Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Golf To Tee of at Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 05, 2007
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Whatˇ?s Happening in the Clubhouse: The No. 6 Arizona womenˇ?s golf team will tee-off Monday through Wednesday, October 8-10, at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational hosted by the University of Washington in Sammamish, Washington.

The Course: The Sahalee Country Club Golf Course stretches 6,127 yards and is a par-72.? The course is rated one of the best in the country.? The course was home to the 1998 PGA Championship and the 2002 World Golf Championship-NEC Invitational.? Sahalee means ˇ?High Heavenly Ground,ˇ± and was opened in 1969.

The Field: Joining the Wildcats at the tournament are 5 other teams ranked in the top-25, four of which are ranked in the top-15, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, including No. 3 Southern Cal, No. 4 Arizona State, No 15. Pepperdine, and No. 19 California.? Also in the top-50 are No. 35 Stanford, No. 37 BYU, and No. 42 Washington State.

The Schedule: 18 holes will be played each day with tee times scheduled for 9 a.m. PT.? A shot-gun start at 9 a.m. is scheduled for Wednesday.

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:

Golfer?????????????????????? Year??? Stroke Avg.????? Top 10/20???? Low Round????? Events

Alison Walshe??????? Sr.????? 70.83????????????????????? 2/0???????????????????? 68??????????????????? 2?
Mary Jacobs???????????Sr.?????? 74.50????????????????????? 0/0??????????????????? 72???????????????????? 2
Adriana Zwanck???? Jr.?????? 72.50????????????????????? 1/0??????????????????? 70???????????????????? 2?
Amanda Wilson???? Jr.?????? 78.00?????????????????????? 0/0??????????????????? 73???????????????????? 2
Alejandra Llaneza?? Fr.????? 77.33?????????????????????? 0/0??????????????????? 76????????????????????2

By the Numbers: Stanford was last yearˇ?s Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational winner, having also won in 1990, 1994, and 1996.? Arizona has won the tournament five times since its appearance in 1981, with the most recent title coming in 2003.? The last Wildcat to win the tournament was Erica Blasberg, who tied for first in 2003.? USC has won the most invitationals, with six total victories.

Last Time on the Fairway:? The Arizona womenˇ?s golf team finished in a tie for sixth at the NCAA Preview, held at the UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M, September 24-26.? The Wildcats shot a four day total of 885 (+9).? Leading Arizona individually was senior Alison Walshe who carded a tournament total of 209 (-10) to claim third place.? Walshe also garnered her tenth top-10 finish as a Wildcat at the tournament.? Duke won the tournament after carding an 860 (-16) through three rounds of play.

Also competing for the Wildcats was junior Adriana Zwanck and senior Mary Jacobs, who finished in a tie for 21st place and 42nd place respectively.? Freshman Alejandra Llaneza finished in a tie for 61st place with a score of 230 (+11) after 54 holes of play. Junior Amanda Wilson tied for 88th place with a total score of 243 (+24).

Interesting Notes: Senior Alison Walshe leads the Arizona team in several categories following two tournaments of the fall season.? The Westford, Mass., product has a stroke average of 70.83 and the lowest tournament score of 209.? Walshe also maintains the lowest round score of 68 and the most rounds at or under par, having gathered four thus far.

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 as well.

Smarty ˇ®Cats:? Alison Walshe and Mary Jacobs also earned Pac-10 All-Academic team honors after the spring 2007 season.? 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 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational:? The tournament is named for Ihlanfeldt, founder of the Washingtonˇ?s womenˇ?s golf team and one of the Pacific Northwestˇ?s most honored golfers.? The program at Washington began in 1974 after Ihlanfeldt donated her salary to the program in order to fund scholarships.

Coach Haywood Teeˇ?s Off:? ˇ?I feel really positive about this weekˇ?s event. We have 4 players with experience on this golf course which is something we didnˇ?t have last year. Sahalee is the finest course we play on all year. It hosted the 1998 PGA Championship and the 2002 World Golf Championships, so a round of even par is a great score. We have 5 ladies that are capable of shooting under par at any given time, which is very exciting. Consistencey is going to be a key here and our course management and knowledge will be a huge advantage. We arenˇ?t looking for some fantastic under par scores like the Preview or Mason Rudolph, we just need to play smart and be extremely patient. We have worked really hard on short game this fall and is is paying off in our statistics. It will definitely come in handy at Sahalee.

Iˇ?m really proud of these ladies and the dedication they have shown to myself and their teammates. We have a great group and we are all striving for excellence. If we do the things we are supposed to this week on the golf course, we will be successful.ˇ±

Driving Range Rankings:? Arizona is currently ranked 6th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.? Individually, senior Alison Walshe ranks No. 8, while fellow classmate Mary Jacobs ranks No. 74.? Junior Adriana Zwanck is ranked No. 22 to round out the top-trio of Wildcats.

Chipping the Competition:? The NCAA Preview is composed of 5 teams that rank in the top-25 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.? Seven of the Pac-10 teams are participating, four of which are ranked in the top-20.? The field also includes three other teams ranked in the top-50, including BYU, Stanford, and Washington State.

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 Alison Walshe.? Through eight tournaments in the spring, the Wildcats 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.? Following two tournaments of the 2007 fall season, the Wildcats have begun the tradition once again, tying for sixth place at the Mason Rudolph Championship and at the NCAA Preview.? Two Wildcats also finished in the top-10 at the first tournament, as Adriana Zwanck finished eighth and? Alison Walshe tied for tenth.?? At the latest tournament, Walshe garnered her tenth top-10 finish as a Wildcat, finishing in third place.