Sept. 10, 2001
Teeing Off: The University of Arizona women's golf team travels to Albuquerque, N.M., to open the fall portion of its 2001-02 schedule at the Dick McGuire Invitational. The tournament runs from Thursday, Sept. 13, to Saturday, Sept. 15. Tee times will be at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Course/Format: The UNM Championship Course is a par-73, 6,069-yard layout. Competing teams will play 18 holes each day. The UNM Championship Course was the site of the 1992 NCAA men's NCAA Championships when Rick LaRose led Arizona to the national title.
The Field: Eighteen teams will compete in the 54-hole tournament. Included are defending tournament champion Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Brigham Young, Colorado State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Texas Tech, TCU, Tulsa, UNLV and UTEP.
Arizona at the Dick McGuire Invitational: Arizona seeks its third consecutive victory at the University of New Mexico's Dick McGuire Invitational. Arizona competed in the tournament in 1999 and 2000 and came away with victories both times.
Lorena Ochoa, So. 2001 National Player of the Year, 71.33 stroke avg.
Julia Kraschinski, So. 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 Dick McGuire Invitational: With a dominating performance from freshman Lorena Ochoa in just her second collegiate tournament, the Arizona Wildcats earned their first tournament championship of the 2000-01 season at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational. The team shot a combined 892 (+16), five strokes ahead of second-place Tulsa. Arizona jumped out to an early lead with a first round total of 291 (-1). The Wildcats then shot rounds of 299 and 302 to finish the tournament at 16-over-par. Individually, Lorena Ochoa led the way, shooting a three-round total of 212, (-7), to claim the first championship of her young collegiate career. Ochoa set or tied a number of records at the University of New Mexico Championship Course, including the 54-hole individual record held by former Wildcat Marisa Baena. Not to be overshadowed by Ochoa's dominant performance, junior Cristina Baena turned in an outstanding weekend of play. She finished in second place at even-par, seven strokes behind Ochoa. Sophomore Laura Myerscough carded a 5-over par 224 to come in tied for sixth place. Senior Christina Monteiro tied for 56th-place at 238, while freshman Nancy Abiecunas tied for 62nd-place at 239. Senior Christelle Cuzon competed as an individual for the Wildcats and completed action tied for 27th with an 18-over-par 230, including a second round score of 74.
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).
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.
Coach Allen's Thoughts: "We're excited to play competitive golf again. We feel like we've got some unfinished business and we're ready to get it going. We feel like we've got a great team with great chemistry."