Wildcats Gear Up For Palo Alto After Season's First Victory inSeattle

Oct. 14, 2003

Teeing Off: The Arizona women's golf team were victorious Oct.6-8 in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Seattle, Wash. The team took first, and individually, sophomore Erica Blasberg tied for first. Up next for the second ranked Wildcats is the Pepsi-Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Oct. 17-19.

The Schedule: The Arizona is set to tee off at 8 a.m. PST, for Friday's first round and Saturday's second round. Sunday's final round will be a shot gun start at a 8:30 a.m. PST.

The Course: The 2003 Pepsi-Stanford Invitational will be contested at the Stanford Golf Course. Stanford Golf Course is set in the foothills overseeing the Stanford campus. The course has been rated as one of the top-courses in the world. The course was designed in 1930 by William Bell and George C. Thomas Jr. The course has been a host to numerous tournaments. The course is Par 72 set across 6,154 yards.

The Field: (2) Arizona, (6) California, Oregon State, (4) New Mexico, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Texas A & M, (1) Duke, (9) Vanderbilt, (17) Pepperdine, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico State, Washington State, (5) UCLA, San Jose, (25) Stanford, (19) Tulsa

Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational: The Arizona women's golf team came from behind Wednesday to win the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Seattle, Wash. The Wildcats trailed the second-round leader California by one stroke going into the third round. Arizona stroked a 304 (+16) on Wednesday to placed first. UA shot 32-over-par 896 for the tournament. California (899) and UCLA (899) finished tied at second, three strokes behind the tournament champion Wildcats. Southern California (914) occupied third place. Oregon held fifth place with a 60-over-par 924.Individually Arizona sophomore Erica Blasberg tied for first, after shooting a 219 (+3). This is the second consecutive first place finish of the season for the native of Corona, Calif. On Sept. 26-28 Blasberg took first at the Mason Rudolph Invitational. Sophomore Whitney Welch tied for seventh after shooting 7-over-par 223. Junior Mar Garcia tied for ninth at 8-over-par 224. Sophomore Lani Elston finished tied at 28th after shooting 16-over-par 232. Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland tied for 34th after shooting 18-over-par 234.

Wildcat Lineup and 2003-04 stats: Erica Blasberg (71.88), Miriam Kraschinski (78.33), Whitney Welch (75.22), Mar Garcia (75.88), Lani Elston (76.55), Katie Christy (First Tournament of the Season/Competing as an Individual).

Last Year At The Pepsi-Stanford Invitational: University of Arizona women's golfer Erica Blasberg fired a three-under-par 69 to claim individual medalist honor's at the 2002 Stanford Women's Intercollegiate. It was her first career victory and Arizona'a second indiviual win of the 2002-03 season. Blasberg, who was a freshman from Corona, Calif. last year, 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-par 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 the first three events the 2002-03 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).

Living Up To The Hype: Sophomore Erica Blasberg, a pre-season All-American selection, won her second individual title of the season at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Seattle, Wash. Blasberg's first season victory came a week earlier at the Mason Rudolph Invitational.

Rising Star: The Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational was the first top-ten finish of the 2003-04 season for sophmore Whitney Welch. Welch steadied herself in the top-fifteen through the first two days of competition. She stroked a 73 (+2) in the third round to tie her for seventh. Welch's highest finish this season, before the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, was when she tied for 29th at the NCAA Fall Preview.

Coach Allen's Thoughts on Team: 'It was nice to get a win under our belt. It's been awhile since we've won as a team, which made this win nice. We played under tough conditions on Sunday on a very difficult course and it was good to see the girls hang in there coming down the stretch.'

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