TUCSON, Ariz. ?- As the Wildcats women’s golf team heads to Nashville, Tenn., this weekend, the three seniors on the team will embark on their last season at Arizona.
Seniors, Cassandra Kirkland, Lani Elston-Marshall and Whitney Welch will be joined by two of their new teammates, freshmen Lauren Espinosa and Summer Scholl, as Arizona tees off against a tough 14-team field this weekend.
The Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville, Tenn., gets underway with a practice round on Thursday and round one early Friday.
Arkansas, Arizona State, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Furman, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas, Tulane, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest all join the Wildcats this weekend on the Vanderbilt Legends Club-Ironhorse Course. The course measures 7,200 yards and is a par 72.
In 2002, Arizona was runner-up to host Vanderbilt and former Wildcat Erica Blasberg also claimed the runner-up slot. In 2003, Blasberg won the individual championship.
The junior varsity team took third place in a tournament earlier this week, leaving the varsity team anxious to hit the course running. Head Coach Greg Allen believes that the team has a chance to be great. The diverse mix of freshmen and upperclassmen on the team this year will give the Wildcats the opportunity to come together as a team and accomplish something great.
Every athlete says that they want to go out on top, they want to leave their sport with a championship. The same is true for the three Arizona seniors. After a disappointing junior year, they would love nothing more than to graduate as NCAA women’s golf champions.
After the tournament this weekend, the Cats will have a few weeks off before their next tournament Oct. 10-12 in Seattle, Wash. With that tournament, the Arizona fall season really gets going, with tournaments three out of four weekends in October.