Women's Golf Returns To Pacific Northwest for Oregon State Invitational

Oct. 5, 2001

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Teeing Off: Arizona returns to the Pacific Northwest Monday when they travel to Corvallis,Ore., to compete in the Oregon State Invitational at Trysting Tree Golf Club. The tournament begins play Monday and will run through Wednesday.

Format: Teams will play 18 holes Monday through Wednesday. Fixed tee times will be used for the first two rounds and a shotgun start will kick off the final round. Play begins on the first and 10th tees at 8:30 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, with final-round action beginning at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. Five players will compete, with the four low scores counting toward the team total.

Course: Trysting Tree Golf Club, which opened in 1988, is a par-72, 6,072-yard layout. The club served as host of the 2001 NCAA West Regional

The Field: Nineteen teams and three individuals will compete this week. Arizona, Boise State, BYU, California, Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Idaho, Long Beach State, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland State, Stanford, San Francisco, UNLV, Washington, Washington State and Weber State. Two individuals from host Oregon State and one from Washington will also compete.

Wildcat Lineup:Golfer NotesLorena Ochoa, So. 2001 Natl. Player of the Year, 5 career tournament titlesLaura Myerscough, Jr. Tied for 41st at the NCAA Fall PreviewAnne Lee, Jr. Shot career low round 72 at Trysting Tree last seasonJulia Kraschinski, Jr. 2000 NCAA runner-up has 5 career top-20 finishesCathie Williamson, Sr. Competing in first varsity event after making one appearance as an individual

Last Time Out at the NCAA Fall Preview: Arizona sophomore Lorena Ochoa won her first tournament of the season at the NCAA Fall Preview, after tournament officials cancelled the third round due to rain and determined the 36-hole totals would be the final results. The Wildcats finished in 11th place as a team with a two-round total of 606. Ochoa used consecutive sub-par rounds of 71 and 68 to claim her first title of the season with a two-round total of 5-under-par 139. The 2001 NCAA Fall Preview marks Ochoa's fifth career championship. Junior Laura Myerscough wrapped up play with a two-round total of 8-over-par 152, while junior Anne Lee shot a two-round score of 11-over-par 155. Myerscough and Lee finished tied for 41st and 64th places, respectively. Also scoring for Arizona were the Kraschinski sisters. Freshman Miriam Kraschinski tied for 93rd, while junior Julia finished in 118th place.

Last Time at Trysting Tree Golf Club: Natalie Gulbis capped her first-ever NCAA West Regional women's golf tournament with a final round of 1-under 71 to help her Wildcats to the team title and claim medalist honors in the process. The freshman shot a total of 9-under 207 at the par-72, 6,089-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club over the 54-hole tournament, while Arizona put up a team total of 4-over-par 868 to win by 20 strokes. Claiming the second spot in the individual race was Gulbis' teammate and fellow freshman Lorena Ochoa, who burned the course for a final-round 69 to shoot 210 for the tournament. The dominant performance gave Arizona its second consecutive NCAA West Regional Championship and its fourth in the last six years.

Preseason Poll: Arizona debuted at No. 4 in the preseason edition of Golf World magazine's College Coaches' Poll. Sophomore Lorena Ochoa is the nation's top-ranked individual after spending the majority of her freshman season ranked No. 1. Ochoa also occupies the top spot in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Junior Julia Kraschinski was listed in Golf World magazine's 'Best of the Rest' list of top 50 college golfers. As a team, the Wildcats are ranked 18th in an early version of the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Ochoa On the Prowl: Sophomore Lorena Ochoa won her fifth collegiate tournament at the NCAA Fall Preview last month. The sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico, has not finished a tournament lower than third place since her collegiate debut last September at the 2000 NCAA Fall Preview where she tied for ninth. She holds a streak of 10 consecutive top-10 finishes.

All in the Family: With freshman Miriam Kraschinski making her collegiate debut, the Wildcats will add another pair of sisters to the Arizona golf family. Miriam joins her sophomore sister Julia in the lineup. They join current Wildcat Cristina Baena and her sister LPGA star Marisa as the only siblings to have competed for Arizona.

Wildcat Coaching Staff: Now in his second year with the Arizona golf program, Greg Allen led the team to six tournament championships, including the Pac-10 Conference Championship and a 20-stroke victory at the NCAA West Regional. This summer, he paired with Arizona men's head coach Rick LaRose to coach the United States team to victory in 2001U.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 Holly Carriker, who joined the staff in September. Carriker competed collegiately at USC for two years before transfering to Texas, where she completed her remaining eligibility. The Texas native is a member of the LPGA's Teaching & Club Professional Division.

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