Six Wildcats in Top 25 as Arizona Women's Golf Grabs Lead at Mason Rudolph Championships

Sept. 23, 2002

FRANKLIN, Tenn.--Arizona posted two of only four sub-300 rounds Monday at the Mason Rudolph Championships women's golf tournament to position itself in first place with 18 holes remaining. The Wildcats stand at 7-over-par 583 after the first and second rounds at the Legends Club of Tennessee's Iron Horse Course.

Arizona, with rounds of 296 and 287, sits four strokes ahead of tournament host Vanderbilt who is at 11-over-par 587. Tennessee is third at 29-over-par 605, while Ohio State and Furman round out the top five, respectively.

Individually, Arizona freshman Erica Blasberg holds the lead as she posted the first subpar round of her collegiate career by shooting a 3-under-par 69 in Monday's second round. Courtney Wood of Vanderbilt is second at 1-over 145, four strokes back of the leader. Blasberg, who last week opened her UA career with a tie for 21st at the NCAA Fall Preview, began the Mason Rudolph Championships by shooting even-par 72.

Sophomore Miriam Kraschinski, fresh off her first career victory at the NCAA Fall Preview, opened the tournament with a 5-over-par 77, but rebounded to shoot 2-under 70 in the afternoon round. Her two-round total puts her tied for third at 3-over-par 147. Senior Anne Lee joins Kraschinski in the tie for third place as the Southern California native carded rounds of 73 and 74 to also stand at 3-over-par for the tournament.

Freshman Whitney Welch, from Las Vegas, Nev., continued her opening campaign as she occupies 13th place at 6-over-par 150. Senior Laura Myerscough is the fifth member of the Arizona lineup in the top 20 after rounds one and two. Myerscough posted scores of 75 and 77 to stand in 17th place. Senior Julia Kraschinski, making her season debut, used rounds of 76 and 77 to grab a share of 23rd place at 9-over 153.

The Wildcats will close action at the Mason Rudolph Championships Tuesday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

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