April 3, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Arizona women's golf team stands tied for third with California, Saturday after its first round of competition at the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Arizona completed it's delayed first round after rain showers suspended play Friday.
The Wildcats shot a 9-over-par 297 to trail first-round leader Southern California by 4 strokes after the Trojans shot a 5-over-par 293. UCLA stands in second after carding a 7-over-par 295. Washington (298) and Tulsa (298) are tied for fifth.
In her first tournament since the Wildcat Invitational sophomore Erica Blasberg is tied for first place with Lisa Ferrero of Texas after shooting a first round 70 (-2). The sophomore from Corona, Calif. participated in two LPGA tournaments as an amateur before returning to team play with the Wildcats.
Junior Miriam Kraschinski is tied for 14th after shooting 2-over-par 74. Sophomore Lani Elston is tied for 29th at 3-over-par 75. Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland is tied for 56th place after shooting 6-over-par 78 in round one. While sophomore Whitney Welch shot a 12-over-par 84 to tie for 92nd place.
Also competing for Arizona, as an individual is sophomore Katie Christy who is in 81st place after carding 9-over-par 81.
The Wildcats resumed play immediately following the completion of the delayed first round action. The tournament is being played at Karten Golf Course on the Arizona State campus, a par 72, 6,230-yard layout.