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Women's Golf Bids For National Championship
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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NCAA Championships: The No. 1 ranked Arizona women's golf team goes after its eighth consecutive tournament win when it travels to Sunriver, Ore., for the 2000 NCAA Women's Golf Championships. The tournament is being held at the Crosswater Course, Sunriver Resort, a par 72, 6,502 yard layout. The tournament will take place from May 24-27. The Wildcats will travel to Sunriver with four golfers ranked in the top-25 and five golfers ranked in the top-30. Arizona has won the NCAA Championship once before - back in 1996 in La Quinta, Calif. - and has produced three NCAA individual champions (Marisa Baena, Annika Sorenstam and Susan Slaughter).

The Field: The NCAA Championship field consists of the following 24 teams (the latest national ranking also included):

No. 1	Arizona		        No. 15	Auburn
No. 2	Duke		        No. 16	Purdue		
No. 3 	Southern California	No. 17	TCU
No. 4 	Arizona State	        No. 18	Northwestern
No. 5	Stanford		No. 19	Michigan State
No. 6	Louisiana State	        No. 20	Oklahoma
No. 7 	Pepperdine		No. 21	Tennessee
No. 8	Georgia		        No. 23	Tulsa
No. 9	San Jose State	        No. 24	Oregon
No. 11	New Mexico State	No. 25	Nebraska	
No. 12	Wake Forest	        No. 28	Ohio State
No. 14	Texas		        No. 32 	Florida

Tournament Format: The four-day, 72-hole event will consist of 18 holes of play each day. Action will begin all four days at 9:00 a.m. MST/PDT... There will be five golfers representing each team and the top four daily scores will count toward each team's score.

Television Coverage: ESPN2 will be broadcast the final three rounds of the tournament. The schedule includes: Thursday and Friday - (live) Noon-2 p.m. MST/PDT Saturday's final round will be tape delayed for a Sunday broadcast (TBA) on ESPN2.

  Arizona's Lineup for the NCAA Championships                   
Women         		Year	1999-00 Avg.	Top-10 Fin.	Top-20 Fin.
Jenna Daniels   	Sr.	71.70			9		1
Cristina Baena  	So.	73.33			5		3
Jill Gomric		Sr.	74.14			4		3
Julia Kraschinski	Fr.	75.20			2		5    
Christina Monteiro	Jr.	75.50			3		2

Media Notes: Results can be obtained through Fax-on-Demand... Call (707) 563-1133... The passcode is 1915.. The cell number is 5107 for the final day ... Results will also be available on the Oregon State web site,

UA Golf Notes: The top-ranked Wildcats have been ranked No. 1 for the past 11 weeks in a row... Each member of the Arizona top-five is ranked among the nation's top-30...The UA has earned its top-ranking by capturing eight tournament titles this season, including the last seven in a row, which is a school record... The Cats can set the school record for tournament wins in a season with eight... The only times Arizona has not won this season were a second place performance at the year's first event -- the NCAA Preview and fifth place showing at the Stanford Invitational... The first victory of the season was at the Dick McGuire Invitational held in Albuquerque, N.M... Arizona took home the title by finishing at 28-over-par 880... The next win came at the Golf World Invitational in Hilton Head, S.C... There, the Wildcats finished with a total of 11-over-par 875... At the TRW Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif., the UA won with a 17-over-par 869... For the second year in a row, the Wildcats won the Arizona Invitational held at the Randolph Park Golf Club in Tucson with a team score of 17-over-par 857...The fifth tournament title of the season took place when the Wildcats traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the Rainbow Invitational... Arizona posted a team total of 19-over-par 883...The fifth consecutive a new school record for the Wildcats , was at the Ping/ASU Invitational held in Tempe, Ariz., at the Karsten Golf Course... The team shot 8-over-par 872... The sixth win in a row and seventh overall in 1999-00 came at the Pac-10 Championships in Eugene, Ore., at the Eugene Country Club Golf Course... Arizona posted a three day team total of 19-over-par 883, finishing 18 strokes ahead of the second place team... Jenna Daniels has placed among the top-10 in 26 of her last 30 tournaments dating back to her sophomore season... She has been ranked No.1 in the country for the past seven weeks in a row.

2000 NCAA West Regional Recap: The Arizona women's golf team captured the title at this year's NCAA West Regionals, posting a team total of 12-over-par 876. The tournament was held at the Karsten Golf Course (par-72, 6,131 yards) in Tempe, Ariz... San Jose State came in second place, carding a 17-over-par 881... USC (24-over-par 888), Arizona State (25-over-par 889) and Texas Christian (28-over-par 892) rounded out the top five... Arizona State's Miriam Nagle took home the individual title scoring a 7-under-par 209... UA's Christina Monteiro tied for sixth (1-over-par 217), while Julia Kraschinski tied for 10th (3-over-par 219)... Jenna Daniels shot a 5-over-par 221 to tie for 15th.

UA's NCAA Championship History: This will be the Wildcats 13th overall appearance in the NCAA Championships and their sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAAs... They won it all in 1996 at the Dunes Course in La Quinta, Calif., beating San Jose State by one stroke in a sudden death playoff... Arizona was the runner-up in 1992 and has placed third on three occasions, 1991, 1997 and 1998... Last season, the Cats finished fourth at the rain-shortened NCAA Championships in Tulsa... Three UA women have won the individual title, Marisa Baena in 1996, Annika Sorenstam in 1991 and Susan Slaughter in 1990... Those three also placed second at the NCAAs -- Baena in 1997, Sorenstam in 1992 and Slaughter in 1989... A team from the Pacific-10 Conference has won the NCAA Championship in eight of the past 10 years... Arizona State has won it two of the past three years... As mentioned, Arizona won it all 1996, breaking a string of three straight ASU national titles (1993, '94, '95)... UCLA won it 1991 and ASU again in 1990... Only San Jose State (1992) and Duke (1999) interrupted the Pac-10's dominance in the 1990s.

1999 NCAA Championship Recap: After a two-hour thunderstorm and lightning delay, the fourth and final round of the 1999 NCAA Women's Golf Championships was canceled, and as a result, the third round results stood as the final results. Arizona was in fourth place heading into the final day. Prior to the time the final round was canceled, the Wildcats were in third place after completing 16 holes of play. When play was suspended, Arizona was at 63-over-par and trailed first place Duke by eight shots and second place Arizona State by six. Individually, Jenna Daniels had moved up to eighth place at 8-over-par and Krissie Register was in 11th at 15-over-par. Duke won the team competition at 895 and Arizona State's Grace Park captured the individual medalist honors at 1-under-par 212. The final standings reflected that both Register and Daniels tied for seventh place at 11-over-par 224. In the third round, Register shot a 74 for the second straight day and moved up from 12th place, while Daniels turned in her best round of the tournament with a third round 72 to move all the way up from 22nd place. Following that duo was Christina Monteiro, who after shooting a 72 in the third round, was tied for 21st with a 15-over-par 228 (76-80-72). Jill Gomric tied for 35th at 18-over-par 231 and Cristina Baena placed 47th with a 20-over-par 233.

Been Here, Done This: This will be the second time Arizona has played at the Crosswater Golf Course in Sunriver Ore., this year... The course was the host of the NCAA Preview last fall. Arizona tied for second and Jenna Daniels was the top UA golfer, tying for third... Here a look at the Wildcats' results and team results from that tourney

NCAA Preview		
T3 Jenna Daniels	70-75-72_217 (+1)		
1. Duke			878

Sept. 13-15, 1999		
T8 Cristina Baena	74-75-72_221 (+5)		
T2. Arizona			882

Sun River, Ore.		
T11 Jill Gomric		77-75-70_222 (+6)		
T2. Southern California	882

Crosswater Golf Club		
T11 Julia Kraschinski	78-72-72_222 (+6)		
4. Arizona State		891

Par-72, 6,502 yards		
T75 Christina Montiero	78-79-81_238 (+22)	
5. UCLA			905

NCAA Championships Average Finish Last Four Years

1996 1997 1998 1999 Avg Arizona St. 6 1 1 2 2.50 ARIZONA 1 3 3 4 2.75 Stanford 5 4 8 8 6.25 Tulsa 10 8 6 6 7.50 Duke 7 DNQ 4 1 7.75

Pac-10 Honors for the UA: Jenna Daniels was named the 1999-2000 Pac-10 Conference Women's Golfer of the Year... She was also named to the All-Pac-10 first team... Joining Daniels on the All-Pac-10 first team were two other UA golfers - Jill Gomric and Cristina Baena... Two Cats were named to the honorable mention team, Christina Monteiro and Julia Kraschinski... Head coach Todd McCorkle was selected as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year... For Daniels, this year marked the third consecutive year she has been named to the All-Pac-10 first team... It was Gomric's second consecutive season to receive All-Pac-10 first team mention.

2000 Pac-10 Championships: The Arizona women's golf team captured its sixth consecutive tournament title at this year's Pac-10 Championships on April 26, carding a team total of 19-over-par 883... It was the UA's fourth Pac-10 title in school history and third in the past four years... The tournament was played at the Eugene Country Club Golf... Individually for the Wildcats, Jenna Daniels shot a three day total of 3-over-par 219 and finished in second place... Cristina Baena placed third with a 4-over-par 220... Tied for fourth place was Jill Gomric, carding a 5-over-par 221... Julia Kraschinski finished her first Pac-10 Championship tied for 14th with a 10-over-par 226, while junior Christina Monteiro tied for 26th at 15-over-par 231... Competing as an individual was freshman Anne Lee, who also tied for 26th at 15-over-par 231.

Arizona's Coaching Staff: Todd McCorkle, this year's Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year, is in his second season as head coach of the women's golf team... He has led Arizona to 12 tournament titles in 23 outings during his two years at the helm of the UA women's golf program... Prior to last year, McCorkle served as UA Director of Golf Rick LaRose's associate head coach for both the Arizona women's and men's teams in 1997-98... Last year, the women's team finished second at both the Pac-10 Championship and NCAA West Regional, and then placed fourth in the NCAA Championships... Prior to coming to Tucson, McCorkle was the head coach of the Coastal Carolina men's and women's golf teams... He is assisted by Amy Solfisburg, who is in her seventh year with the UA women's golf program.

Wildcat Golf Tradition: Arizona won the 1996 NCAA title, finished third in 1996 & 1997 and placed fourth last season... The UA has produced three national players of the year - Annika Sorenstam in 1991 and Marisa Baena in 1996 and 1997... There have been three national champions from Arizona... Susan Slaughter won it in 1990, Sorenstam in 1991 and Baena in 1996... In the past four years, Arizona has had 12 All-America first, second or honorable mention team performers... Further, there have been 20 All-Pac-10 first, second or honorable mention team selections... Overall, Arizona has produced 13 first team All-Americans... In the 1990s, the Wildcats have won 42 tournaments and had 38 individual champions.

Updated Player Bios

Jenna Daniels, Sr., 5-6, Bonita, Calif. (Bonita Vista HS):
The No. 2 ranked women's collegiate golfer according to the MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings... National Player of the Year candidate... Was named the Pac-10 Conference's Golfer of the Year and was an All-Pac-10 First Team selection for the third season in row... Rolex Collegiate Golfer of the Month for both April and November... Nominated for the Honda Award in women's golf... In her past 30 tournaments dating back to 1998, she has 26 top-10 finishes... Has a final round scoring average of 69.7 in 1999-00... Carded a sub-70 final round score in seven of her last eight tournaments... Tied for second at the Pac-10 Championships after shooting a 3-over-par 219... Tied for 15th at this year's NCAA West Regionals with a score of 5-over-par 221... Has the best stroke average on the team (71.70) and in 10 tournaments this year, has placed in the top-10 nine times... Has won two tournament titles in 1999-00 the Golf World Invitational in November and the Ping/ASU invitational in April... Voted the University of Arizona Women's Athlete of the Year by the readers and staff of the Arizona Daily Wildcat... Finished second in three tournaments this year and has an average finish of 4.7 in her 10 outings... A first team All-American last year and finished the season as the nation's No. 1 ranked golfer... Finished in a tie for seventh place at the rain-shortened 1999 NCAA Championships... Had a three-round total of 8-over-par 224 (76-76-72)... Named to the Golfweek/Sagarin All-Far West District first teams and was a first team All-Pac-10 selection as a junior... Won the 1999 NCAA West Regional after firing a 5-under-par 211 (70-67-74)... Led wire-to-wire and won by four shots... Her second round 67 set a collegiate course record at the Pine Forest Country Club in Houston... Finished first four times during her career... Won the Pac-10 Championship as a sophomore.

Cristina Baena, So., 5-3, Pereira, Colombia (Canyon Del Oro HS/Tucson):
Ranked No. 10 in the country... Has five top-10 finishes in 1999-00 and won the Rainbow Invitational in late March... Won the tournament after a sudden death playoff with teammate Jenna Daniels... Has a stroke average of 73.33... Three top-20 performances... Member of the All-Pac-10 Conference first team... Finished third at the Pac-10s with a 4-over-par 220... Placed tied for 34th at this year's NCAA West Regionals shooting a 9-over-par 225... Average finish of 14.1 this season... Honorable mention All-America selection last year as a freshman and had five top-10 finishes in 10 tournaments, as well as two top-20 outings... Owned the third-best stroke average on the team (75.18) and finished the year ranked No. 21 in the country... Tied for 19th in last season's NCAA West Regionals... Has 10 career top-10 finishes in her 20 outings as a Wildcat.

Jill Gomric, Jr., 5-6, Belleville, Ill. (Althoff Catholic HS):
Currently ranked 11th in the country... First team All-Pac-10 selection for the second consecutive year... Has four top-10 finishes and three top-20 performances... In 10 tournaments this season, has finished out of the top-20 only twice a tie for 35th at the Ping/ASU Invitational and tie for 65th at the NCAA West Regionals.... Withdrew from the Rainbow Invitational after suffering a wrist injury... Third on the team in stroke average at 74.14... Best tournament of the season was the Pac-10 Championships, when she tied for fourth... Gave Arizona three golfers in the top four and helped the Cats win their fourth conference title... Tied for sixth at the Golf World Invitational... A honorable mention All-American last season and a first team All-Pac-10 selection... Placed eighth at the Pac-10 Championships with a 4-over-par 220... Finished the year ranked No. 24 in the country... Tied for 35th at the 1999 NCAA Championships (231)... As a sophomore in 1998, she tied for fourth at the NCAA West Regionals (216).

Christina Monteiro, So., 5-6, Las Vegas, Nevada (Bonanza HS):
Ranked No. 23 in the latest rankings... Owns a stroke average of 75.50... Has three top-10 outings and two top-20 finishes... Back-to-back top-five finishes at the TRW Regional Challenge (T4th) and the Arizona Invitational (T5th)... Finished the NCAA West Regionals tied for sixth, the highest finish of all Arizona competitors... Shot a 1-over-par 217... Tied for 26th at the Pac-10 Championships and was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference selection... Her top-20 performances were a tie for 13th at the Ping/ASU Invitational (222) and a tie for 17th at the Rainbow Invitational (230)... Tied for 25th at last year's NCAA West Regionals (228) and was the UA's third-highest finisher.

Julia Kraschinski, Fr., 5-8, Whitianga, New Zealand (Bradenton Academy (Fla.)):
The fifth of the Arizona top-five who are all ranked among the country's top-30... She is ranked 29th and has turned in two top-10 finishes and five top-20 performances... Stroke average of 75.20... Has enjoyed a solid freshman campaign... She has placed in top-15 in her last four tournaments in a row... Honorable mention All-Pac-10 team selection... Tied for 10th at the NCAA West Regionals (219) - the second-highest finisher for the Wildcats... Tied for 14th at the Pac-10 Championships (226)... Tied for 13th at the Ping/ASU Invitational (222) and tied for 10th at the Rainbow Invitational (227).