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No. 2 Arizona To Compete In NCAA Preview
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/10/1999
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Fall Debut: Twenty-one teams will participate in the NCAA Preview, which will take place Sept. 13-15, in Sun River, Oregon at the Crosswater Golf Club (par-72, 6,502 yards). The top 10 ranked schools in the nation, according to the MasterCard preseason collegiate golf rankings, will be in action. This will be the same course that will host this year's NCAA Championships, May 24-27, 2000. Defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Duke leads the list and is followed by No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 USC, No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 6 Texas, No. 7 Auburn, No. 8 Tulsa, No. 9 Stanford and No. 10 Arizona State. Also competing in the tournament will be No. 12 LSU, No.13 TCU, No. 15 Furman, No. 16 South Carolina, No. 17 Washington, No 18 Ohio State, No. 21 New Mexico State, No. 22 UCLA, No. 23 San Jose State, Oregon, and Oregon State.

The Format: The 54-hole event will consist of 18 holes each day. Action on day one and day two will begin at 9:20 a.m. for the Wildcats. The final round will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start on Sept. 15.

Arizona's Lineup

                      Year    1998-99 Avg. Top-10 Fin.  Top-20 Fin.

Cristina Baena        So.     75.18         5           2
Jenna Daniels         Sr.     73.90         8           1
Jill Gomric           Sr.     75.28         4           2
Christina Montiero    Sr.     78.87         1           1
Julia Kraschinski     Fr.       -           -           -

National Rankings
(MasterCard Collegiate Rankings
Pre-Season Edition - 9/1/99)

Arizona Women (No. 2 nationally)
  Jenna Daniels (2nd)
Jill Gomric (20th) 
Cristina Baena (22nd)

Another Season as One of the Nation's Best: The University of Arizona women's golf team used the 1998-99 campaign to further strengthen its status as one of the country's elite programs, while recording numerous accomplishments along the way. In addition to the Wildcats' four tournament championships, there were runner-up finishes at both the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA Regionals and a fourth place outing at the NCAA Championships. That fourth place performance may have been even better, if not for the fact that the fourth round of play was washed out due to rain and canceled. The third round scores stood as the final results, but at the time the tournament was scrapped, the UA had moved into third place with a hole to go, while the first and second place teams were still out on the course. That was the only disappointment in a year that also saw three Wildcat golfers earn first or second team All-America honors and the team finish the season ranked No. 3 in the country.

Returning Cats: The future is bright for the Cats, as they return five of their top-six golfers from last year, losing only 1998-99 senior, Krissie Register. Senior Jenna Daniels was a first team All-America selection last season, while senior Jill Gomric and sophomore Cristina Baena were All-America second team 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.

Arizona's Coaching Staff: Coach Todd McCorkle begins his second season as the head coach of the women's golf team. Before last year's extremely successful debut, McCorkle served as associate head coach for both the University of Arizona women and men's golf teams in 1997-98... That women's team won both the 1998 Pac-10 Championship and NCAA West Regional, and then placed third 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 begins her seventh year with the UA women's golf program.

Arizona at the 1999 NCAA Championships: After a two-hour thunderstorm and lightning delay, the fourth and final round of the 1999 NCAA Women's Golf Championships was canceled, and as a result, the third round results stood as the final results. Arizona was in fourth place heading into the final day. Prior to the time the round was canceled, the Wildcats were in third place after completing 16 holes of play. When play was suspended, Arizona was at 63-over-par and trailed first place Duke by eight shots and second place Arizona State by six. Individually, Jenna Daniels had moved up to eighth place at 8-over-par and Krissie Register was in 11th at 15-over-par. Duke won the team competition at 895, while Georgia and Arizona State tied for second at 903. ASU's Grace Park captured the individual medalist honors at 1-under-par 212. Arizona's Krissie Register and Jenna Daniels both tied for seventh place at 11-over-par 224. Following them were Christina Monteiro, who tied for 21st with a 15-over-par 228 (76-80-72). Jill Gomric tied for 35th at 18-over-par 231 and Cristina Baena was 47th with a 20-over-par 233.

1999 NCAA West Regional Recap: Arizona finished in second place at the 1999 NCAA West Regionals, after posting a team total of 26-over-par 890. The tournament was held in Houston at the Pine Forest Country Club (Par-72, 6,119 yards) and was won by USC, which posted a three-round total of 879. The Wildcat's Jenna Daniels won the individual race by recording a 5-under-par 211 (70-67-74). Arizona State's Grace Park and Nevada's Angie Yoon tied for second place at 215. Arizona freshman Cristina Baena finished tied for 19th place with 10-over-par 226.

A Look at the 1999 Pac-10 Championships: In an attempt to win its third consecutive Pac-10 crown, the UA came up just short, finishing second to Stanford. Held at the Stanford Golf Course, the Wildcats had a four-round total of 888, which was 12 shots behind the Cardinal's 976 total. Arizona's top golfer was Cristina Baena, who shot a 3-over-par 219 and finished in a tie for sixth. ASU's Grace Park won medalist honors with a 5-under-par 211. The UA's Jill Gomric also turned in a top-10 performance, placing eighth with a 4-over-par 220.

Wildcat Women's Golf Dominance: In the past four years, Arizona's average finish at the Pac-10 Championships is a league-best 1.75... The Wildcats also own the best average finish at the NCAA West Regionals during this same time frame (1.50)... At the last four NCAA Championships, the UA has an average finish of 2.75, which is second only to Arizona State (2.50)... The following charts are breakdowns of the top-five in each category:

Pac-10 Championships
Average Finish Last Four Years

                1996    1997    1998    1999    Avg
ARIZONA            3       1       1       2    1.75
Arizona St.        1       2       2       3    2.00
UCLA               2       3       4       4    3.25
Stanford           3       4       6       1    3.50
USC                7       6       3       5    5.25    

NCAA West Regional Championships
Average Finish Last Four Years
            
                1996    1997    1998    1999    Avg
ARIZONA            1       2       1       2    1.50
Arizona St.        5       1       2       3    2.75
Stanford           7       3       3       5    4.50
Tulsa              3       8       4       7    5.50
USC               11       5      12       1    7.25


NCAA Championships
Average Finish Last Four Years

                1996    1997    1998    1999    Avg
Arizona St.        6       1       1       2    2.50
ARIZONA            1       3       3       4    2.75
Stanford           5       4       8       8    6.25
Tulsa             10       8       6       6    7.50
Duke               7     DNQ       4       1    7.75

Wildcat Golf Tradition: The UA has produced three national players of the year - Annika Sorenstam in 1991 and Marisa Baena in 1996 and 1997... There have been three national champions from Arizona... Susan Slaughter won it in 1990, Sorenstam in 1991 and Baena in 1996... In the past four years, Arizona has had 12 All-America first team, second team or honorable mention performers... Further, there have been 18 All-Pac-10 first, second or honorable mention team selections in that time span as well... Overall, Arizona has produced 13 first team All-Americans... In the 1990s, the Wildcats have won 32 tournaments and had 27 individual tourney champions.

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