Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Golf Take Some Time Off Before Leaving for Texas
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 02, 2004
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March 2, 2004

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Teeing Off: The Arizona Women's golf team finished in a dissapointing ninth place at their home tournament, the Wildcat Invitational on Feb. 23-25. The Wildcats will take a few weeks off before preparing for the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas on March 21-23.

Wildcat Invitational: The Arizona women's golf team finished in ninth, after its final day of competition at their home tournament the Wildcat Invitational at Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats shot a 925 to trail tournament champion Vanderbilt by 56 strokes after the Commodores shot a 869. Ohio State (873) and UCLA (874) occupy second and third places, respectively. While California (884) and UNLV (897) finish out the top-five. Individually, Arizona sophomore Erica Blasberg tied for fifth place with UCLA's Hannah Jun after finishing 217 (+4). Sophomore Lani Elston tied for 34th after carding 230. Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland tied for 46th after shooting 21-over-par 234. Freshman Rachel Gavin tied for 61st place after shooting 244 at the tournament. While sophomore Whitney Welch shot a 262 to finish in 74th place. Also competing for Arizona, as an individual was Junior Mar Garcia finished in 19th place after carding 12-over-par 225. Junior Miriam Kraschinski tied for 34th place after shooting 17-over-par 230 at the tournament. While sophomore Katie Christy shot a 52-over-par 265 to tie for 75th place.

Next Time on The Course: The Arizona Women's golf team will take the course next in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas, on March 21-23. The tournament will be contested at The Hills Country Club. The course is par 72 on a 6,247 yard-layout.

The Rankings: The Wildcats dropped in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index to ninth. Arizona had been previously ranked as high as second in the poll since the beginning of the fall season. Individually, sophomore Erica Blasberg remains in third, while sophomore Cassandra Kirkland plummeted to 50th.

Coach Allen's Thoughts On The Team's Performance: "It's only February, so we can look forward and hopefully play better. We will keep working hard, and build on our best round of the spring today. We have a lot of time off now. We have about three or four weeks, so we'll kind of get away from it. We will keep working hard, and we will start working hard on Monday. We can't get our heads down."

Not Sweet Home: The Wildcats suffered their worst finish of the 2003-04 season at their home tournament, the Wildcat Invitational. Arizona finished ninth out of 15 teams on their home course, Arizona National. At the 2003 Wildcat Invitational the women's golfers placed ninth also.

Drivin' in the Rain: At the Wildcat Invitational on Monday, February 23 rain drenched Arizona National and the women golfers competing. Several player blamed the rain for their woes, while others flurished in the stormy conditions.

New to the Greens: The Wildcat Invitational was the first event of the season for freshman Rachel Gavin. Gavin placed tied for 61st after shooting 31-over-par 244.