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Arizona Women's Golf Team Travels to the Final Tournament of the Fall Season
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 13, 2004
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Teeing Off: After taking some time off, the Arizona women’s golf team will travel to Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., on Nov. 14-16, to participate in the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship on the El Campeon golf course at the Mission Inn Resort. The team returned in mid-October from the Stanford-Pepsi Invitational where they finished ninth.


A Look At The Tournament: The Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship is co-sponsored by Hooters of America, Inc. and the National Golf Coaches Association. The format is a modified double-elimination. The invitations to the 16 teams were given to the 2004 NCAA Championship teams.


The Course: The 2004 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship will be contested at the Mission Inn Resort’s El Campeon course. Built in 1926, the course is one of the south’s oldest courses. Desinger Charles E. Clarke of Scotland blended unusual elevation changes of more than 85 feet with traditional golf course features. The course is ranked in the top 100 in Zagat 2003 and Links Magzine. The course also is ranked in the Top 10 of Florida’s golf courses. 


The Field: Arizona State, Duke, Furman, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Texas A & M, UCLA, ARIZONA, Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, UNLV and Wake Forest


The Schedule: The tournament will run for three days, one round each day, expect for Sunday, which will hold two rounds. Each round will begin with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. (EST). On Saturday, Nov. 13, teams will participate in a practice.


Last Time on the Course: The Arizona women's golf team finished ninth at the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate in Stanford, Calif. The Wildcats shot a 47-over-par 887 to trail tournament champion Arizona State by 35 strokes after the Sun Devils shot a 12-over-par 852. Pepperdine (857) and Washington (861) finished in second and third, respectively, while UCLA finished in fourth by carding an 862 (+22). Tournament host Stanford rounded out the Top five after shooting a 29-over-par 869.

Individually, junior Cassandra Kirkland tied for second with Arizona State’s Louise Stahle and Pepperdine’s Rachel Kyono after shooting 3-under-par 207. This was an Arizona career-low tournament for the native of Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France.  Senior Miriam Kraschinski finished tied for 35th at 223. Junior Whitney Welch shot 226 (+16) to tie for 48th. Senior Mar Garcia tied for 65th at 21-over-par 231. Competing Individually for Arizona, sophomore Rachel Gavin finished 88th at 243 (+33). Due to persistent back pain, junior Lani Elston withdrew Saturday from competition. The Spokane, Wash., native scored an 80 in Friday’s first round. Elston had success at the Wildcat’s last tournament in Nashville, Tenn.,  where the 5-7 junior finished tied for 16th after a season-low round of 72 in the final day. 


Wildcat Lineup:

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

Lani Elston                    Jr.           75.22                0/1                    72          4

Miriam Kraschinski        Sr.           75.75                0/0                    70          4

Mar Garcia                    Sr.           76.75                0/0                    71          4

Whitney Welch              Jr.            76.91               0/0                    73           4         

Cassandra Kirkland        Jr.            73.33               2/0                    67           4


Last Year at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship: The Arizona women’s golf team defeated Ohio State in the final round match-up at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Wildcats carded three wins to the Buckeye’s two.  Arizona finished the tournament in fifth place.  Arizona defeated Southern California in the third- round match-up. The Wildcats carded three-and-a-half wins to the Trojan’s one-and-a-half.  Sixth-seed Georgia defeated the third-seed Wildcats in the second round. The Wildcats carded no wins vs. the Bulldogs. The Wildcats carded four wins to defeat Stanford after the Cardinal was only able to win once in the first round. 


Allen’s thoughts on Cassandra Kirkland’s round of 67: “Cassandra is starting to step up and fill the void left with Erica's departure. She is starting to realize that we need her to consistently

shoot par or better for our team to be successful. As her confidence grows, her scores will continue to improve, and that 67 at Stanford can only help her confidence.”


Krashin’ Kraschinski: The first round of the Stanford-Pepsi Invitational was senior Miriam Kraschinski is season-low round. The New Zealand native shot a 70. Previously, Kraschinski’s best round was during the first round of the Topy Cup, when she fired a 71


Scorching Score: The team’s first round score of 289 at the Stanford-Pepsi Invitational was the season’s lowest. The team had not scored in the 280s since the first round of the NCAA Preview last year, where they shot a 289.


Record Setting Trip: The second round of the Stanford-Pepsi Invitational was junior Cassandra Kirkland’s career-low round of 67. Kirkland joins former Wildcat greats Annika Sorenstam and Natalie Gulbis to card a round of 67 at the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate. Previously, to  Kirkland’s best round as a Wildcat occurred twice, during the second round of 2003 East Regional Championship and at the first round of the 2003 NCAA Fall Preview, where she fired a 68.


Elston’s Pain: Junior Lani Elston played with back pain through most of the first round at the Stanford-Pepsi Invitational. Elston withdrew from competition after the first round, marking the first time a UA golfer withdrew since Julia Kraschinski in the 2003 Wildcat Invitational.


207 and Going Lower: Junior Cassandra Kirkland etched her name in the Arizona record books again at the Stanford-Pepsi Invitational. The native of Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France, shot a career tournament-low 207 to find her name next to Wildcat greats such as Lorena Ochoa, Jenna Daniels, Natalie Gulbis and Leta Lindley.


Wildcat Coaching Staff:  A seven-year college coaching veteran, Greg Allen has led the Arizona Wildcats to nine tournament championships in just five 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.

Shelly Haywood, hired in September 2004, assists him. Haywood played her collegiate years at New Mexico State, where she was a two-time All-Big West Conference performer. For the past 11 years, Haywood has been the assistant golf professional at Tucson Country Club.


2004-05 Women’s Golf Roster


NAME                           CLASS                         HOMETOWN

Katie Christy                 Senior                           Tucson, Ariz.

Lani Elston                    Junior ?- RS                   Spokane, Wash.

Mar Garcia                    Senior                           Borriol, Spain

Rachel Gavin                 Sophomore ?- RS           Tucson, Ariz.

Cassandra Kirkland        Junior                           Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France

Miriam Kraschinski        Senior                           Whitianga, New Zealand

Whitney Welch             Junior                           Las Vegas, Nev.


Greg Allen, Head Coach

Shelly Haywood, Assistant Coach

Tim Lynch, Manager