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Women's Golf Travels to Pac-10 Rival Stanford
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 13, 2004
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Teeing Off: The Arizona women’s golf team will travel to Palo Alto, Calif. Oct. 15-17, to participate in the Stanford-Pepsi Women’s Intercollegiate on the Stanford University golf course. The team returned from the Mason Rudolph Championship last week after tying for 12th place with Furman.


A Look At The Tournament: In the 42 years of the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate, the Arizona women’s golf team has participated 15 times. In 1990, 1998 and 2000 Stanford Intercollegiate, Arizona was victorious. Individually, former Wildcat Erica Blasberg won the 2002 and 2003 tournaments.


The Course: The 2004 Pepsi-Stanford Intercollegiate will be contested at the Stanford Golf Course. Located in the foothills overseeing the Stanford campus, the course has been rated as one of the top courses in the world. Designed in 1930 by William Bell and George C. Thomas Jr., the course has been host to numerous tournaments. The course is par 72 set across 6,168 yards.


The Field: ARIZONA, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, UCLA, Vanderbilt, New Mexico, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Tulsa, New Mexico State, Texas, Texas Tech, UNLV and Southern California.


The Schedule: The tournament will run for three days, with 18 holes being contested each day. Beginning on Friday, Oct. 15, Arizona will tee off between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (PST) on either the first or tenth tee and then the same time on Saturday. The tournament concludes on Sunday, Oct. 17, with a shot gun start at 8 a.m. (PST). On Thursday, Oct. 14, teams will participate in a practice.


Last Time on the Course: The Arizona women's golf team finished tied for 12th place with Furman after its final day of competition at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn. The Wildcats shot a 38-over-par 902 to trail tournament champion Duke by 29 strokes after the Blue Devils shot a 9-over-par 873. UCLA (874) and Georgia (876) finished in second and third, respectively. Missouri moved up one spot to fourth by carding a 291 (+3) in the final round. North Carolina State rounded out the top-five after shooting a 27-over-par 891.  Individually, junior Lani Elston tied for 16th after shooting 5-over-par 221. This was a season-low tournament score for the native of Spokane, Wash. Junior Cassandra Kirkland started the tournament out strong with a 70, but shot a 79 and 77 in the final two rounds to tie for 38th. Senior Miriam Kraschinski shot a 76 (+4) in the final round. Junior Whitney Welch tied for 59th at 14-over-par 230. Senior Mar Garcia finished in a tie at 75th after carding a 235 (+19).


Wildcat Lineup:

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

Lani Elston                    Jr.            74.66                0/1                    72                   3

Miriam Kraschinski        Sr.            76.22                0/0                    71                   3

Mar Garcia                    Sr.            76.66                0/0                    71                   3

Whitney Welch              Jr.            77.44                0/0                    73                    3         

Cassandra Kirkland        Jr.            74.77                1/0                    70                    3

Rachel Gavin*                            FIRST TOURNAMENT OF THE SEASON


* Will compete as an individual

Last Year at the Pepsi-Stanford Intercollegiate: The Arizona women's golf team finished the Stanford Women’s Intercollegiate in sixth place after shooting 14-over-par 878. Arizona finished 33 strokes behind tournament champion Duke after the Blue Devils shot a 19-under-par 845. Washington (850) and UCLA (859) occupied second and third places, respectively. California placed fourth with a 5-over-par 869. New Mexico rounded out the top-5, after carding an 875. Individually, Arizona’s Erica Blasberg tied for first with Duke’s Elizabeth Janangelo, after shooting a 209 (-7). This was the third-consecutive first-place finish of the season for the native of Corona, Calif. On Sept. 26-28, Blasberg took first at the Mason Rudolph Invitational and on Oct. 6-8, Blasberg tied for first at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. Whitney Welch tied for 30th after shooting 5-over-par 221. Lani Elston tied for 33rd at 6-over-par 222. Mar Garcia finished tied at 57th after shooting 13-over-par 229.  Miriam Kraschinski tied for 75th after shooting 21-over-par 237. Also competing for Arizona as an individual Katie Christy, who placed 94th after carding 39-over-par 255.  

Allen’s thoughts on Lani Elston:  “After a slow start in Nashville, Lani came out and played great the last two days. Hopefully her momentum will carry into this weekend at the Stanford Invitational.”


Effective Elston: Junior Lani Elston shot her season-low round of 72 in the final day of the Mason Rudolph Championship. In addition, it was also Elston’s season-low tournament at 221 (+5).


Magical Miriam: Senior Miriam Kraschinski tied her season-low tournament of 228 at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Kraschinski also shot a 228 at the Topy Cup.


Welch’s Juice: Junior Whitney Welch tied her season-low tournament of 230 at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Previous to the Mason Rudolph, Welch shot a 230 (+16) the week before at the NCAA Fall Preview.


Cass’s Castle: Junior Cassandra Kirkland shot a season low round of 70 the first day of the Mason Rudolph Championship. Kirkland fired five birdies alone in round one.


Banged Up:  Senior Mar Garcia played with a taped wrist during the Mason Rudolph Championship because of tendonitis, which seems to be getting better.


First Time is the Charm: Sophomore Rachel Gavin will participate in her first tournament of the season this weekend at the Stanford Pepsi Invitational. Last season Gavin saw action in three tournaments where she averaged 84.56 strokes. Gavin will compete as an individual.


Wildcat Coaching Staff:  A seven-year college coaching veteran, Greg Allen has led the Arizona Wildcats to nine tournament championships in just five years at the helm of the program. Included in the team’s accomplishments under Allen are the 2001 and 2002 Pac-10 Conference Championships, a national runner-up finish and a 20-stroke victory at the 2001 NCAA West Regional. Allen, hired in July 2000, came to the University of Arizona from Texas where he was the assistant coach for the Longhorn’s men’s golf team. Prior to coaching at Texas, Allen served as Director of Tournament Operations with the American Junior Golf Association. Allen graduated from Murray State University in 1993. Shelly Haywood, hired in September 2004, assists him. Haywood played her collegiate years at New Mexico State where she was a two-time All-Big West Conference performer. For the past 11 years, Haywood has been the assistant golf professional at Tucson Country Club.


2004-05 Women’s Golf Roster


NAME                           CLASS                         HOMETOWN

Katie Christy                 Senior                           Tucson, Ariz.

Lani Elston                    Junior ?- RS                   Spokane, Wash.

Mar Garcia                    Senior                           Borriol, Spain

Rachel Gavin                 Sophomore ?- RS           Tucson, Ariz.

Cassandra Kirkland        Junior                           Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France

Miriam Kraschinski        Senior                           Whitianga, New Zealand

Whitney Welch              Junior                           Las Vegas, Nev.


Greg Allen, Head Coach

Shelly Haywood, Assistant Coach

Tim Lynch, Manager