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Arizona Women?s Golf Finished in Fourth at PING/ASU Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 04, 2005
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TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women's golf team climbed Sunday to finish fourth at the PING/ASU Invitational after the final day of competition Sunday in Tempe, Ariz.


The Wildcats shot an even-par 288 in the final round to trail tournament champion Arizona State by 21 strokes after the three-day tournament. The Sun Devils, whom shot an even-par 288 in Sunday’s round, tied with UCLA for first. The tie was broken by the fifth individual score (Arizona State, 73 and UCLA, 80). Pepperdine shot 24-over-par 888 to finish in third. California (894) rounded out the top 5


“We got off to a good start today, beginning with Miriam [Kraschinski] who was five-under on the front nine. Both Whitney [Welch] and Lani [Elston] birdied their last holes,” Head Coach Greg Allen said. “Just like I’ve said before we feel like when all the girls play well we are successful. This is great momentum going into the Pac-10 Championships.


Individually, junior Cassandra Kirkland lead the Wildcats by finishing tied in 16th place, after shooting 223 (+7) in the second round. This is the native of Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France fifth Top-25 finish of the season.


 Kirkland was joined in the Top-25 by junior Lani Elston who carded an 8-over-par 224 to tie for 20th. Junior Whitney Welch shot a 73 (+1) in today’s final round which helped her finish tie for 28th (79-73-73?-225). After shooting an 84 in the first round, senior Miriam Kraschinski bounced back on Saturday (72) and Sunday (70) to finish tied for 34th (226). Senior Mar Garcia shot a 13-over-par 229 during the three day tournament.  


Competing as an individual for Arizona, sophomore Rachel Gavin finished tied for 92nd at 248 (+32).


The Wildcats will tee off next in the Pac-10 Championships in Pleasanton, Calif. The tournament will be contested at Ruby Hills Golf Club on April 18-20.