Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Golf in Eighth at Wildcat Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 23, 2004
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Feb. 23, 2004

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TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona women's golf team stands in eighth, Monday after its first day of competition at their home tournament the Wildcat Invitational at Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.

The Wildcats shot a 311 in stormy conditions to trail first-round leader Ohio State by 26 strokes after the Buckeyes shot a 285. UCLA (288) and California (289) occupy second and third places, respectively. While Vanderbilt (290) and UNLV (306) finish out the top-five.

"Well, It was just like the weather, not very good. This is a golf course where you need to keep it in play and there are places where you aren't supposed to hit it, like the desert. We just didn't play this golf course like it is our home course. We are playing hard, it's just not happening right now. I love this team I feel like on any given day our team will go out and produce." Head Coach Greg Allen said Monday.

Individually, Arizona sophomore Erica Blasberg is tied for 17th place with four other golfers after shooting a first round 75 (+4). Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland and sophomore Lani Elston are tied for 28th after shooting 6-over-par 77. Freshman Rachel Gavin is tied for 56th place after shooting 11-over-par 82 in round one. While sophomore Whitney Welch shot a 15-over-par 86 to stand in 70th place.

Also competing for Arizona, as an individual is Junior Mar Garcia who is in 22nd place after carding 5-over-par 76. Junior Miriam Kraschinski is tied for 45th place after shooting 9-over-par 80 in round one. While sophomore Katie Christy shot a 22-over-par 93 for 78th place.

The Wildcats will tee off in Tuesday's second round beginning at 8:00 a.m. MST. The tournament is being played at Arizona National Golf Club, a par 71, 6,238-yard layout.