Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Golf Notes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 21, 2000
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(MasterCard Collegiate Rankings
Fourth Edition - 3/15/2000)

Arizona Women (No. 1 nationally)

Jenna Daniels (2nd)
Cristina Baena (8th)
Jill Gomric (11th)
Cristina Monteiro (26th)
Julia Kraschinski (53rd)

This Week: The first-ranked Arizona women's golf team will try to win its fourth consecutive tournament when it travels to Walmanalo, Oahu, for the 15th Annual Dr. Donnis Thompson Rainbow Wahine Invitational, Tuesday, March 28, through Thursday, March 30, 2000. The tournament will be held at the Olomana Golf Course, which is a par-72, 5,887 yard layout. The Wildcats will also go after their fifth tournament title overall on the season and are the defending Champions of this tournament.

The Format: The 54-hole event will consist of 18 holes each day, with a shotgun start set for 11:30 a.m. MST each day.

The Field: Five of the nation's top 25 teams will be in action, according to the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings - - No. 1 Arizona, No. 3 USC, No. 8 Pepperdine, No. 9 Oklahoma State and No. 20 Oklahoma. Also participating will be Colorado, Hawaii, Minnesota, Oregon State, Osaka Gakuin, UTEP, Texas Tech and Weber State.

Last Action: The last outing for the Wildcats was the Arizona Invitational, held in Tucson, Ariz., at the Randolph Park Golf Club. The Wildcats took home their second first place title of the Spring posting a total of 7-under-par 857. Two Arizona Wildcats - Jenna Daniels and Christina Monteiro tied for fifth at 3-under-216. Daniels who is one of the nation's top-ranked golfers, shot a 68 on the third day of play to help move up from 17th place. The rest of the Arizona lineup included Jill Gomric, who placed 12th with a 1-under-par 215; Cristina Baena, who tied for 20th at 3-over-par 219 and Julia Kraschinski, who tied for 61st with a 12-over-par 228. One Wildcat golfer, Anne Lee, was competing as an individual and she tied for 41st with an 8-over-par 224.

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 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.

Arizona's Lineup for the Tournament:

Women Year 1999-00 Avg. Top-10 Fin. Top-20 Fin. Jenna Daniels Sr. 71.72 6 - Cristina Baena So. 73.11 3 3 Jill Gomric Sr. 73.33 3 3 Christina Monteiro Sr. 75.83 2 - Julia Kraschinski Fr. 75.66 - 3