April 30, 2001
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Arizona head women's golf coach Greg Allen has been named head coach of the United States team for 2001 U.S.-Japan Collegiate Matches, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced. Wildcat freshman Natalie Gulbis was selected as one of four collegiates to compete for the United States.
The competition is scheduled to take place July 2-5, 2001, at Verde Sano Golf Club, located in Sano shi, Tochigi, Japan. The annual matches consist of a Walker Cup format between collegiate teams from Japan and the United States.
Allen joins Arizona Director of Golf Rick LaRose, who was named head coach of the men's team last week. In just his first year at the University of Arizona, Allen has led the Wildcats to five tournament championships. His squad has been ranked no lower than No. 2 all season.
"I am honored to be selected for this position and am thrilled to have the chance to go to Japan and represent the United States," Allen said. "I'm even more excited to have Natalie Gulbis along with us to represent the University of Arizona and to be there with (men's coach) Rick LaRose."
Gulbis joins Stacy Prammanasudh of Tulsa, Summer Sirmons of Georgia and Natalie Tucker of Indiana on the U.S. women's team. Gulbis, a native of Citrus Heights, Calif., has competed in eight events for the Wildcats this year and has finished in the top 10 five times, including medalist honors at the TRW Regional Challenge and the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Invitational.
"I am very excited to go overseas and play," Gulbis said. "There's nothing better than playing in a team event like that."