Arizona Freshman Golfer Erica Blasberg Top Ranked in Golfweek Poll

Nov. 18, 2002

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona's women's golfer Erica Blasberg is the nation's top-rated golfer in the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index. The Wildcats remain the nation's top-ranked squad with a performance rating of 70.31.

Blasberg surpassed Pepperdine's Katherine Hull to take over the top spot in the publication's poll after Hull shot 4-over-par 220 in the final tournament of the fall season to drop her performance rating to 70.49.

The Wildcats now boast the nation's top individual and team rankings. Arizona remains rated first in the final fall edition of the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index. The Wildcats have garnered top-five finishes in each of its four tournaments.

The Wildcats have a rating of 72.31 to position itself ahead of second-rated Oklahoma State which sits at 72.45. Auburn, Vanderbilt and Duke round out the top five, respectively.

Blasberg, who owns a performance rating of 70.31, closed the fall season with five consecutive rounds of par or better to bring her stroke average to 72.25. The 5-foot-6-inch freshman from Corona, Calif., won her first career title at the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate to become the 17th woman in Arizona history to win an individual title.

Arizona closed its fall season on a high note as it posted its best 54-hole team score at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational, the fall's final event. Among the nation's toughest competition, the Wildcats placed third with a score of 882 (+18).

The Wildcats begin the spring portion of the schedule on Feb. 10 at the TRW Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

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