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Arizona Travels to the NCAA Central Regional
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Release: 06/22/2004
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May 3, 2004

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Teeing Off: The Arizona Women's golf team placed third in the 2004 Pac-10 Women's Golf Tournament in Somis, Calif., at the Saticoy Country Club on April 19-21, 2004. The team now will prepare for competition at the NCAA Central Regional on May 6-8, 2004 in Normal, Ill.

The Course: Designed in 1962 by Robert Bruce Harris, the course accomodates approximately 36,000 rounds per year and host more than 100 tournamens. The course is Par 71 on a 6,500 yard-layout.

The Field: (1) Vanderbilt, (2) New Mexico, (3) ARIZONA, (4) Southern California, (5) Oklahoma, (6) Michigan State, (7) Tulsa, (8) Missouri, (9) TCU, (10) Arkansas, (11) Texas A&M, (12) Kansas State, (13) Indiana, (14) Southern Medthodist, (15) Kent State, (16) Purdue, (17) Northwestern, (19) Notre Dame, (20) Princeton, (21) Illinois State and Individuals from Wisconsin, Arkansas-Little Rock and Michigan.

Schedule: A practice round will be held on Wednesday, May 5. First round, second round and third round action of the NCAA Central Regional will tee off at 8 a.m. CST for all three rounds. Players will tee off from either the 1st or the 10th hole.

The Rankings: The Wildcats jumped up one to 10th on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Arizona had been previously ranked as high as second in the poll since the beginning of the fall season, but then took a drop after their ninth place finish at the Wildcat Invitational. Individually, sophomore Erica Blasberg stayed in fourth with a rating of 70.39.

 
 

2003-04 Wildcat Line-up: Erica Blasberg(72.29), Cassandra Kirkland (76.41), Mar Garcia (77.29), Lani Elston (76.37), Ale Martin (FIRST TOURNAMENTOF THE SEASON).

Marching Back: Sophomore Alejandra Martin del Campo got caught in the middle of a Pac-10 transfer rule that kept her ineligible all season. "Thanks to the efforts of our compliance director Bill Morgan and our faculty rep Doug Woodard, they have worked endless hours with the Pac-10 to make this rule retroactive and have gotten her eligibility restored through the NCAA," Head Coach Greg Allen said. Martin will compete with the Wildcats in Normal, Ill.

Last Time On The Course: The Arizona women's golf team finished in third, after its final round of competition at the 2004 Pac-10 Championship in Somis, Calif. The Wildcats shot a 59-over-par 923 to trail Pac-10 tournament champion, UCLA by 21 strokes after the Bruins shot a 38-over-par 902. California finished in second after shooting a 56-over-par 920. Southern California (928) and Arizona State (928) tied for fourth place. Individually, sophomore Erica Blasberg finished third after shooting a final round 75 (+3) placing her at 5-over-par 221 for the tournament. The sophomore from Corona, Calif. finished third in last year's Pac-10 Championship. Sophomore Lani Elston had her best career finish as a Wildcat, by finishing tied for fifth place with Arizona State's Tiffany Tavee at 225 (+9). Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland tied for 14th at 17-over-par 233. Junior Miriam Kraschinski tied for 41st place after shooting 28-over-par 244. While sophomore Whitney Welch shot a 56-over-par 272 for 57th place. Also competing for Arizona, as an individual junior Mar Garcia tied for 32nd after carding a 22-over-par 238.

Head Coach Greg Allen's Thoughts on the Team's Performance: "It [Pac-10 Championship] was our best Spring finish.We went in as the fourth seed so I thought we did pretty well. Our top-3 players played well."

Coach Allen's thoughts On Junior Mar Garcia's Health Concerns and Play: "If Mar [Garcia] had played on the team we would have finished second. But we didn't know she didn't know if she could complete 18-holes on the first day. It was good for her to get out there and compete, we will have her back in the line-up for Regionals."

Coach Allen's Thoughts on Sophomore Lani Elston: "It was her best finish, by finishing in the top-ten she made all conference. She is gaining confidence, she's doing exactly what she has talked about all year; peaking at the right time and it's great to see her do that."

Coach Allen's Thoughts on Alejandra Martin: "Although Ale [Martin] has yet to compete in a college golf tournament, she will make this team better because of her attitude, work ethic and termendous will to win."

11 and Counting: This will be the 11th consecutive year Arizona women's golf has participated in the NCAA Regionals.

Pac-10 Honors: Three of the Women's golfers recieved honors from the Pac-10. Sophomore Erica Blasberg for the second year was named to the First Team All Pac-10. Sophomore Lani Elston and sophomore Cassandra Kirkland were named to the Pac-10 honorable mention list.

Top One: Sophomore Lani Elston's top-5 performance at the Pac-10 Championship was her best career finish as a Wildcat. Elston tied for fifth after shooting a 225 (+9).

3...The Magical Number: The women's golf team and sophomore Erica Blasberg both placed third in the 2004 Pac-10 Championship. The team took third after carding a 923 (+59). Blasberg claimed the third place, individual honors, after stroking a 221 (+5).

Title Town : At the last seven Pac-10 tournament the Wildcats have won five of the Pac-10 team titles. The Wildcats additionally, won in 1992.

The Best Of The Pac-10s: In the last 12 years five Wildcats won Pac-10 championship individual meadlist honors. Annika Sorenstam (1992) was the first Arizona golfer to claim the honor, with Lorena Ochoa being the last, in 2001.

Extravaganza Allen: Wildcat Head Coach Greg Allen participated in the 2004 Wildcat Extravaganza, along with Athletic Director Jim Livingood and Head Football Coach Mike Stoops to name a few. The golf action will teed off on Friday, April 16 at the Wildcats home course Arizona National.

Effective Elston: Sophomore Lani Elston shot her career best as a Wildcat in the PING/ASU Invitational. She ended the tournament carding a 219 (+3) and also shot a career round of 69 in the final round.

Minus One: Sophomore Erica Blasberg did not make the trip to Austin, Texas for the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational because she participated in the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship which was held at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on March 25-28, 2004. Blasberg shot a 15-over-par 159 to miss the cut.

Jumpin' In: Sophomore Erica Blasberg made an appearance in the LPGA's Welch's/Fry's Championship in Tucson, Ariz. on March 11-14th. Blasberg along with Joan Pitcock were sponsor exemption participatants in this event. Blasberg shot a 146 (+6) and did not make the cut. Several former Wildcats joined Blasberg, the list includes; Lorena Ochoa, Marisa Baena, Jenna Daniels, Natalie Gulbis, Chris Johnson, Kathryn Marshall, Laura Myerscoug

A and B: The Wildcats spilt their team for the Mountain View Collegiate. Arizona used their B-squad to compete. The squad finished 17th.

Classic Christy: Sophomore Katie Christy shot her best as a Wildcat in the Mountain View Collegiate. Christy finished the tournament 21-over-par 237. Saturday's afternoon round was Christy's collegiate best round of golf. She went 1-under-par 71.

Golfin' Gavin: Freshman Rachel Gavin played her collegiate best at the Mountain View Collegiate. Gavin shot a 242 (+26) at the tournament.

Not Sweet Home: The Wildcats suffered their worst finish of the 2003-04 season at their home tournament, the Wildcat Invitational. Arizona finished ninth out of 15 teams on their home course, Arizona National. At the 2003 Wildcat Invitational the women's golfers placed ninth also.

Drivin' in the Rain: At the Wildcat Invitational on Monday, February 23 rain drenched Arizona National and the women golfers competing. Several player blamed the rain for their woes, while others flurished in the stormy conditions.

Making The Grade: In the Dec. 20-27, 2003 issue of Golfweek the Arizona Women's Golfers recieved a letter grade of A. The Golfweek staff cited 'All four finishes in top-6, including a victory at Washington' as the reason for the A grade.

Sophomore Sensation: Sophomore Erica Blasberg, a pre-season All-American selection, won three individual title during the fall season. Her latest at the Pepsi-Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on Oct. 17-19. Blasberg's first season victory came at the Mason Rudolph Invitational on Sept. 26-28, followed by her second victory at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational on Oct. 6-8.

Record Setting Blasberg: The Pepsi-Stanford Invitational was Erica Blasberg's best three-rounds of golf in her career at Arizona. In all three rounds Blasberg shot under par, carding a 209 (-7) to tie her with Duke's Elizabeth Janangelo for first.

Wonderful Welch: Sophomore Whitney Welch shot her collegiate best, by posting 73-75-73-221(+5) at the Pepsi-Stanford Invitational.

Cool Cassandra: Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland stayed in the top five throughout all three rounds at the NCAA Fall Preview. On her first day of competition Kirkland tied with Auburn's Nicole Hage, with both carding 4-under-par 68. On her second day, she stood atop the leader board at the Preview by shooting an even par 72. In her final round Kirkland tied with fellow Wildcat sophomore Erica Blasberg after shooting a 1-under-par.

New to the Greens: The Wildcat Invitational was the first event of the season for freshman Rachel Gavin. Gavin placed tied for 61st after shooting 31-over-par 244.

Superior Sophomores: Head coach Greg Allen took four sophomores to the team's first three events of the fall. Erica Blasberg, Lani Elston, Whitney Welch and Cassandra Kirkland helped the Wildcats place in the top five in the Fall's first three events.

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. Jody Niemann-Dansie, hired in July of 2002, assists him. Niemann-Danise played two years on the LPGA after completing her collegiate eligibility. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and was a member of the 1997 and 1998 NCAA National Championship team in Tempe.

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