Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Golf Heads to Nashville
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 12, 2007
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Whatˇ?s Happening in the Clubhouse: The No. 9 Arizona womenˇ?s golf team will tee-off Friday through Sunday, September 14-16, at the Mason Rudolph Championship hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Course: ?The Vanderbilt Legends Golf Course stretches 6,217 yards and is a par-72. The Legends Golf Course has been home to many championships including the Tennessee State Open Championship, U.S. Senior Open Qualifying, three LPGA Franklin American Mortgage Championships, and one LPGA Aerus Electrolux USA Championship.

The Field: ?Joining the Wildcats at the tournament are 13 other teams ranked in the top-25, nine of which are ranked in the top-10, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, including No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 USC, No. 4 UCLA, No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Purdue, No. 8 Vanderbilt, No. 11 Wake Forest, No.13 Florida, No. 14 Georgia, No. 20 Stanford, and No. 24 South Carolina.

The Schedule: ?18 holes will be played each day with tee times scheduled for 8 a.m. EST. A practice round for the Wildcats will be played on Thursday.

Coming to You Live: ?Live scoring for the tournament will be provided on Complete scoring will be available on after each round of play.

Who's on the Green for Arizona:

Alison Walshe Sr.

Mary JacobsSr.

Adriana Zwanck Jr.

Amanda Wilson Jr.

Alejandra Llaneza Fr.

*Marisa Smith Jr.

*Competing as an individual

By the Numbers: Duke won the Mason Rudolph Championship last year, after carding a three day total of 863. Arizonaˇ?s Alison Walshe won the individual title with a score of 210 (-6) after 54 holes of play.

Last Time on the Fairway: The Arizona womenˇ?s golf team finished tied for fourteenth at the NCAA Championships, held at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla., May 22-25. The Wildcats shot a four day total of 1226 (+74). Leading Arizona individually was then-sophomore Amanda Wilson who carded a tournament total of 303 (+15) to take 34th place. Duke won the national title for the third year in a row after carding a 1170 (+18) through four rounds of play.

Also competing for the Wildcats was then-juniors Mary Jacobs and Alison Walshe, who finished in a tie for 40th place and 69th place respectively. Then-sophomore Adriana Zwanck tied for 65th place with a total score of 309 (+21). Then-freshman Brittany Benvenuto finished in a tie for 117th place with a score of 329 (+41) after 72 holes of play.

Interesting Notes: ?Alison Walshe finished the 2006-07 season with three first place finishes, including victories at the Mason Rudolph Championship, Stanford Pepsi Invitational, and BYU Dixie Classic. In each victory, she carded a season-low round of 67 at least one time.

Trio of Pac-10 Honors: ?Three Wildcats earned Pac-10 honors during the 2006-07 season. Junior Alison Walshe was named to the first team, while junior Mary Jacobs and sophomore Adriana Zwanck received second team recognition. The Wildcats have had at least three players earn Pac-10 honors in 11 of the last 12 seasons.

Wildcat All-Americans: ?Two Arizona golfers were honored as All-Americans for the 2006-07 season. Alison Walshe was named a first team All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and a second team All-American by Golfweek magazine. Mary Jacobs was an All-American honorable mention selection by the magazine well.

Smarty ˇ®Cats: Alison Walshe and Mary Jacobs also earned Pac-10 All-Academic team honors. Jacobs was named to the first team, while Walshe garnered honorable mention honors. Jacobs is majoring in Psychology and currently has a 3.5 GPA.

The Mason Rudolph Championship: ?In 2006, the Wildcats finished fourth at the Mason Rudolph Championship among a field that included top-ranked teams Duke, Georgia, UCLA, and Purdue. Two Wildcats finished in the top-10, with Alison Walshe claiming the individual crown and Adriana Zwanck finishing in a tie for eighth. Mary Jacobs finished in a tied for 16th place to round out the trio of Arizona players to finish in the top-20 in the first tournament of the year.

Coach Haywoodˇ?s Teeˇ?s Off:"Iˇ?m really excited about the upcoming year, probably more excited than I have been in recent years. We have a very talented and experienced team this year and they have all been working really hard the past few weeks. Itˇ?s so nice to have a group of experienced women that are focused on one goal. I call them my "Dream Team". We donˇ?t want to leave Nashville, or any tournament, without the Team Championship. Alison Walshe and Mary Jacobs are coming off great tournament performances this summer and are ready to lead this team toward what I feel is going to be one of our best seasons in recent memory. We had a strong finish at this tournament last year and Alison Walshe is the defending champion. She is our team leader and she always shows up ready to compete for the title. Her work ethic is unmatched and she has been working really hard on her short game the past 6 months. Alison has the opportunity to compete for Player of the Year and there is no doubt in my mind that she will be in the hunt for every tournament she plays.Mary Jacobs is our veteran on this course and it will be her 5th time playing this tournament. I look for Mary to have a fantastic year. She is ready to prove that she is one of the elite players in college golf. She has set some lofty goals for herself and I have no doubt she will achieve all of them. Watch for some special things from Mary this year. Adriana Zwanck is ready to recapture her form she had as a freshman, winning two individual tournaments in only her first semester. She is very happy with her play so far and is very positive about the upcoming year. Adriana has one of the best short games around and she is very excited to help this team to a victory. She will be one of our most consistent players.
Amanda Wilson has been working very hard the past 6 months on her golf and school. She has one of the most simple swings in college golf and has gained yardage this summer off the tee with a disciplined workout regimine. She is off to a great start and looks more comfortable than ever on the course. Look for some great rounds out of Amanda this year. Alejandra Llaneza will be making her college debut this week and is going to fit into our 5th spot nicely this year. We struggled with some inconsistency in our 5th player last year and she is that missing link that will help this team succeed. Ale has a tremendous work ethic and is ready to be the next superstar from Mexico. I can already see the similarities between her and Lorena Ochoa. She has tons of tournament experience and has already played in 6 LPGA events as a junior. Marisa Smith will be traveling with the team, making her individual debut this year. She has worked really hard over the summer and the past few weeks and her ball striking has improved tremendously. This will be a great opportunity for Marisa to gain some valuable experience and get some tournament rounds under her belt. Marisaˇ?s attitude is her best asset."

Driving Range Rankings:Arizona is currently ranked 13th in the Golfweek/Sagarin?Performance Index. Individually, senior Alison Walshe ranks No. 15, while fellow classmate Mary Jacobs ranks No. 43. Junior Adriana Zwanck is ranked No. 55 to round out the top-trio of Wildcats.

Chipping the Competition: The Mason Rudolph ?Championship is composed of 16 teams that rank in the top-50 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Five of the Pac-10 teams are participating, all five of which are ranked inthe top-20.

Top Flight: The Wildcats finished in the top 10 at each of the events that they participated in during the 2006-07 season, excluding the NCAA Championships. Arizona placed an individual in the top 10 six times throughout the fall of 2006, with two first-place finishes by Allison Walshe. Through eight tournaments in the spring, the Wildcats have continued their streak by adding seven more top 10 finishes to their record, four of which were top-5 finishes at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, the BYU Dixie Classic, and the Pac-10 Conference Championships. Three Wildcats finished in the top-10 at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, with Alison Walshe leading the way in fourth. Amanda Wilson finished fifth and Mary Jacobs tied for ninth.