Women's Golf Travels To The Pac-10 Tournament

April 13, 2004

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Teeing Off: The Arizona Women's golf team travels to southern California for the 2004 Pac-10 Women's Golf Tournament in Somis, Calif., at the Saticoy Country Club on April 19-21, 2004.

The Rankings: The Wildcats stayed in 11th on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Arizona had been previously ranked as high as second in the poll since the beginning of the fall season, but then took a drop after their ninth place finish at the Wildcat Invitational. Individually, sophomore Erica Blasberg stayed in fourth with a rating of 70.45.

The Course: The 2004 Pac-10 Championship will be held this year at Saicoy Country Club. The course Par 72 over 6,405 yards.

The Field: All Pac-10 teams will participate; ARIZONA, Arizona State, Southern California, UCLA, California, Stanford, Oregon State, Oregon, Washington State, Washington

Last Year At The Pac-10 Championship: Arizona's bid for a fourth consecutive Pac-10 women's golf championship fell just short as the squad took second place, finishing five strokes behind champion California. The Wildcats and Golden Bears each shot 1-over-par 301 in the final round to finish at 897 (+33) and 892 (+28), respectively. The Golden Bears won their first conference championship on the strength of an individual medalist performance by Vikki Laing, who finished first at even-par 216. Following California and Arizona in third place was UCLA which totaled a three-round score of 902 (+38). Southern California took fourth place. Arizona freshman Erica Blasberg notched her sixth top-five finish of the season, taking third place at 3-over-par 219. She completed the back nine at 2-under par after a rocky start to Saturday's round. The freshman from Corona, Calif., carded a 1-over 73 in the final round. Senior Laura Myerscough tied for 10th place at 9-over-par 225. Her final round score of 74 (+2) pushed her into the top 10 finishers at the conference tournament for the second straight year. Anne Lee was unable to hold onto the momentum that had positioned her in fifth place entering today's round. The senior from Northridge, Calif., carded a final-round 81 (+9) to close the event at 11-over-par 227. She tied for 14th place. Freshman Cassandra Kirkland posted her best score of the three-day tournament Saturday, shooting 3-over-par 75. Kirkland tied for 21st at 15-over-par 231.Rounding out the Arizona lineup was sophomore Miriam Kraschinski who tied for 26th at 233 (+17). She shot 7-over-par 79 in the final round. Freshman Whitney Welch competed as an individual and tied for 33rd.

Wildcat Line-Up: Erica Blasberg (72.10), Cassandra Kirkland (76.25), Mar Garcia (77.00), Lani Elston (76.54), Miriam Kraschinski (79.28), Whitney Welch (79.08)

Title Town : At the last seven Pac-10 tournament the Wildcats have won five of the Pac-10 team titles. The Wildcats additionally won in 1992.

Extravaganza Allen: Wildcat Head Coach Greg Allen will participate in the 2004 Wildcat Extravaganza, along with Athletic Director Jim Livingood and Head Football Coach Mike Stoops to name a few. The golf action will tee off on Friday, April 16 at the Wildcats home course Arizona National.

The Best Of The Pac-10s: In the last 12 years five Wildcats won Pac-10 championship individual meadlist honors. Annika Sorenstam (1992) was the first Arizona golfer to claim that honor, wih Lorena Ochoa being the last in 2001.

Effective Elston: Sophomore Lani Elston shot her career best as a Wildcat in the PING/ASU Invitational. She ended the tournament carding a 219 (+3) and also shot a career round of 69 in the final round.

Minus One: Sophomore Erica Blasberg did not make the trip to Austin, Texas for the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational because she will participate in the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship which is being held at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on March 25-28, 2004. Blasberg shot a 15-over-par 159 to miss the cut.

Jumpin' In: Sophomore Erica Blasberg made an appearance in the LPGA's Welch's/Fry's Championship in Tucson, Ariz. on March 11-14th. Blasberg along with Joan Pitcock were sponsor exemption participatants in this event. Blasberg shot a 146 (+6) and did not make the cut. Several former Wildcats joined Blasberg, the list includes; Lorena Ochoa, Marisa Baena, Jenna Daniels, Natalie Gulbis, Chris Johnson, Kathryn Marshall, Laura Myerscoug

A and B: The Wildcats spilt their team for the Mountain View Collegiate. Arizona used their B-squad to compete.

Classic Christy: Sophomore Katie Christy shot her best as a Wildcat in the Mountain View Collegiate. Christy finished the tournament 21-over-par 237. Saturday's afternoon round was Christy's collegiate best round of golf. She went 1-under-par 71.

Golfin' Gavin: Freshman Rachel Gavin played her collegiate best at the Mountain View Collegiate. Gavin shot a 242 (+26) at the tournament.

Not Sweet Home: The Wildcats suffered their worst finish of the 2003-04 season at their home tournament, the Wildcat Invitational. Arizona finished ninth out of 15 teams on their home course, Arizona National. At the 2003 Wildcat Invitational the women's golfers placed ninth also.

Drivin' in the Rain: At the Wildcat Invitational on Monday, February 23 rain drenched Arizona National and the women golfers competing. Several player blamed the rain for their woes, while others flurished in the stormy conditions.

Making The Grade: In the Dec. 20-27, 2003 issue of Golfweek the Arizona Women's Golfers recieved a letter grade of A. The Golfweek staff cited 'All four finishes in top-6, including a victory at Washington' as the reason for the A grade.

Sophomore Sensation: Sophomore Erica Blasberg, a pre-season All-American selection, won three individual title during the fall season. Her latest at the Pepsi-Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on Oct. 17-19. Blasberg's first season victory came at the Mason Rudolph Invitational on Sept. 26-28, followed by her second victory at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational on Oct. 6-8.

Record Setting Blasberg: The Pepsi-Stanford Invitational was Erica Blasberg's best three-rounds of golf in her career at Arizona. In all three rounds Blasberg shot under par, carding a 209 (-7) to tie her with Duke's Elizabeth Janangelo for first.

Wonderful Welch: Sophomore Whitney Welch shot her collegiate best, by posting 73-75-73-221(+5) at the Pepsi-Stanford Invitational.

Cool Cassandra: Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland stayed in the top five throughout all three rounds at the NCAA Fall Preview. On her first day of competition Kirkland tied with Auburn's Nicole Hage, with both carding 4-under-par 68. On her second day, she stood atop the leader board at the Preview by shooting an even par 72. In her final round Kirkland tied with fellow Wildcat sophomore Erica Blasberg after shooting a 1-under-par.

New to the Greens: The Wildcat Invitational was the first event of the season for freshman Rachel Gavin. Gavin placed tied for 61st after shooting 31-over-par 244.

Superior Sophomores: Head coach Greg Allen took four sophomores to the team's first three events of the fall. Erica Blasberg, Lani Elston, Whitney Welch and Cassandra Kirkland helped the Wildcats place in the top five in the Fall's first three events.

Wildcat Coaching Staff: A six-year college coaching veteran, Greg Allen has led the Arizona Wildcats to nine tournament championships in just four years at the helm of the program. Included in the team's accomplishments under Allen are the 2001 and 2002 Pac-10 Conference Championships, a national runner-up finish and a 20-stroke victory at the 2001 NCAA West Regional. Allen, hired in July 2000, came to the University of Arizona from Texas where he was the assistant coach for the Longhorn's men's golf team. Prior to coaching at Texas, Allen served as Director of Tournament Operations with the American Junior Golf Association. Allen graduated from Murray State University in 1993. Jody Niemann-Dansie, hired in July of 2002, assists him. Niemann-Danise played two years on the LPGA after completing her collegiate eligibility. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and was a member of the 1997 and 1998 NCAA National Championship team in Tempe.

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