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Sept. 21, 2001
Teeing Off: After withdrawing from the UNM Dick McGuire Invitational last week, the Arizona Wildcats women's golf team will open its 2001-02 season Monday at the NCAA Fall Preview. The tournament features 18 of the top 20 teams from last year's national championships and is held on the same golf course as this year's NCAA Championship tournament.
Course/Format: The 54-hole tournament will be contested at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash. The par-72 Washington National course will play at 6,250 yards for the event. Competing teams willplay 18 holes each day with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. A practice round will take place Sunday.
The Field: Twenty-four teams will compete in the Fall Preview. Included are Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Duke, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, New Mexico State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, TCU, Tulsa, UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State.
Lorena Ochoa, So. 2001 National Player of the Year, 71.33 stroke avg.
Julia Kraschinski, Jr. First tournament since treatment for back injury, 2000 NCAA runner-up
Laura Myerscough, Jr. Earned two top-10 finishes in 11 tournaments last year
Anne Lee, Jr. Competed in 9 of Arizona's 11 tournaments in 2000-01
Miriam Kraschinski, Jr. Freshman makes Arizona debut
Last Year at the NCAA Fall Preview: The Wildcats came away with a second place finish at the NCAA Fall Preview in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. after battling extremely hot and humid conditions on day one and then facing heavy rains on day two. The third round of the tournament was cancelled due to the threat of Hurricane Gordon. Arizona's 14-over par 598 left them three shots back of tournament champion Duke. The Wildcats were led individually by junior Cristina Baena who placed third with a one-over par 147, just one stroke behind co-champions Marta Prieto and Maria Beautell both of Wake Forest. Two Arizona freshmen made their collegiate debuts at the NCAA Preview. Lorena Ochoa finished tied for ninth at 149, three shots over par. Nancy Abiecunas shot a 13-over, 159 to finish tied at 63rd. Christina Monteiro, Arizona's lone competing senior, finished tied for 15th at 150, four shots over. Finally, Laura Myerscough in her first collegiate competition since Feb. '99 shot a six-over 152 to claim a tie for 22nd. The Wildcats shot the low score each day, with Cristina Baena's 71 on day one and Christina Monteiro's 70 on day two.
Last Time Out at the NCAA Championships: Freshman Lorena Ochoa finished second at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships, losing in a one-hole playoff. Ochoa, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, posted a four-round total of 285 (-3) and was tied with Duke's Candy Hanneman after 72 holes. Hanneman earned individual medalist honors with a par on the first playoff hole. Ochoa and Hanneman entered the final round in a tie for sixth place, but each shot a three-under 69, the low round of the day, to earn a share of the lead in regulation. As a team, the Wildcats' carded a final round 298 (+10) to finish in eighth place with a four-round total of 1197 (+45). Only two teams ahead of Arizona in the final standings were able to post a better score than UA in the final round. Georgia fired a final-round 290 (+2) to erase a four-stroke deficit and win the school's first national championship. The Bulldogs 1176 (+24) total was three strokes better than runner-up Duke. Both finalists for the women's golf player-of-the-year award, Ochoa and Hannemann were two just three players in the field to negotiate the El Campeon Course in the final round and post a score in the 60s and overtake third-round leader Katy Harris of Louisiana State. Ochoa attempted to give Arizona the individual medalist for the second consecutive year. Last year, Jenna Daniels won the event with a four-round total of 287 (-1). The Cats have won four individual titles since 1990, tied for most in NCAA history. In addition to Daniels in 2000, Susan Slaughter (1990), Annika Sorenstam (1991) and Marisa Baena (1996) each earned individual medalist honors at the NCAA Championships. UA's Natalie Gulbis posted a five-over 77 in the final round and fell into a tie for 38th place at 302 (+14). The reigning NCAA West Regional champion carded just one sub-par round in the tournament. Laura Myerscough continued her steady pace, tallying a 75 (+3) to tie for 53rd place at 305 (+17). The final-round 75 was her best effort of the week. Anne Lee shot a 77 (+5) and finished tied for 77th place at 311 (+23), while teammate Cristina Baena wrapped up the competition tied for 90th place at 314 (+26).
Preseason Poll: Arizona debuted at No. 4 in the preseason edition of Golf World magazine's College Coaches' Poll. Sophomore Lorena Ochoa is the nation's top-ranked individual after spending the majority of her freshman season ranked No. 1. Junior Julia Kraschinski was listed in the magazine's "Best of the Rest" list of top 50 college golfers.
Ochoa On the Prowl: Sophomore Lorena Ochoa will seek her fifth career victory this week. The sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico, has not finished a tournament lower than third place since her collegiate debut last September at the NCAA Fall Preview where she tied for ninth. She holds a streak of 10 consecutive top-10 finishes.
All in the Family: With freshman Miriam Kraschinski making her collegiate debut, the Wildcats will add another pair of sisters to the Arizona golf family. Miriam joins her sophomore sister Julia in the lineup. They join current Wildcat Cristina Baena and her sister LPGA star Marisa as siblings to have competed for Arizona.
Wildcat Coaching Staff: Now in his second year with the Arizona golf program, Greg Allen led the team to six tournament championships, including the Pac-10 Conference Championship and a 20-stroke victory at the NCAA West Regional. This summer, he paired with Arizona men's head coach Rick LaRose to coach the United States team to victory in 2001U.S.-Japan Collegiate Matches. Allen, who was hired in July 2000, came to the University of Arizona from Texas where he was the assistant coach for the Longhorns' men's golf team. Allen helped guide Texas to the 1999-2000 NCAA Central Region championship and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. 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.
Assistant Coach Carriker: Earlier this month, Allen announced the hiring of Holly Carriker as the new assistant coach. Carriker competed collegiately at USC for two years before transfering to Texas, where she completed her remaining eligibility. The Texas native is a member of the LPGA's Teaching & Club Professional Division.