Heading To The Northwest
May 7, 2001
Teeing Off: The second-ranked Arizona women's golf team continuespostseason play as it travels to the NCAA West Regional, held at theTrysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore. The Wildcats, the defendingWest Regional champions, enter this year's tournament as the No. 1 seed.Arizona has finished no lower than 2nd at the NCAA Regionals since 1995.Play begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. Twenty-one teams and twoindividuals will compete in the tournament.
Format: The teams will play a total of 54 holes, 18 each day. All threerounds begin at 7:30 a.m. PDT from the first and tenth tees. The finalgroups will begin play at 1:20 p.m. PDT each round.
What's Next: The top eight teams from each of the three Regionals and twoindividuals will advance to the NCAA Championships, which are scheduled forMay 23-26 at the El Campeon Golf Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
Trysting Tree Golf Club: The site of this year's West Regional is a par 72,6,089 yard layout. Trysting Tree will also serve as host of the NCAA Men'sWest Regional May 17-19. Golfweek magazine rated the course the third bestcollegiate facility on the West Coast in 1998.
The Field: Of the 21 teams competing, seven are champions of theirrespective conferences and seven are ranked in the top 25 of the latestedition of the Collegiate Golf Foundation's MasterCard rankings, includingfour of the nation's top-10. The regional will also feature eight Pac-10conference teams.
Teams: Arizona (Pac-10 champ), Southern California, Stanford, Tennessee,Ohio State, Arizona State, UCLA, Michigan State (Big Ten champ),Washington, Furman (Southern Conference champ), Indiana, Oregon, Memphis(Conference USA champ), Missouri, Colorado State, Nevada, Oregon State,Brigham Young, Central Connecticut State (Northeast Conference champ), SWMissouri State (Missouri Valley Conference champ), Weber State (Big SkyConference champ). Tash Brower of Washington State and Taya Battistella ofPortland State will compete as individuals.
Golfer Yr. Avg. Top 10/20 Low Rd. EventsLorena Ochoa Fr. 71.52 8/0 66 9Natalie Gulbis Fr. 72.42 5/1 67 8Cristina Baena Jr. 75.13 3/1 70 9Laura Myerscough So. 76.00 2/0 71 9Anne Lee So. 76.22 0/1 72 7
Last Year at the NCAA West Regional: The Wildcats captured the title atlast year's NCAA West Regionals, posting a team total of 12-over-par 876.The tournament was held at the Karsten Golf Course (par-72, 6,131 yards) inTempe, Ariz. San Jose State came in second place, carding a 17-over-par881. Arizona State's Miriam Nagl took home the individual title scoring a7-under-par 209. UA's Christina Monteiro tied for sixth (1-over-par 217),while Julia Kraschinski tied for 10th (3-over-par 219). Jenna Daniels shota 5-over-par 221 to tie for 15th. Junior Cristina Baena, the only golferin this year's lineup who has competed in NCAA Regional play, tied for 34that nine-over par.
Last Time Out at the Pac-10 Championships: The second-ranked Arizonawomen's golf team used a final round score of 287 to claim its secondconsecutive Pacific-10 Conference Championship at the par-72, 6,090 yardKarsten Golf Course. Wildcat freshman Lorena Ochoa outdeuled teammate andfellow freshman Natalie Gulbis in two sudden-death playoff holes for theindividual title. Freshmen standouts Ochoa and Gulbis both finished thefinal round at three-under par 213 for the tournament. After both made paron the first playoff hole, Ochoa drained a 15-foot putt to make birdie onthe second playoff hole to claim medalist honors. The Arizona freshmenalso finished in first and second places at the TRW Regional Challenge inFebruary, with Gulbis winning medalist honors. Gulbis finished the Pac-10tournament with three rounds of one-under par 71. Also in the top-20 forArizona was junior Cristina Baena, who shared 15th place at 223. Shecarded a final round of even-par 72 to earn her highest finish sinceOctober. Sophomores Laura Myerscough and Anne Lee finished in 29th and31st places, respectively. Senior Christelle Cuzon, who competed as anindividual, tied for 42nd.
Arizona All-Time in NCAA Regional Play: Since Regional play began in 1993,Arizona has finished in the top eight and advanced to the NCAAChampionships every year but 1994. The Wildcats missed the 1994 NCAAChampionship tournament after an11th-place finish in the Regionals thatyear. The 2000 season marked Arizona's third Regional championship. TheCats also took home Regional titles in 1996 and 1998 under then-head coachand current Arizona Director of Golf and men's head golf coach Rick LaRose. In the last five years, Arizona has finished no lower than second place atthe NCAA Regionals.
Ochoa on the LPGA: Freshman Lorena Ochoa did not participate in the Dr.Thompson Rainbow Invitational with the Wildcats because she was in RanchoMirage, Calif., participating in the Nabisco Championship with the LPGA.The Nabisco is one of the tour's four major tournaments. Ochoa led allamateurs and tied for 21st place overall. Ochoa fired rounds of 72, 71, 74and 73, nine strokes off the lead. Last month, Ochoa finished tied forseventh place at the Welch's/Circle K Championship, the LPGA event held inTucson. She shot a total of 276 (-12).
Tiger, Jenna and. . . Lorena: In being named Rolex College Golfer of theMonth for February, freshman Lorena Ochoa became just the third golfer inthe history of the award to win the honor three times in one season. Shewas also honored for the months of September and November. Ochoa joinselite company, Tiger Woods won the award three times in 1995-96 and JennaDaniels won it three times last year.
Wildcat Youngsters: Only one golfer in Arizona's lineup, Cristina Baena,has ever competed in NCAA Regional action. Baena tied for 19th place herfreshman year and came away with a 34th place finish last year. Theremaining four Wildcats will make their regional debut this weekend. Ofthe 148 individual rounds played by Arizona golfers this season, freshmenand sophomores have played 90 of them. The Wildcats fielded a lineupconsisting of only underclassmen in winning the TRW Regional Challenge.
Cats In the Polls: Arizona currently stands at No. 2 in the College GolfFoundation's MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings. Despite finishing 13strokes ahead of top-ranked Duke in their last meeting, the Cats stilltrail the Blue Devils in the poll. Freshman Lorena Ochoa occupies thenation's top spot in the individual rankings after capturing fourindividual titles so far this season, including the Pac-10 Championship.Other UA golfers ranked in the poll include freshman Natalie Gulbis andjunior Cristina Baena. Gulbis is ranked sixth in the latest edition of thepoll. Gulbis won the second championship of her career at the Dr. ThompsonRainbow Invitational and has five top-10 finishes in seven scoring eventsthis season. Baena stands at No. 25, she currently owns a stroke averageof 75.13 and has three top-10 finishes. The Wildcats also occupy the No. 2spot in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Arizona's freshmen duo ofOchoa and Gulbis hold the Nos.1 and 3 spots in the Sagarin index,respectively.
Kraschinski Out: Sophomore Julia Kraschinski is out of action in order toreceive treatment for a painful degenerated disc that has hapered her sincethe end of last summer. Kraschinski missed the Wildcats' entire fallschedule because of the injury and competed in only two tournaments duringthe spring season. She will undergo a cutting edge procedure known asintradiscal electrothermy (IDET) treatment in order to improve stability inher back and decrease pain. As a freshman, Kraschinski competed in all 11of the Wildcats' tournaments and finished with a stroke average of 74.88.She capped off her initial campaign with a runner-up finish at the NCAAChampionships, trailing teammate Jenna Daniels by only three strokes.Arizona will seek a medical hardship year for Kraschinski following thecompletion of the season.
Freshmen Hitting the (Record) Books: The Wildcats' two freshmen combined togo 11 shots under par in round one of the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational.Ochoa shot a 66 (-6) and Gulbis, in her first round of collegiate golfever, checked in with a 67 (-5), both rounds rank near the top on theall-time record list for Arizona freshmen. Marisa Baena shot aseven-under-par 65 in May 1996 for the lowest round ever by a Wildcatfreshman and Annika Sorenstam carded a five-under 67 at the StanfordInvitational in October 1990 for the third-best round by a UA freshman.
Golfer Date Tournament Score Marisa Baena May 1996 NCAA West Regionals 65 (-7) Lorena Ochoa 10/20/2000 Stanford Invitational 66 (-6) Natalie Gulbis 10/20/2000 Stanford Invitational 67 (-5) Annika Sorenstam October 1990 Stanford Invitational 67 (-5)
Princess Christina: Senior Christina Monteiro did not travel with the teamthe weekend of Nov. 10-12 to Estero, Fla. for the Match Play Championshipsin order to remain in Tucson for UA's annual homecoming festivities.Monteiro was selected as the athletic department's nominee for homecomingqueen.
Hello, Old Friend: UA squared off against Georgia in the first round ofNovember's Match Play Championships. The Georgia Bulldogs are coached byformer Wildcat head coach Todd McCorkle. The Cats and McCorkle's Bulldogshave compteted in three of the same tournaments since he left Tucson inlate June.
Fall Season Wrap-Up: The Wildcats completed a successful fall season bycapturing two team titles and two individual titles. Four Arizona golfersgarnered a total of nine top-10 finishes in just four scoring events. TheWildcats opened the fall with a second-place showing at the NCAA FallPreview, shooting 598 and finishing just three strokes behind championDuke. The following weekend saw the Wildcats earn their first title withan 892 at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational. Freshman Lorena Ochoa wonthe individual title with a three-round score of 212 (-7). In October,Arizona won its second team championship of the year by shooting 873 at theStanford/Pepsi Invitational. Arizona's two freshmen, Ochoa and NatalieGulbis, opened the tournament with rounds of 66 and 67. The Wildcatswrapped up the fall season with a sixth-place finish at the Golf WorldInvitational and a seventh-place finish at the CGF Match PlayChampionships. Ochoa again earned medalist honors at the Golf WorldInvitational. Junior Cristina Baena notched three top-10 finishes,including second place at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational and thirdplace at the NCAA Fall Preview. Arizona finished the fall season rankedNo. 2 by the College Golf Foundation and had three golfers rankedindividually in the top 15.
2000 National Champions: The Wildcats topped off a dominant season in whichthey won nine tournaments by a combined total of 73 shots by capturing the2000 National Championship in May. The title is the school's second in thelast five years. Arizona turned in one of the most dominating performancesin the 19-year history of the national championship tournament.Second-place Stanford finished trailing Arizona by 21 strokes, thethird-largest margin in NCAA Championship history. Three Wildcat golfersfinished in the top 10 at the championships, held at Crosswater Course inSun River, Ore. Alumna Jenna Daniels took the individual title with aone-under par 287, sophomore Julia Kraschinski finished in second, andjunior Cristina Baena tied for tenth.
Wildcat Coaching Staff: In just his first year with the Arizona golfprogram, Greg Allen has led the team to five tournament championships,including the Pac-10 Conference Championship. His team has been ranked nolower than No. 2 in the country all year long. Last month, the GolfCoaches Association of America selected Allen to coach the United Statesteam in the 2001 U.S.-Japan Collegiate Matches. Allen, who was hired inlate July, comes to the University of Arizona from Texas where he was theassistant coach for the Longhorns' men's golf team. Allen helped guideTexas to the 1999-2000 NCAA Central Region championship and a fifth-placefinish at the NCAA Championships. Allen graduated from Murray StateUniversity in 1993. Coach Allen is assisted by Amy Solfisburg who is inher eighth year with the Wildcat women's golf program. Solfisburg attendedthe University of Arizona and is a native of Michigan.
Coach Allen's Thoughts: 'Our goal all year long has been to be a team thatplays well in the postseason. We are off to a good start by successfullydefending our Pac-10 Championship. Now we're gearing up to defend atRegionals and then on to defending at nationals.'
Cristina Baena: Junior 5-3 Pereira, Colombia (Canyon Del Oro H.S./Tucson)~ Named honorable mention on the All Pac-10 Team... Tied for 15th at thePac-10 Championships with a total of 223... Finished in a tie for 31st atthe Wildcat Invitational... Tied for 9th place at the Stanford/PepsiInvitational after shooting a three-round total of 219... Shot low round ofthe year with first-round 70 at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational... Finished2nd at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational with a total of 219...Finished 3rd at the rain-shortened NCAA Fall Preview with a two-round scoreof 147... Began the season with three consecutive top-10 finishes... Openedthe year ranked No. 2, but quickly rose to the top spot after fall play began.
Natalie Gulbis: Freshman 5-9 Citrus Heights, Calif. (Granite Bay H.S.)~ Named to the All-Pac-10 First Team... Wrapped up play at the Pac-10Championships tied with teammate Lorena Ochoa for first place at 213...Carded three rounds of one-under par 71... Fell to Ochoa after twosudden-death playoff holes... Won the second tournament championship of hercareer at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Invitational in Hawaii... Fired roundsof 71, 71 and 74 to finish at even par... Shot three rounds of even par 72at the Wildcat Invitational to finish in fifth place... Won the firsttournament championship of her career at the TRW Regional Challenge inCalifornia in February... Fired rounds of 72, 69 and 73 to finish at twounder-par in the TRW Regional Challenge... Won two matches in the CGF MatchPlay Championships... Defeated Reilley Rankin of Georgia, 2 up, and LindseyWright of Pepperdine, 5&4... Tied for 16th at the Golf World Invitationalwith a 220... Finished tied for fifth in her first collegiate tournament,the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational... Shot 67-73-77=217 at the Stanford/PepsiInvitational... Her opening round 67 was the third best round ever by a UAfreshman, even more impressive the record came in her first round ofcollegiate golf in her career... Debuted in the MasterCard Collegiate Golfrankings at No. 18, then quickly ascended to the top-10... Named Golf WorldCollegiate player of the week for the week of February 14-21.
Anne Lee: Sophomore 5-3 Northridge, Calif. (Notre Dame H.S.)~ Honorable Mention on the All-Pac-10 team... Tied for 1st place at thePac-10 Championships with a three-round total of 229... Earned her secondtop-20 finish of the year at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Invitational, whereshe tied for 18th... Shot rounds of 74, 73 and 72 at the WildcatInvitational where she finished tied for eighth, the highest finish of hercareer... Low round and low tournament scores both came at the WildcatInvitational with her third round of 72 and total of 219... Tied for 37thplace at the TRW Regional Challenge in February... Won one match in the CGFMatch Play Championships, defeating Kate Waggoner of Pepperdine, 4&3...Competed as an individual at the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate where shetied for 45th at 232.
Laura Myerscough :Sophomore 5-7 Charleston, Ill. (Charleston H.S.)~ Honorable Mention on the All-Pac-10 team... Finished in a tie for 29thplace at the Pac-10 Championships... Earned highest finish of her careerwith a fifth-place showing at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Invitational...Carded rounds of 75, 71 and 76 to finish at 222... Tied for 29th place atthe Wildcat Invitational with a three-round score of 233, including asecond-round 73... Shot 227 at the TRW Regional Challenge to tie for21st... Won two matches at the CGF Match Play Championships... DefeatedDiana Ramage of Auburn, 3&2, and Dominique Bleichenbacher of Pepperdine,2&1... Finished tied for 54th at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational with atotal of 235... Earned a sixth-place showing at the Comcast/Dick McGuireInvitational... Shot 224, which included the low round of her UA career, anopening round 71... Tied for 22nd at the NCAA Fall Preview with rounds of74 and 78 in the rain-shortened event.
Lorena Ochoa: Freshman 5-7 Guadalajara, Mexico (Torreblanca H.S.)~ Named Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year... Also named to theAll-Pac-10 Conference First Team... Won the Pac-10 Conference Championshipin a playoff after carding a score of 213... Defeated teammate and fellowfreshman Natalie Gulbis after two sudden death playoff holes at the Pac-10Championships... Tied for 3rd at the PING/ASU Invitational with a three-daytotal of 218... Missed action at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Invitationalbecause she had just wrapped up play in the LPGA's Nabsico Championship...Competed as an amateur in the Nabisco Championship, one of the LPGA's majortournaments... Finished in a tie for 21st place with a 290 (+2) at theNabisco Championship, high amateur finish at the event... Tied for seventhplace in the Welch's/Circle K Championship, the LPGA event held inTucson... Her 12 under-par 276 seventh place finish at the Welch's/Circle Kwas the highest finish by an amateur in the event.. Named Rolex CollegeGolfer of the Month for February, becoming only the third golfer to win thehonor three times in one season... Joins Tiger Woods and UA alumna JennaDaniels as the only golfers to be so honored... Won medalist honors at theWildcat Invitational with a total of 213, including rounds of 72, 71 and70... Defeated Candy Hannemann of Duke in the first playoff hole at theWildcat Invitational... Finished 2nd behind teammate Natalie Gulbis at theTRW Regional Challenge... Named Rolex College Golfer of the Month forNovember... Won second tournament of career at Golf World Invitational inNovember with career best 211... Defeated Katherine Hull of Pepperdine in aone-hole playoff for the Golf World Invitational championship... NamedRolex College Golfer of the Month for September... Finished 2nd at theStanford/Pepsi Invitational... Shot opening-round 66 at the Stanford/PepsiInvitational... 66 at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational was the second-bestround ever by a UA freshman... Named Golf World magazine Player of the Weekfor the week of Sept. 29... Earned first tournament championship of careerat the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational in her second ever collegiatetournament... Opened UA career with a ninth-place showing at the NCAA FallPreview... Shot one over-par in her first round of collegiate golf.
NCAA FALL PREVIEW - 2nd Place
Sept. 15-17, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.:
The Wildcats came away with a second place finish at the NCAA Fall Previewin Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. after battling extremely hot and humidconditions on day one and then facing heavy rains on day two. The thirdround of the tournament was cancelled due to the threat of HurricaneGordon. Arizona's 14-over-par 598 left them three shots back of tournamentchampion Duke. The Wildcats were led individually by junior Cristina Baenawho placed third with a one-over-par 147, just one stroke behindco-champions Marta Prieto and Maria Beautell both of Wake Forest. TwoArizona freshmen made their collegiate debuts at the NCAA Preview. LorenaOchoa finished tied for ninth at 149, three shots over par. NancyAbiecunas shot a 13-over, 159 to finish tied at 63rd. Christina Monteiro,Arizona's lone competing senior, finished tied for 15th at 150, four shotsover. Finally, Laura Myerscough in her first collegiate competition sinceFeb. `99 shot a six-over 152 to claim a tie for 22nd. The Wildcats shotthe low score each day, with Cristina Baena's 71 on day one and ChristinaMonteiro's 70 on day two.
COMCAST/DICK MCGUIRE INVITATIONAL - 1st Place
Sept. 21-23, Albuquerque, N.M.:
With a dominating performance from freshman Lorena Ochoa in just her secondcollegiate tournament, the Arizona Wildcats earned their first tournamentchampionship at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational. The team shot acombined 892 (+16), five strokes ahead of second-place Tulsa. Arizonajumped out to an early lead with a first round total of 291 (-1). TheWildcats then shot rounds of 299 and 302 to finish the tournament atsixteen-over-par. Individually, Lorena Ochoa led the way. She shot athree-round total of 212, seven strokes under par to claim the firstchampionship of her young collegiate career. Ochoa set or tied a number ofrecords at the University of New Mexico Championship Course, includingtying the 54-hole individual record held by former Wildcat Marisa Baena.Not to be overshadowed by Ochoa's dominant performance, junior CristinaBaena turned in an outstanding weekend of play. She finished in secondplace at even-par, seven strokes behind teammate Ochoa. Sophomore LauraMyerscough carded a five-over par 224 to come in tied for sixth place.Senior Christina Monteiro tied for 56th-place at 238, while freshman NancyAbiecunas tied for 62nd-place at 239. Senior Christelle Cuzon competed asan individual for the Wildcats and completed action tied for 27th with an18-over-par 230, including a second round score of 74.
STANFORD/PEPSI INVITATIONAL - 1st Place
Oct. 20-22, Palo Alto, Calif.:
The Wildcats raced to a 15-shot lead after one round of the Stanford/PepsiInvitational, then held on to come away with their second tournament titleof the season. Individually, three Arizona golfers finished in the top 10. The Wildcats' freshmen duo of Lorena Ochoa and Natalie Gulbis shot acombined eleven strokes under par in the first round. Ochoa's 66 was thesecond-lowest round ever by Arizona freshman, while Gulbis' 67 was good forthe third best round ever by a Wildcat freshman. Ochoa finishedcompetition in second place with a three-under par 213, three strokes backof individual champion Stacy Prammanasudh of Tulsa. Gulbis tied for fifthafter closing the tournament with rounds of 73 and 77 for a one-over-partotal of 217. Junior Cristina Baena, the nation's top-ranked individual,earned a tie for ninth place with her five-over-par 221. Also scoring forthe Wildcats were senior Christina Monteiro, 78-78-82=232 (+11), andsophomore Laura Myerscough, 80-73-82=235 (+19). Sophomore Anne Leecompeted as an individual and finished in a tie for 54th with a 16-over-par232. The tournament victory was Arizona's second of the young season.
GOLF WORLD INVITATIONAL - 6th Place
Nov. 3-5, Hilton Head Island, S.C.:
Arizona simply didn't have it, as coach Greg Allen put it. The Wildcatsfinished sixth at the Golf World Invitational, shooting 888 as a team.Freshman Lorena Ochoa continued her outstanding first year, winning thetournament in a one-hole playoff with Katherine Hull of Pepperdine. Thewin was Ochoa's second of the season and her career. Freshman NatalieGulbis earned her second top-20 finish in as many events, she wrapped upaction tied for 16th with a four-over-par 220. Junior Cristina Baena,ranked No. 3 in the country at the time, tied for 40th by shooting roundsof 74, 72 and 74. Seniors Christelle Cuzon and Christina Monteiro alsoparticipated for the Wildcats, finishing tied for 36th and 60th,respectively. The tournament marked Arizona's lowest finish of the season,thus far. Additionally, it was the first time since Sept. 26-28, 1997,that the Arizona women's golf team has finished a tournament out of the topfive.
ROLEX MATCH PLAY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS - 7th Place
Nov. 10-12, Estero, Fla.:
After a dropping its first two matches of the tournament to Georgia andAuburn, Arizona rebounded and salvaged a 7th place finish with its finalround victory over Pepperdine by a score of 4-1. The opening roundfeatured a match-up with former Wildcat head coach Todd McCorkle and hisGeorgia Bulldogs. Freshman Natalie Gulbis was the only Arizona golfer towin her match, defeating Reilley Rankin, 3-2. The second round saw theWildcats fall to Auburn, 4-1. Sophomore Laura Myerscough defeated DianaRamage, 3&2, for Arizona's only point. In the seventh-place match, theWildcats knocked off Pepperdine with a final tally of 4-1. Gulbis andsophomore Anne Lee registered big wins, scoring 5&4 and 4&3 victoriesrespectively.
TRW Regional Challenge - 1st Place
Feb. 12-14, Palos Verdes, Calif.:
The Arizona Wildcats women's golf team battled a number of obstacles, butovercame them all as it took home its third tournament championship of theseason by winning the TRW Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif. with ascore of 834 (+32). The Wildcats finished 11 strokes ahead of second-placeNew Mexico State. Arizona freshman Natalie Gulbis took home the individualcrown with a three-day-total of 214 (+1).
In addition to a field that featured 15 ranked teams, a Wildcat lineupconsisting of only freshmen and sophomores fought through cold and rainyweather. Furthermore, the Regional Challenge served as the firsttournament for sophomore Julia Kraschinski since the 2000 NCAAChampionships. She had been out of action due to serious disc problems inher back. The cold weather eventually took its toll on last year's NCAArunner-up as head coach Greg Allen withheld Kraschinski from competing inthe final round as a precaution.
Individually, Gulbis earned the first tournament championship of hercareer by shooting rounds of 72, 69 and 73 to close the tournament atone-over-par 214. Teammate Lorena Ochoa continued her wildly successfulfreshman campaign by finishing in second place, just two strokes back ofGulbis at three-over-par 216.
Also scoring for Arizona were sophomores Laura Myerscough and Anne Lee.Myerscough carded a three-round total of 227 (+14) to finish tied for 21st,while Lee shot 231 to finish tied for 37th at 18-over-par.
Wildcat Invitational - 1st Place
Feb. 19-21, Tucson, Ariz.:
The second-ranked Arizona women's golf team claimed the championship atits lone home tournament, the Wildcat Invitational held at The Raven GolfClub at Sabino Springs., by shooting a team total of 875. Arizonaout-dueled No. 1 Duke and No. 5 Stanford to earn the title. Head coachGreg Allen's squad held a four-stroke lead entering Wednesday's finalround, but still needed a strong performance down the stretch to claim thetitle. With only nine holes remaining, the Wildcats were three shots backof the top-ranked Blue Devils. However, Arizona shot four-under-par as ateam on the final nine holes to surge ahead of Duke as it combined to shoot12-over-par on the back nine.
Leading the late charge for Arizona was stellar freshman Lorena Ochoa, whoearned medalist honors for the third time in her young career. Ochoacompleted the tournament with a total of 213 (-3).
Ochoa, like the entire Arizona team, needed a late push down the stretchto position herself in first place. With only 13 holes to play, thefreshman from Guadalajara, Mexico trailed Duke's Candy Hannemann by sixstrokes. Ochoa tied Hannemann and won the individual title in asudden-death playoff with a birdie on the first extra hole.
Also playing a large part in the Wildcats' success was Arizona's otherstandout freshman Natalie Gulbis. Named Golf World Collegiate Player ofthe Week on Feb. 21, Gulbis finished in fifth place with a three-day totalof 216 (E). Sophomore Anne Lee finished the tournament tied for eighthplace with a three-round total of 219 (+3). Lee's previous high finish wasa tie for 26th place at last year's Pac-10 Conference Championships.Arizona junior Cristina Baena tied for 31st place at 13-over-par 229, whilesophomore Laura Myerscough tied for 52nd place with a tournament total of233 (+17).
Dr. Thompson Rainbow Invitational - 2nd Place
March 27-29, Honolulu, Hawaii:
The Arizona women's golf team came away with a second-place finish at theDr. Thompson Rainbow Invitational after shooting a total of 898. OklahomaState claimed the tournament championship with a three-round team total of895.
Wildcat freshman Natalie Gulbis earned the second tournament championshipof her career with a three-day total of 216 (E). Gulbis, a native ofSacramento, Calif., also won medalist honors at the TRW Regional Challengein February.
Sophomore Laura Myerscough finished in fifth place, the highest showing ofher career, after completing the tournament at 222 (+7). Also in thetop-20 for Arizona was sophomore Anne Lee. Junior Cristina Baena tied for24th place with a three-round total of 231, while sophomore JuliaKraschinski finished in 61st place with a total of 243.
v Arizona freshman Lorena Ochoa, the nation's top-ranked golfer, did notcompete in the Rainbow Invitational because she just wrapped up play in theNabisco Championship, one of the LPGA tour's major tournaments. Ochoa tiedfor 21st at the Nabisco with a score of 290 (+2).
PING/ASU INVITATIONAL - 4th Place
April 6-8, Tempe, Ariz.:
The Arizona women's golf team posted a team-total 896 to finish in a tiefor fourth place at the PING/ASU Invitational. Entering the final roundwith a three-stroke lead, the Wildcats posted a team total of 299 (+11) andfell into a fourth-place tie at 896 with Stanford. No UA player shotbetter than 73 in the final round.
USC won the event with a three-round total of 889, four strokes in frontof tournament-host Arizona State. TCU finished third at 895.
Freshman Lorena Ochoa was Arizona's top golfer, finishing in a tie forthird place at 218 (+2). Ochoa, who held a one-shot lead heading into thefinal round, posted a 75 and finished two strokes off the pace ofStanford's Stepahanie Keever, who carded a final-round 69 to finish at 216(E).
Also competing for Arizona was Natalie Gulbis, who finished tied for 22ndplace at 225 (+9), Laura Myerscough, who finished tied for 35th at 227(+11), Christina Baena, who finished tied for 44th at 230 (+14) and AnneLee, who finished tied for 49rd place at 232 (+16).
Two Wildcat golfers also competed as individuals in the event. ChristelleCuzon finished tied for 44th place at 230 (+14) and Christina Monteirofinished in 81st place at 249 (+33).