Erica Blasberg Wins Stanford Women's Intercollegiate

Oct. 20, 2002

PALO ALTO, Calif. - University of Arizona women's golfer Erica Blasberg fired a three-under par 69 Sunday to claim individual medalist honors at the Stanford Women's Intercollegiate. It was her first career victory and Arizona's second individual win of the season.

Blasberg, a freshman from Corona, Calif., tallied a three-round total of 211 (-5) to win the event by five strokes over New Mexico State's Alena Sharp. After opening the event with a one-over 73, Blasberg played the final 36 holes at six-under par. She was the only player in the field of 93 to finish under par in each of the last two rounds.

Her efforts helped the top-ranked Wildcats to a fifth place finish in the 17-team field. The Cats carded a three-round total of 900 (+36) to finish 15 strokes behind tournament-winner California. Vanderbilt (887), Washington (890) and New Mexico (896) rounded out the top four places. It was also Arizona's third top-five finish in three events this season.

Also competing for the Wildcats were seniors Anne Lee and Julia Kraschinski, who tied for 30th place at 228 (+12), sophomore Miriam Kraschinski, who tied for 49th place at 234 (+18), and sophomore Mar Garcia, who tied for 66th place at 239 (+23).

Blasberg becomes the 17th Arizona player to win a collegiate tournament, and the second this season. Miriam Krachinski won the NCAA Preview on Sept. 17 in West Lafayette, Ind. It is Arizona's 59th individual victory since the 1977-78 season.

Arizona will next be in action on Nov.1-3 at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational in Auburn, Ala.

Top Five Teams       	          	Top Five Individuals1.    California	885 (+21)	1.Erica Blasberg, Arizona 	73-69-69=211 (-5)2.    Vanderbilt	887 (+23)	2.Alena Sharp, New Mexico State	71-72-73=216 (E)3.    Washington	890 (+26)	3 Vicki Laing, California    	71-72-76=219 (+3)4.    New Mexico	896 (+32)	4.Kailin Downs, New Mexico	75-72-73=220 (+4)5.    ARIZONA   	900 (+36)	  Courtney Wood, Vanderbilt	71-75-74=220 (+4)                                          Louise Friberg, Washington	72-73-75=220 (+4)                                          Katrina Leckovic, New Mexico	78-70-72=220 (+4)                                   	  Sarah Jacobs, Vanderbilt	74-77-69=220 (+4)                                   	  Ria Quiazon, California 	75-75-70=220 (+4)

Arizona Finishers 1. Erica Blasberg 73-69-69=211 (-5) T30. Anne Lee 77-78-73=228 (+12) T30. Julia Kraschinski 78-77-73=228 (+12) T49. Miriam Kraschinski 80-77-77=234 (+18) T66. Mar Garcia 79-80-80=239 (+23)

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