the top-150 golfers in the nation. Tulsa junior two-time All-American Stacy Prammanasudh is the highest-ranked WAC player nationally with a rating of eighth. Yoon of Nevada is ranked 15th.

Tulsa and TCU has all five of its golfers ranked among the top-150, as Courtney Wood has the Horned Frogs top ranking of 63rd. San Jose State's Marcela Leon is ranked 111th, while Tulsa freshman Suzie Fisher is ranked 74th, followed by the trio of Julie Tvede (127th), Dani Mallon (128th) and Maiko Senda (128th).

The Hurricane has placed among the top-10 in all eight events, and the top-5 four times this season. Prammanasudh, the 2000 WAC Player of the Year, leads the Golden Hurricane into the WAC Championships. She has placed among the top-10 in seven of eight tournaments this season and has placed among the top-20 in 28 of 30 career tournaments.

Last year's tournament, hosted by The University of Tulsa at Forest Ridge Country Club, came down to the wire with the host Hurricane holding off TCU to grab its second straight WAC crown. Tulsa held a two-shot lead over TCU heading into the final day, and shot one stroke better to captured a three-stroke victory over the Frogs.

Tulsa's tandem of Stacy Prammanasudh and Maiko Senda finished in second-place last year with seven-over par 223s. It was Senda's best collegiate finish. In addition, San Jose State's tandem of Rebecka Heinmart and Georgina Simpson, both returnees this year, placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Tulsa's Dani Mallon also finished in fifth-place for the tournament.