Teeing Off:The No. 15 Arizona women’s golf team will tee-off Monday through Wednesday, April 23-25, at the Pac-10 Championships, hosted by the University of Washington.
The Course: The Broadmoor Golf Course stretches 6,196 yards and is a par-72.
The Field: The field includes five teams ranked in the top-15, including No. 1 Arizona State, No. 15 Arizona, California, Oregon, Oregon State, No. 8 Stanford, No. 11 UCLA, No. 6 USC, Washington, and Washington State.
The Schedule: 18 holes will be played on each day with tee times scheduled for 9 a.m. PST on Monday and Tuesday, and a final round tee time scheduled for 8:30 a.m. PST on Wednesday. A practice round for the Wildcats will be played on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. PST.
Coming to You Live: Live scoring for the tournament will be provided on www.golfstat.com.
Golfer Year Stroke Avg. Top 10/20 Low Rnd. Events
Alison Walshe Jr. 72.74 5/2 67 9+
Adriana Zwanck So. 74.70 3/0 68 9+
Mary Jacobs Jr. 74.19 3/3 70 9+
Amanda Wilson So. 77.54 1/0 71 8
Emily Mason Fr. 80.33 0/0 78 4
Last Time on the Course:The Arizona women’s golf team tied for fourth at the BYU Dixie Classic, held at the Entrada at Snow Canyon Golf Course in St. George, Utah. The Wildcats shot a three day total of 911 (+47). Leading Arizona individually was junior Alison Walshe who garnered her third first place finish after carding a tournament total of 214 (-2). The tournament champion, host Brigham Young University, shot an 878 (+14).
With the highest finish for Arizona, Walshe leads the Wildcat squad with the most top 10/20 finishes, as the Westford, Mass., product now has seven.
Also competing for the Wildcats was junior Mary Jacobs, who finished in a tie for 25th after carding a fifteen-over par 231. Sophomore Adriana Zwanck tied for 18th with a total score of 227 (+11). Sophomore Amanda Wilson finished in a tie for 52nd after carding a 239 (+23). Freshman Brittany Benvenuto finished in 75th place with a score of 255 (+39) after 54 holes of play.
Interesting Notes:Alison Walshe grabbed her third individual victory of the 2006-07 season after matching her season low score of 67 in the final round of the BYU Dixie Classic. In each of her three victories, Walshe has carded one round of 67.
Last Year’s Champion: UCLA won the conference championship last year, one stroke ahead of Arizona State. The Bruins have won the last three Pac-10 titles. Arizona won three straight titles from 2000 to 2002, and the Wildcats have won six Pac-10 titles since 1987.
Rankings: Arizona is currently ranked 15th in the Golfweek Performance Index. Individually, junior Alison Walshe ranks No. 9, while fellow classmate Mary Jacobs ranks No. 39. Sophomore Adriana Zwanck is ranked No. 54 to round out the top-trio of Wildcats.
The Competition: Arizona State received the tournament’s No. 1 seed based on calculations by the Pac-10 using the average of the Sagarin and Golfstat national women’s golf rankings. The seeds determine the order of play for the first round of competition. USC is the No. 2 seed, UCLA is No. 3, No. 4 is Stanford, Arizona is No. 5, Washington State is No. 6, No. 7 is California, No. 8 is Oregon, Washington is No. 9, and Oregon State is No. 10. Arizona will be paired with Washington State during the first round of play. Seeds for the subsequent rounds are determined by the previous round’s results.
Many of the nations top individual players will be showcased at the tournament as well, as Arizona State has two players that currently stand in the top-5 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Anna Nordqvist and Jennifer Osborn of Arizona State are ranked No. 2 and No. 5 respectively. Azahara Munoz also of Arizona State is ranked No. 11. Arizona’s Alison Walshe is ranked No. 9, USC’s Paola Moreno is ranked No. 15, Stanford’s Lauren Todd is ranked No. 19, and UCLA’s Tiffany Joh and Hannah Jun are ranked No. 23 and No. 25 respectively.
Top Flight: The Wildcats finished in the top 10 at each of the four events that they participated in during the fall. Arizona has also placed an individual in the top 10 six times throughout the fall, with two first-place finishes by Allison Walshe. Through five tournaments in the spring, the Wildcats have continued their streak by adding five more top 10 finishes to their record, three of which were top-5 finishes at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, and the BYU Dixie Classic. Three Wildcats finished in the top-10 at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, with junior Alison Walshe leading the way in fourth. Sophomore Amanda Wilson finished fifth and junior Mary Jacobs tied for ninth. Walshe claimed her seventh top-20 finish and third individual victory of the season at the BYU Dixie Classic. Jacobs claimed her sixth top-20 finish at the PING/ASU Invitational.