The Format: On Friday and Saturday the tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. MST. On Sunday, the final day of play, there will be a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. MST.
The Field: Competing in this year's Ping/ASU Invitational will be 15 of the nation's top 50 teams, according to the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings - No. 1 Arizona, No. 3 Arizona State, No. 4 Southern California, No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 New Mexico State, No. 12 San Jose State, No. 17 Tulsa, No. 21 New Mexico, No. 22 UCLA, No. 24 TCU, No. 31 Oregon, No. 35 California, No. 37 Washington, No. 41 Texas A&M and No. 47 Oregon State.
National Rankings (MasterCard Collegiate Rankings Ninth Edition - 3/29/2000)
Arizona Women (No. 1 nationally) Jenna Daniels (1st) Jill Gomric (8th) Cristina Baena (9th) Cristina Monteiro (30th) Julia Kraschinski (60th)
Arizona's Lineup for the Tournament: Women Year 1999-00 Avg. Top-10 Fin. Top-20 Fin. Jenna Daniels Sr. 71.61 7 - Cristina Baena So. 72.80 4 3 Jill Gomric Sr. 73.57 3 3 Christina Monteiro Sr. 75.95 2 1 Julia Kraschinski Fr. 75.66 1 3 Anne Lee* Fr. 74.66 - - * individual
Last Action: The top-ranked Arizona women's golf team came from behind to win the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Wahine Golf Invitational on March 30. The Wildcats shot a 19-over-par 883 and beat second place Pepperdine by two strokes. The tournament was held at the Olomana Golf Course on the island of Oahu and is a par-72, 6,075 yard layout. Sophomore Cristina Baena and senior Jenna Daniels both finished the tournament at 3-under-par 213 and had to go into a playoff to decide the champion. Baena won after two holes to record the first individual title of her career. Freshman Julia Kraschinski tied for 10th place (11-over-par 227), while junior Christina Monteiro finished tied for 17th (14-over-par 230). Senior Jill Gomric shot a 6-over-par 78 on day one of the tournament, but then had to withdraw from the second and third round of play after she injured her right wrist. Her status for this weekend is questionable.
Arizona's Coaching Staff: Coach Todd McCorkle is in his second season as head coach of the women's golf team. Prior to last year, McCorkle served as UA Director of Golf Rick LaRose's associate head coach for both the Arizona women's and men's teams in 1997-98... Last year, the women's team finished second at both the Pac-10 Championship and NCAA West Regional, and then placed fourth in the NCAA Championships... Prior to coming to Tucson, McCorkle was the head coach of the Coastal Carolina men's and women's golf teams... He is assisted by Amy Solfisburg, who is in her seventh year with the UA women's golf program.
UA Golf Notes: Arizona has five of its top six golfers back from last year, losing only 1998-99 senior Krissie Register. Senior Jenna Daniels was a first team All-America selection last season, while senior Jill Gomric and sophomore Cristina Baena were second team All-America performers. Daniels and Gomric were both selected to the All-Pac-10 Conference first team in voting that was done by league head coaches... Baena was named to the All-Pac-10 second team. In addition, Gomric was named to the All-Pac-10-Academic first team, while senior Shannon Ingalls and senior Christina Monteiro were honorable mention All-Pac-10 academic selections.