Women's Golf Heads to Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate
Oct. 15, 2002
Teeing Off: The Wildcats are off to Northern California in search of the team's second tournament championship of the young season at the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate. The 18-team tournament will be contested at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif.
BayCats Doubleheader: Wildcat fans in Northern California's Bay Area can catch a Wildcat doubleheader this weekend as both Arizona's football and women's golf teams will be competing on the Farm. Arizona football squares off against the Cardinal at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Stanford Stadium, while the golfers will be in action with Saturday's tee times beginning at 8 a.m.
Tournament Schedule: Eighteen holes will be played each day of the weekend. Play begins Friday, Oct. 18, with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. on the first and tenth tees. Saturday's action also starts with 8 a.m. tee times. The tournament concludes Sunday, Oct. 20, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Teams will play a practice round Thursday.
Course: The 72-year-old Stanford Golf Course serves as the tournament course. The par-73 layout will play to a length of 5,903 yards for the tournament. Arizona has competed often at the Stanford Golf Course, most recently at the 2002 NCAA West Regional.
Tournament Field: Tournament host Stanford, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Georgia, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, Southern California, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State.
Wildcat Lineup and 2002-03 Statistics:Golfer Year Avg. Top 10/20 Low Rnd. EventsMiriam Kraschinski So. 72.83 2/0 70 2Erica Blasberg Fr. 73.66 1/0 69 2Anne Lee Sr. 75.00 1/0 73 2Julia Kraschinski Sr. 78.00 0/0 76 1Whitney Welch Fr. 76.16 0/0 74 2Mar Garcia* So. Makes first appearance of 2002-03 season* will compete as an individual
Last Time Out at the Mason Rudolph Championships: Arizona posted a final-round 304 at the Mason Rudolph Championships to complete the tournament in second place at 23-over-par 887. The Wildcats closed the event nine strokes behind host and champion Vanderbilt which shot 878 (+14). The 54-hole tournament was held at the Iron Horse Course at the Legends Club of Tennessee. Individually, Courtney Wood of Vanderbilt claimed medalist honors with a three-round score of 2-under 214. She was the only golfer in the 79-player field to close the tournament under par. Freshman Erica Blasberg was the Wildcats' top finisher as she claimed second place, her first career top-five finish. Blasberg, from Corona, Calif., used a final-round 75 to complete the tournament at even-par 216. The 5-foot-6-inch freshman improved 10 strokes from her career-opening performance at the NCAA Fall Preview where she tied for 21st place. Joining Blasberg in the top five was sophomore Miriam Kraschinski. The native of Whitianga, New Zealand, tied for fifth place with a three-day total of 6-over-par 222. The top-five finish is her second consecutive after she won the NCAA Fall Preview a week prior. Senior Anne Lee earned the second top-10 finish of her career as she tied for 10th place with a score of 8-over-par 224. She tied for eighth place at the 2001 Wildcat Invitational. Senior Laura Myerscough and freshman Whitney Welch both tied for 22nd place. Senior Julia Kraschinski, competing as an individual, finished 42nd.
Last Time at the Stanford Golf Course: Lorena Ochoa took medalist honors at the NCAA Women's Golf West Regional as Arizona qualified for the NCAA Championships. Ochoa notched her third straight round of 70 (-2) at the Stanford Golf Course to close the tournament at 6-under-par 210, five strokes ahead of second-place finishers Katherine Hull of Pepperdine and Mikaela Parmlid of Southern California. As a team, the Wildcats finished in fourth place at 26-over 890 after a final round of 291 (+3). Pepperdine and UCLA shared the top team spot as both squads finished at 19-over-par 883. Arizona received subpar scores from two golfers in both the second and third rounds-only the second and third times the team has accomplished the feat this season. Freshman Mar Garcia shot a final-round score of 1-under-par 71 to finish tied for 45th at 17-over for the tournament, the subpar mark is Garcia's best since her collegiate debut in the Wildcat Invitational where she carded a third-round 70. Senior Cristina Baena wrapped up the tournament tied for 15th, a career-best finish at the NCAA Regionals. She previously shared 19th, 34th and 25th places. Miriam Kraschinski posted a career-low round as she finished the tournament with a 2-over 74. Kraschinski tied for 43rd place at 16-over-par 232. Junior Laura Myerscough tied for 45th place at 17-over-par.
1987, The Last BayCats Football-Golf Doubleheader: History offers John Mackovic and the Wildcat gridders a positive harbinger to Saturday's action. The last time that both Arizona's football and women's golf teams competed in Palo Alto, Calif., on the same day was Oct. 31, 1987, when the football team won 23-13. Arizona placed three golfers in the top 20 individually that weekend, finishing in fourth place at the 1987 Stanford Invitational. Even more eerily similar is that in 1987 the football team's win over Stanford came exactly one week after a loss in the state of Washington.
Cats in the Polls: Following its winning performance at the NCAA Fall Preview and a second-place finish at the Mason Rudolph Championships, Arizona occupies the top spot in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, Miriam Kraschinski is rated second after winning medalist honors at the NCAA Fall Preview.
Myerscough in Malaysia: Senior Laura Myerscough will not compete for the Wildcats as she will be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, competing in the World Amateur Golf Championships. Myerscough will compete for the United States' three woman squad in the 39-team tournament. The Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate marks the first Arizona tournament Myerscough has missed since the Golf World Invitational in November of 2000.
Wildcat History at the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate: Arizona has won the team title on three occasions at the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate--in 1990, 1998 and 2000. Jenna Daniels is the only Wildcat golfer to win individual honors at the tournament when she tied for first in 1998.
For Starters: Arizona kicked off its 2002-03 season in style, taking the title at the Fall Preview. The Wildcats received consistent performances from each member of the lineup--helping the team to card three sub-300 rounds. The team only accomplished that feat twice in the 2001-02 season, at the PING/ASU Invitational and in its second-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
Kool Kraschinski: By winning her first career individual title at the Fall Preview, sophomore Miriam Kraschinski became the 16th golfer in Arizona history to win individual medalist honors. The tournament saw Kraschinski set a number of career bests. In addition to her career best first place finish, the sophomore from Whitianga, New Zealand shot her best single round score (70 in the second and third rounds of the Preview) and her best three-round tournament score (215). Her subpar performances in the final two rounds of the Preview marked the first time in her career that she has broken par.
On From the AJGA: Freshmen Erica Blasberg and Whitney Welch enter the University of Arizona with impressive junior golf resumes and are expected to have a significant impact on the Wildcat lineup immediately. Both have been named to the American Junior Golf Association's All-America teams on multiple occasions. Welch was named to the AJGA's All-America first-team in 2001 and won honorable mention honors in 2000. Blasberg has been honored as an All-American by the AJGA three consecutive years; winning first-team honors in 2000 and second-team honors in 2001 and 1999.
Arizona Championship Streak: Arizona extended its streak of years in which it has won a team title to eight after it captured the title at the NCAA Fall Preview in September. The last Arizona team to go winless was the 1994-95 squad, which had five top-five finishes. During the eight-season streak, Arizona has produced two national championship teams, five Pac-10 titles, four NCAA West Regional titles and 35 total tournament championships. Included in that stretch was the 1999-2000 team that won eight consecutive events.
Wildcat Coaching Staff: A five-year college coaching veteran, Greg Allen has led the Arizona Wildcats to eight tournament championships in just over two years at the helm of the program. Included in the team's accomplishments under Allen's watch are the 2001 and 2002 Pac-10 Conference Championships, a national runner-up finish and a 20-stroke victory at the 2001 NCAA West Regional. In the summer of 2001, he paired with Arizona men's head coach Rick LaRose to coach the United States team to victory in 2001 U.S.-Japan Collegiate Matches. Allen, who was hired in July 2000, came to the University of Arizona from Texas where he was the assistant coach for the Longhorns' men's golf team. Allen helped guide Texas to the 1999-2000 NCAA Central Region championship and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Prior to coaching at Texas, Allen served as Director of Tournament Operations with the American Junior Golf Association. Allen graduated from Murray State University in 1993. He is assisted by Jody Niemann-Dansie, who was hired in July 2002. Niemann-Dansie played two years on the LPGA after completing her collegiate eligibility. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and was a member of the 1997 and 1998 NCAA National Championship teams in Tempe.