Wildcat Women's Golf Takes Ninth Place at Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational

March 26, 2002

AUSTIN, Texas--The Arizona women's golf team again battled harsh weather,cold temperatures and rain during the final two rounds of the Betsy RawlsLonghorn Invitational Tuesday to finish in ninth place at 966.

Duke won the tournament championship with a three-round team total of68-over-par 920. Individually, Janice Olivencia of Texas claimed medalisthonors with a 54-hole score of 5-over 218.

'There was nothing good happening today,' head coach Greg Allen said aboutthe near-freezing temperatures in Austin. 'The conditions were brutal.'

Three Wildcats wrapped up play in the tournament at 26-over-par 239 toshare 24th place. Junior Laura Myerscough closed the tournament with afinal-round 75 to claim a share of 24th. Joining Myerscough in the tie for24th were senior Cristina Baena and freshman Miriam Kraschinski.

The top-25 finish marks the sixth time in seven events this season thatMyerscough, from Charleston, Ill., completed a tournament in the top 25.Tying for 24th place also marks the highest-career finish for freshmanMiriam Kraschinski.

'Laura had it going today until the rain came in,' Allen said. 'But theweather just took too much out of everyone. The weather was everyone'sbiggest obstacle to shooting a good score today.'

Freshman Mar Garcia battled injury and wound up in a tie for 54th place injust her second collegiate tournament, completing play at 249. SeniorCathie Williamson completed the Arizona lineup and took 67th place at 256.

Arizona returns to the Grand Canyon State for its next event as theytravel north on April 5 to in-state rival Arizona State for the PING/ASUInvitational. The tournament held at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.,is the Wildcats' final tuneup before they open postseason play at thePac-10 Conference Championships in Walla Walla, Wash., on April 22.

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