Nov. 7, 2001
Teeing Off: The seventh-ranked Arizona women's golf team closes its fall schedule this weekend as it travels to Alabama to participate in the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational. Action begins Friday, Nov. 9, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 11. First- and second-round tee-times will run from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., while Sunday's final round will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Schedule Change: Head coach Greg Allen added the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational to the Wildcats' schedule in place of the Golf World Invitational. Officials from the publication cancelled the tournament after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. Auburn decided to host a tournament to replace the cancelled Golf World Invitational, with the same teams competing.
Course: The Auburn University Club will serve as site of the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational. Located in Auburn, Ala., the Auburn University Club is a par-72 layout that will play to a length of 6,234 yards for the tournament.
The Field: All 12 teams in the field are ranked in the latest edition of the Golf World Women's College Coaches Poll. Eleven of the 12 teams sit in the top 15 of the poll, while eight teams in the top 10 will participate, including seventh-ranked Arizona and top-ranked Auburn, tournament host. No. 1 Auburn, No. 2 Tulsa, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Duke, No. 6 Georgia, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Southern California, No. 14 Stanford, Nos. 15 Pepperdine and Tennessee and No. 22 UCLA are all slated to compete.
A Look at the Rankings: Arizona sits in seventh in the latest edition of the Golf World College Coaches Poll with 162 points, just two points behind defending national champion Georgia. The Golfweek/Sagarin performance index slots the Wildcats at No. 17. Individually, sophomore Lorena Ochoa is rated No. 3 by the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index after winning each tournament she has competed in this season.
Probable Wildcat Lineup:
Golfer Year Avg. Top 10/20 Low Rnd. Events
Lorena Ochoa So. 70.37 3/0 67 3
Laura Myerscough Jr. 75.37 1/1 72 3
Anne Lee Jr. 76.25 0/1 76 3
Miriam Kraschinski Fr. 79.40 0/0 76 2
Cathie Williamson Sr. 79.50 0/0 77 2
Last Time Out at the Hawaii Fall Invitational: The fourth-ranked Wildcats claimed second place after finishing 21 strokes behind tournament champion New Mexico at the Hawaii Fall Invitational. Sophomore Lorena Ochoa won her third tournament championship of the season as she closed action at 2-over-par 218. Arizona shot a final-round 302, its best round of the 54-hole tournament. California posted a three-round team total of 911 to wrap up the tournament six strokes back of the Wildcats in third place. The win was the seventh of Ochoa's career. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native's streak of consecutive top-three finishes reached 12 tournaments after competing in Hawaii. Junior Laura Myerscough posted another top-15 finish, closing the tournament at 12-over-par 228 to tie for 14th. Junior Anne Lee, from Northridge, Calif., finished tied for 22nd place at 14-over-par 230. Also scoring for Arizona were senior Cathie Williamson and freshman Miriam Kraschinski. Williamson tied for 36th, while Kraschinski took 54th place.
Looking at Lorena: Arizona sophomore Lorena Ochoa is off to a sizzling start in her second campaign as a Wildcat. Last month, she competed in her third tournament of the season and won medalist honors for the third time. The victories bring her career total to seven wins. The 5-foot-7-inch standout from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in the midst of a streak of 12 tournaments, dating to Sept. 2000, where she has not finished a competition lower than third place. During those 12 tournaments, Ochoa has taken first seven times, finished second four times and tied for third just once.
Oregon Trail Proves Successful for Lee: Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Ore., has been the site of two of junior Anne Lee's career-best rounds. At the Oregon State Invitational held at Trysting Tree in early October, Lee fired a 1-under-par 71 to set a new career low. The mark eclipsed her old personal best of even-par 72, which she shot on two occasions. Most recently, Lee carded a 72 at Trysting Tree during the Wildcats' 20-stroke victory at the NCAA West Regional. The junior from Northridge, Calif., also shot 72 at the 2001 Wildcat Invitational.
Re-Writing The Record Books: Ochoa's three-round total at the Oregon State Invitational of 10-under-par 206 set a new Arizona record for individual 54-hole score. The previous mark of 207 was shared by former Wildcat standouts Leta Lindley (Feb. 24-25, 1992, Arizona Inv., Randolph North GC), Jenna Daniels (April 7-9, 2000, PING/ASU Inv., Karsten GC) and Natalie Gulbis (May 10-12, 2001, Pac-10 Chmps., Karsten GC).
Sister, Sister: With freshman Miriam Kraschinski joining the squad, the Wildcats added another pair of sisters to the Arizona golf family. Miriam joins her sophomore sister Julia in the program. They join current Wildcat Cristina Baena and her sister, LPGA star Marisa, as the only siblings to have competed for Arizona.
Wildcat Coaching Staff: Now in his second year with the Arizona golf program, Greg Allen has led the team to six tournament championships, including the 2001 Pac-10 Conference Championship and a 20-stroke victory at the 2001 NCAA West Regional. This summer, he paired with Arizona men's head coach Rick LaRose to coach the United States team to victory in 2001 U.S.-Japan Collegiate Matches. Allen, who was hired in July 2000, came to the University of Arizona from Texas where he was the assistant coach for the Longhorns' men's golf team. Allen helped guide Texas to the 1999-2000 NCAA Central Region championship and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. 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. He is assisted by Holly Carriker, who joined the staff in September. Carriker competed collegiately at USC for two years before transferring to Texas, where she completed her remaining eligibility. The Texas native is a member of the LPGA's Teaching & Club Professional Division.