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Women's Golf Travels North for PING/ASU Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 29, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Teeing Off:  The Arizona women’s golf team will tee-off  Friday-Sunday, March 31-April 2, at the PING/ASU Invitational hosted by Arizona State.  The tournament will be held at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.


The Course: The Karsten Golf Course stretches 6,230 yards and is a par 72. 


The Field:  The 16 team field includes Arizona, Arizona State, Long Beach State, Missouri, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, Tulsa, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Washington and Washington State.  The field includes five teams in the Top 10 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings and 11 teams in the Top 25.  


The Schedule: Eighteen holes will be played each day with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. (MST) on Friday.


Coming To You Live: Live scoring for the tournament will be provided on


Wildcat Lineup:

Golfer                                          Year           Stroke Avg.     Top 10/20      Low Rnd.     Events

Adriana Zwanck         Fr.          74.83        1/0          69          4

Lauren Espinosa         Fr.          74.62        3/0          70          7

Amanda Wilson           Fr.          74.80        2/1          68          7

Cassandra Kirkland    Sr.          76.11        0/1          69          6

Whitney Welch            Sr.         78.37        0/0          75          5                                            


*Competing as an Individual


Sommer Scholl            Fr.          79.07        0/0          70          5

Rachel Gavin               Jr.          78.00        1/0          73          5

Brooke Schneider       Fr.          80.72        0/0          76          4


Last Time on the Course:  The Arizona women’s junior varsity golf team finished in a tie for 14th place at the Mountain View Intercollegiate, held at the Mountain View Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.  The Wildcats shot a three-day total of 918 (+54).  Leading Arizona individually was freshman Adriana Zwanck who earned her first collegiate individual crown shooting a 213 (-3).  The tournament champion Kansas Jayhawks shot an 884 (+20). 


With her first place finish, Zwanck moves into third on the squad in stroke average and set a new career low in a single round and for a tournament. 


Also competing for the Wildcats was junior Rachel Gavin who carded a 235 (+19) and tied for 56th place.  Freshmen Brittany Pepler and Brooke Schneider each recorded their new collegiate low tournament scores, shooting a 238 (+22) and 237 (+21), respectively. 


The Arizona varsity team was last on the course for the Guadalajara Invitational, March 6-8.  The Wildcats shot a 900 (+36) and finished in seventh place.  Freshman Lauren Espinosa led the Cats, finishing in third place with a 214 (-2). 


Interesting Notes: The PING/ASU Invitational has been held since the 1956-66 season.  Last year, Arizona finished in fourth place, while the host team, ASU, broke a tie with UCLA to win the tournament. 


Allen’s thoughts on the PING/ASU Invitational:  “I think this is a very important tournament for us because it’s the last tournament of the regular season.  This gives us a chance to compete against all of the Pac-10 teams.  I am very excited about the progress that our young team is making.  With Adriana (Zwanck) coming off an awesome win at the Mountain View Intercollegiate and Lauren (Espinosa’s) third-place finish at the Guadalajara Invitational, I feel like the pieces are starting to fall into place.”


Rankings: Arizona is currently ranked 18th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, freshman Lauren Espinosa ranks No. 44 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Fellow classmates Amanda Wilson and Adriana Zwanck  rank No. 59 and No. 73, respectively.  Junior Cassandra Kirkland is No. 134, while freshman Sommer Scholl moved up 16 slots to No. 282.


The Competition: Out of the 16-team field, five of the teams rank in the top 10, according to the team Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.  UCLA, Arizona State and USC are the second, third and fourth place teams, respectively.  Nine of 10 Pac-10 schools will compete in this event.  The Missouri Tigers join Arizona as the only two teams in Tempe that competed in the Mountain View Intercollegiate.


Top Flight: Arizona has placed in the top 10 in five of its seven tournaments this season with two of those finishes in the top 5.  The Wildcats have also placed an individual in the top 3 in the last two tournaments, including a first-place finish by Adriana Zwanck at the Mountain View Intercollegiate.