Wildcats Take a Week Off After Taking 3rd Place Last Weekend

Sept. 17, 2003

Tee Box: The Arizona women's golf team placed third this past weekend in Alabama at the NCAA Fall Preview. The tournament was held at Grand National Lake Course. The Wildcats will take one week off before competing in the Mason Rudolph Invitational in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 26-28.

NCAA Fall Preview: The tournament was hotly contested all weekend by host school Auburn, Duke and Arizona. After the first day of competition, Arizona sat in third place, shooting 1-over-par 289, behind Duke and Auburn. Arizona golfer Cassandra Kirkland tied for second place with Auburn's Nicole Hage with the score of 4-under-par 68 after the first round. Saturday's second round shifted the leader board, with Arizona leading the field by stroking 4-over-par 292. Sophomores Cassandra Kirkland and Erica Blasberg held the top two positions on the leader board. Kirkland led with the score of even par 72. Blasberg trailed Kirkland, shooting 2-under-par 70. On the final day of competition, Arizona finished third behind Auburn and Duke, who tied for first place. Duke won a playoff hole to win the tournament. Kirkland and Blasberg tied for third place by shooting 1-under-par 215.

Wonderful Wildcats: Sophomore Whitney Welch tied for 29th by shooting 9-over-par 225 at the NCAA Fall Preview. Lone junior Mar Garcia tied with three other golfers at 32nd, collecting the score of 10-over-par 226. Lani Elston, a sophomore transfer from the University of Idaho, tied for 36th, carding 11-over-par 227.

Superior Sophomores: Head coach Greg Allen took four sophomores to compete at the NCAA Fall Preview. Erica Blasberg, Lani Elston, Whitney Welch and Cassandra Kirkland helped lead Arizona to its third- place finish to start the year.

Head Coach Greg Allen's Thoughts: 'We had a productive weekend. We did everything we wanted, putting us in the position to win. We came up short, but it was a good experience for our players. They played with a lot of heart and passion.'

Musical Magic: Music major and sophomore transfer Lani Elston was in search of a piano to practice after Friday's round. Auburn's senior women's administrator Barbara Camp allowed Elston to use her piano at her house to fulfill her practice requirements. As the music filled Camp's house Friday night, she described it as the most beautiful thing she had ever heard.

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