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Teeing Off: The Arizona women's golf team competed Sept. 26-28 in the Mason Rudolph Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. The team took fifth, and individually, sophomore Erica Blasberg won the tournament. Up next for the Wildcats is the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Seattle, Wash., on Oct. 6-8.
The Course: The 2003 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational will be contested at the Sahalee Country Club. Sahalee is carved out of the douglas pine-trees and tall cedars which are natives to the Pacfic Northwest. The course opened in 1969. The privately-owned club has been a host to numerous tournaments. The course is Par 72 set across 6,030 yards.
The Field: The 15 participants are: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, Long Beach State, Nevada, Oregon, Oregon State, San Francisco, Southern California, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, UCLA and UNLV.
Mason Rudolph Invitational: The Wildcats placed fifth after shooting 27-over-par 891. Arizona finished 17 strokes behind tournament champion Georgia after the bulldogs shot a 10-over-par 874. UCLA (878) and Vanderbilt (886) occupied second and third places, respectively. Florida placed fourth with an 25-over-par 889. Individually, Arizona sophomore Erica Blasberg placed first after shooting a 213 (-3). The native of Corona, Calif., returned to the tournament where her sensational freshman season took off a year ago. Blasberg finished second, which was the first of nine consecutive top-ten finishes, including two victories. Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland tied at 28th after shooting 10-over-par 226. Sophomore Whitney Welch tied for 41st at 13-over-par 229. Sophomore Lani Elston finished 44th after shooting 14-over-par 230. Junior Mar Garcia tied for 50th after shooting 17-over-par 23. Also competing for Arizona as an individual was junior Miriam Kraschinski, who tied at 57th after carding 19-over-par 235.
Wildcat Lineup and 2003-04 stats: Erica Blasberg (71.33), Cassandra Kirkland (73.50), Whitney Welch (75.66),Mar Garcia (76.50), Lani Elston (76.16)
Breaking Through: Sophomore Erica Blasberg, a pre-season All-American selection, won her first individual title of the season at the Mason Rudolph Invitational. Blasberg improved her strokes by two, to finish the tournament 3-under-par. Blasberg shot under par twice during the three-day tournament. The Mason Rudolph tournament was the beginning of Blasberg's phenomenal freshman campaign, which consisted of nine top-10 finishes.
Solo Thing: The Mason Rudolph Invitational was the first of the season for junior Miriam Kraschinski, who competed as an individual. Kraschinski tied for 57th place after shooting 19-over-par 235.
Coach Allen's Thoughts on Team: "This week was not our week. We couldn't get it going this weekend. It additionally wasn't a good putting week. We hadn't faced as fast of greens as we did this weekend."
Coach Allen's Thoughts on Erica Blasberg: "It was nice to see her get the win. This is the tournament which got her going last year. The win gave her confidence that she could compete with this level of collegiate competition. Hopefully this was the first of many victories for Erica."