Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 07, 2004
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Teeing Off: The Arizona Women’s Golf team will open the 2004-05 season in Tokyo, Japan at the Topy Cup on Sept. 7-9.

A Look At The Tournament: The Wildcats will travel to Japan for the third time in the programs history to participate in the Topy Cup. Hosted by the Japan Student Golf Association, teams from both Japan and the United States will tee off in both a men and women’s division.

The Course: The Tanagura Densha Country Club will host the 2004 Topy Cup

The Field: Arizona women will match up against Florida and four Japanese teams.

Wildcat Lineup:

Golfer                     Year              2003-04

Lani Elston             Jr.                76.71

Mar Garcia             Sr.               77.19

Cassandra Kirkland  Jr.               76.47

Miriam Kraschinski  Sr.              79.57

Whitney Welch       Jr.               80.37

Double Trouble: The women’s team will travel to Japan along side the men’s team who will be participating in the Topy Cup’s men’s division

Transitional Summer: The Wildcats did not add anyone new to their roster. However, junior-to-be Erica Blasberg opted out of her final two years as a Wildcat to pursue a career in the LPGA. Along with Blasberg, assistant coach Jody Dansie left to take a head coach position at Nevada.

New Faces: Head Coach Greg Allen announced last week Shelly Haywood had been hired to replace Jody Dansie as assistant coach. Haywood a graduate of New Mexico State University in professional golf management had been the assistant golf professional at Tucson Country Club before joining the Wildcats.

Watch Out For Welch: Junior Whitney Welch competed this summer in the US women’s amateur. Welch made the cut, but lost in the first round of match play. Also at the amateur she got a chance to play the practice round with golf star Michelle Wie.

Book Smart: Most of the Arizona women’s golfers stayed in Tucson to attend summer school. It also provided an opportunity for the girls to catch up on schoolwork and play Tucson’s amazing golf courses.

Wildcat Coaching Staff: A six-year college coaching veteran, Greg Allen has led the Arizona Wildcats to nine tournament championships in just four years at the helm of the program. Included in the team’s accomplishments under Allen are the 2001 and 2002 Pac-10 Conference Championships, a national runner-up finish and a 20-stroke victory at the 2001 NCAA West Regional. Allen, hired in July 2000, came to the University of Arizona from Texas where he was the assistant coach for the Longhorn’s men’s golf team. 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. Shelly Haywood hired in September 2004, assists him. Haywood played her collegiate years at New Mexico State where she was two-time all Big West conference. For the past 11 years Haywood has been the assistant golf professional at Tucson Country Club.