Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Women's Golfers Will Host Wildcat Invitatinal on Feb. 21-23
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 16, 2000
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1999-2000  Women's Golf Schedule
Date            Event                   Place   
Sept. 13-15     NCAA Preview               T2
Sept. 23-25     Dick McGuire Invit.        1
Oct. 22-24      Stanford/Pepsi Invit.      5    
Nov. 5-7        Golf World Invit.          1    
Feb. 7-9        Regional Challenge         1
Feb. 21-23      Wildcat Invitational
Mar. 28-30      Rainbow Invitational    
April 7-9       ASU Ping Invitational
April 24-26     Pac-10 Championships
May 11-13       NCAA West Regionals     
May 24-27       NCAA Championships      
National Rankings

Arizona Women (No. 1 nationally) Jenna Daniels (1st) Cristina Baena (11th) Jill Gomric (12th)

This Week: The first-ranked Arizona women's golf team hosts the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, which is part of the 1999-2000 Rolex Collegiate Tour, Monday, Feb. 21, through Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000. The tournament will be held at the Randolph Park Golf Club in Tucson, which is a par-70, 6,123 yard layout. The Wildcats, who have three golfers ranked maong the nation's top-12, will go after their fourth tournament title of the season and are the defending champions of this tournament.

The Format: The 54-hole event will consist of 18 holes each day.

The Field: The field boasts 16 of the nation's top 25 teams, including seven of the top 10 teams, according to the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings - - No. 1 Arizona, No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Southern California, No. 4 Arizona State, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Stanford, No. 7 New Mexico State, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Tulsa, No. 15 Purdue, No. 18 New Mexico, No. 19 Tennessee, No. 20 San Jose State, No. 23 UCLA and No. 24 Oregon. Also competing in the tournament will be Hawaii, Oregon State and Washington.

Arizona's Lineup for the Tournament:

Women              Year    1999-00 Avg.    Top-10 Fin.     Top-20 Fin.
Jenna Daniels      Sr.     71.86                   5               -
Cristina Baena     So.     73.13                   3               2
Jill Gomric        Sr.     73.66                   3               2
Christina Montiero Sr.     76.80                   1               -
Julia Kraschinski  Fr.     75.60                   -               3    
Last Action: The Arizona women's golf team won the TRW Regional Challenge, on Feb. 7-9, in what was the first tournament of the spring season for the Cats. As a team, the Wildcats finished with a score of 869, 17-over-par, at the par-71, 5,900-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club in the Palos Verdes Calif. Junior Christina Monteiro finished 2-over-par 215, to tie her for fourth place. Wildcat junior Jenna Daniels moved up 16 places in the final round to finish tied for eighth place with sophomore Cristina Baena (5-over-par 218). UA senior Jill Gomric tied for 10th place at 8-over-par 221. Rounding out the Arizona line up was freshman Julia Kraschinski, who tied for 37th place with a three day total of 17-over-par 230.

Arizona's Coaching Staff: Coach Todd McCorkle is in his second season as head coach of the women's golf team. Prior to last year, McCorkle served as UA Director of Golf Rick LaRose's associate head coach for both the Arizona women's and men's teams in 1997-98... Last year, the women's team finished second at both the Pac-10 Championship and NCAA West Regional, and then placed fourth in the NCAA Championships... Prior to coming to Tucson, McCorkle was the head coach of the Coastal Carolina men's and women's golf teams... He is assisted by Amy Solfisburg, who is in her seventh year with the UA women's golf program.

UA Golf Notes: Arizona has five of its top six golfers back from last year, losing only 1998-99 senior Krissie Register. Senior Jenna Daniels, who is the nation's top-ranked golfer, was a first team All-America selection last season, while senior Jill Gomric and sophomore Cristina Baena were second team All-America performers. Daniels and Gomric were both selected to the All-Pac-10 Conference first team in voting that was done by league head coaches... Baena was named to the All-Pac-10 second team. In addition, Gomric was named to the All-Pac-10-Academic first team, while senior Shannon Ingalls and junior Christina Monteiro were honorable mention All-Pac-10 academic selections.