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Women's Golf to Compete at Pac-10 Championships in Oro Valley
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 20, 2006
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Teeing Off:  The Arizona women’s golf team will tee-off Monday-Wednesday, April 24-April 26, at the Pac-10 Championships.  The tournament will be held at the Oro Valley Country Club in Tucson, Ariz.


The Course:  The Oro Valley Country Club course stretches 6,495 yards and is a par 72. 


The Field:  The 10-team field includes Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.  The field includes three teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 10 rankings and six in the top 25.


The Schedule:  A practice round will be held on Sunday followed by 18 holes each day, beginning Monday at 8:30 a.m. (MST).


Coming to You Live: Live scoring for the tournament will be provided on


Wildcat Lineup:

Golfer                                          Year           Stroke Avg.     Top 10/20      Low Rnd.     Events

Adriana Zwanck         Fr.          73.86        2/0          68          5

Lauren Espinosa         Fr.          75.08        3/0          70          8

Amanda Wilson           Fr.          75.13        2/1          68          8

Cassandra Kirkland    Sr.          76.52        0/1          68          7

Sommer Scholl            Fr.          78.75        0/0          70           7


Last Time on the Course:  The Arizona women’s golf team finished in 10th place at the PING/ASU Invitational, held at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.  The Wildcats shot a three-day total of 914 (+50).  Leading Arizona individually was freshman Adriana Zwanck who won her second consecutive collegiate individual tournament shooting a 210 (-6).  The tournament champion UCLA Bruins shot an 865 (+1). 


Zwanck has posted a 73.86 stroke average this season, leading the Wildcats.  She also leads the team with a low tournament score this season of 210, three strokes better than fellow classmate Amanda Wilson’s 213.  The freshmen duo also leads the Wildcats in the rounds of par or under department with six each.  Wilson shot a 232 (+16) in Tempe and finished in a tie for 50th place. 


Also competing for the Wildcats was freshman Lauren Espinosa who shot a 235 (+19) and tied for 63rd place.  Seniors Cassandra Kirkland and Whitney Welch carded a 237 (+21) and 246 (+30), respectively.


Junior Rachel Gavin competed as an individual, shooting a 228 (+12) and finishing in 36th place.  Freshman Sommer Scholl and Marisa Smith also competed as individuals carding 231 (+15) and 244 (+28), respectively.    


Interesting Notes:  The Oro Valley Country Club hosted the first-ever women’s golf Pac-10 Championships 20 years ago, in 1987.  Members of the Oro Valley Country Club have opened their homes to play host to many of the visiting schools, as well as planning social events for the teams.


Allen’s thoughts on the Pac-10 Championships:  “I think anytime you depend so heavily on the freshmen, like we’ve done this season, you are going to have ups and downs throughout the season. Losing Lani (Elston-Marshall) at Christmas hurt us because we lost some senior leadership, but in adding Adriana (Zwanck), we gained a player that has won two out of her first five tournaments. I am pleased about the way the freshmen have progressed throughout the season and I look for great things out of our team at the Pac-10 Championships. Getting the opportunity to play at the Oro Valley Country Club in our hometown is exciting and will hopefully provide us an advantage. For us to be successful, however, we need a team effort and need all five players to play well at the same time. If we play to our potential, then we will have a chance to come away with a victory.”


Rankings:  Arizona is currently ranked 19th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, freshman Adriana Zwanck ranks No.  37 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Fellow classmates Lauren Espinosa and Amanda Wilson rank No. 55 and No. 76, respectively.  Junior Cassandra Kirkland is No. 167.


The Competition:  The Pac-10 women’s golf teams all rank in the top 20 in the West Region according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Women’s District Rankings.  The top three spots are occupied by members of the Pac-10 and seven teams rank in the top 10.  The Pac-10 conference has more individuals in the top 20, eight, than any other conference. 


Top Flight:  Arizona has placed in the top 10 in six of its eight tournaments this season with two of those finishes in the top 5.  The Wildcats have also placed an individual in the top 3 in the last three tournaments, including back to back first-place finishes by Adriana Zwanck at the Mountain View Intercollegiate and the PING/ASU Invitational.  After grabbing an honorable mention for player of the week for the week of March 20-26 according to Golf World, Zwanck was named as the female college player of the week by the publication for the week of March 28-April 5.