TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women’s golf team will make their second appearance of the next season Monday in Seattle, Wash., at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. After a sub-par performance in their first tournament, the Wildcats are anxious to return to the course.
Arizona sends out two seniors and three freshmen to compete at the par 72, 6,190-yard Sahalee Country Club course. Freshmen Lauren Espinosa, Sommer Scholl and Amanda Wilson accompany Lani Elston-Marshall and Cassandra Kirkland as the Cats attempt to drive their way to victory.
The 14-team field includes Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, Long Beach State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Stanford, UNLV, USC, Washington and Washington State.
Ranked one of the top 100 courses in America, the Sahalee Country Club has played host to the 1998 PGA Championship, where Vijay Singh won his first major, and the 2002 World Golf Championships - NEC Invitational, won by Craig Parry.
In 2003, former Wildcat Erica Blasberg led the Arizona women’s golf team to victory at the Sahalee Country Club, marking the last tournament victory for the Wildcats.
“We had success the last time we played at Sahalee Country Club and we are certainly hoping to do the same thing this time,” Head Coach Greg Allen said. “It's a great golf course that requires accuracy off the tee, which has been one of our strengths so far.”
In her collegiate debut, Wilson took second place at the junior varsity Mountain Shootout last month. On Monday, Wilson will make her varsity debut, one of three Arizona freshmen competing.
One thing that Wilson and the rest of her Wildcat teammates will adjust to next week is the weather. The forecast is predicting temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s for the tournament, quite a change from the 90-degree weather the Wildcat women are used to.
“The biggest adjustment we will have to make will be the 30-degree change in temperature,” Allen said. “We have been playing and practicing in shorts and a golf shirts, now we will have to adjust to swinging the golf club while wearing several layers of clothing.”
The tournament will get underway Sunday with a practice round at noon, followed by a 9 a.m. tee time Monday. Tuesday the women will tee off around 10 a.m. and finish up with an 8 a.m. tee time Wednesday.