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Women?s Golf to Compete at NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 05/18/2006
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What’s Happening in the Club House:  The Arizona women’s golf team qualified for the NCAA Championships after finishing seventh at the West Regional.  The top eight teams from each of the regionals (Central, East and West) will compete at the Ohio State Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio.  The event will run May 23-26.

 

The Course:  The Ohio State Scarlet Golf Course will play host to the NCAA Championships, stretching 6,203 yards, a par 72.  The 2006 NCAA Championships mark the fourth time since 1982 that Ohio State has hosted the event.  The most recent came in 1997, one year after Arizona won its first national championship.  The Wildcats finished third and were led by two-time Player of the Year Marisa Baena, who finished tied for second.     

 

The Field:  The 24-team field includes the top eight teams from each region and the top-two individuals from each region.  Tennessee, USC and Purdue were the champions of their respective regions.  Seven teams from the Pac-10 qualified for the NCAA Championships including Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, USC, UCLA and Washington.  Also competing will be LSU, Florida State, Auburn, Wake Forest, Alabama, Duke, Pepperdine, Florida, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Kent State, Nebraska, Georgia, UNLV and Arkansas.  The six individual competitors are Lauren Smith, Augusta State; Leah Wigger, Virginia; Devan Anderson, Texas; Julia Best, Texas; Rachel Newren, Brigham Young and Joanna Klatten, Georgia State.  The seeding for the event is according to each team’s finish at the regional event.     

 

When are the Tee Times:  A practice round will be held on Sunday and another one Monday, followed by 18 holes each day, beginning Tuesday at 8 a.m. (EDT) and running through Friday.  

 

Who’s on the Green for Arizona:

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

Adriana Zwanck     Fr.           74.42          2/1             68           7

Amanda Wilson       Fr.           75.86          2/2             68          10

Cassandra Kirkland Sr.           76.44          0/1             68           9 

Rachel Gavin           Jr.           77.65          1/0             73           6

Sommer Scholl        Fr.           78.30          0/1             70           9

 

How Can I Follow the Cats?:  Live scoring for the NCAA Championships  will be provided on www.golfstat.com.  Complete results will be available on www.arizonaathletics.com after each round.

 

Last Time on the Fairway:  The Wildcats finished seventh at the West Regional, held at the Washington National Golf Course.  The Cats needed to finish in the top eight to qualify for the NCAA Championships and never fell below the seventh spot.  Arizona shot a three-day total of 910 (+46).  Leading Arizona individually was freshman Sommer Scholl who carded a seven-over-par 223, a career-low tournament score.  Scholl tied for 13th place, her first top-20 finish of the season.  The West Regional champion was Purdue (881).

 

Junior Cassandra Kirkland and freshman Adriana Zwanck tied for 32nd place, each posting a 12-over-par 228.  Freshman Lauren Espinosa carded a 235 (+19) and finished in a tied for 59th place.  Rounding out the Arizona squad was freshman Amanda Wilson, who shot a 247 (+31).   

 

An NCAA Championship Mulligan:  In 2005 the Arizona women’s golf team did not qualify for the NCAA Championships for the first time in 13 years.  It was only the fifth time since 1982 that the Wildcats did not participate in the event.  In 2004 Arizona had its worst finish in school history, carding a 45-over-par 1197 and tying for 15th place.  The Cats have finished in the top five at the NCAAs six of the previous nine times, including national championships in 1996 and 2000.      

 

Coach Allen Tee’s Off:  “We are extremely thrilled about having a chance to win the program’s third national championship.  We feel there is absolutely no pressure on us to win, the pressure will mostly be on Duke and UCLA.  I feel that if we get a solid team effort for four consecutive rounds, then we will have a chance to win.  We will be traveling with four players that have never competed in a national championship, so the experience they will be gaining is invaluable.  Our West Regional performance wasn’t pretty, but it was good enough to qualify for nationals.  As of now all 24 teams competing will be starting at even par.  We got off to a shaky start during the final round, but played very solid on the back nine, when it really mattered most.  With four freshman that had never competed at that level, we expected some nerves, but we were able to play through them and accomplished what we set out to.  I was very proud of the heart that was shown by the team.”

 

The Rankings:  Arizona is currently ranked 20th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, freshman Adriana Zwanck ranks No. 43 in the Index. Fellow classmates Lauren Espinosa and Amanda Wilson rank No. 74 and No. 102, respectively.  Junior Cassandra Kirkland is No. 148.

 

The Competition:  The NCAA Championship event is composed of 18 teams that rank in the top-20 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.  Seven of the nine of the Pac-10 teams that earned a regional bid qualified for the NCAA Championships.  The Duke Blue Devils have won three of the past six National Championships, including last year in Oregon. 

 

Top Flight:  Arizona has placed in the top 10 in eight of its 10 tournaments this season with three of those finishes in the top five.  The Wildcats have also placed an individual in the top three in three of the last five 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.  Following the completion of the Pac-10 Championships, freshmen Lauren Espinosa, Amanda Wilson and Zwanck were named as all-Pac-10 honorable mention.  The Wildcats have had at least three players earn Pac-10 honors in 10 of the last 11 seasons.

 

How They Finished:  The top eight schools from each region and the top-two individuals will be ranked for the NCAA Championships according to their finish at the regional events.        

 

West region

washington national golf club

auburn, washington

 

 

Seed School   

1.  Purdue    

2.  UCLA     

3.  Washington        

4.  Stanford

5.  Georgia

6.  UNLV

7.  Arizona

8.  Arkansas

 

Individuals

1. Rachel Newman, Brigham Young

2.  Joanna Klatten, Georgia State

 

 

central region

traditions at Texas a&m

college park, texas

 

 

Seed School

1.  USC

2.  Duke

3.  Pepperdine

4.  Florida

5.  Oklahoma State

6.  Texas A&M

7.  Kent State

8.  Nebraska

 

Individuals

1.  Devan Anderson, Texas

2.  Julia Best, Texas

 

 

East region

bryan park golf course

Bryan park, North carolina      

 

Seed School

1.  Tennessee

2.  LSU

3.  California

4.  Florida State

5.  Arizona State

6.  Auburn

7.  Wake Forest

8.  Alabama

 

Individuals

1.  Lauren Smith, Augusta State

2.  Leah Wigger, Virginia

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