May 18, 2009
Teeing Off: The University of Arizona women's golf team ends the 2008-09 season on the biggest stage of all as the Wildcats will be one of 24 teams to take part in the 28th Annual NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, May 19-22 at the Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills, Maryland.
About the Course: The NCAA Championships will be a 72-hole event, the only one of the season, staged at the Caves Valley Golf Club in suburban Baltimore. The course is laid out as a par-72, 6443-yard course and is a Tom Fazio design. Photos of each tee and green are available on the Caves Valley website. Click here to access the course website.
Tourney Time: Arizona will be making its 23rd appearance at the national championship event, the 3rd-most of any teams in Division I. The Wildcats have a pair of titles, captured in 1996 and 2000. The Cats were also the runner-up in 1992 and 2002, sharing the place in the latter year with Auburn and Texas. Arizona will tee off at 8:10 on the 10th hole on Tuesday, paired with players from Ohio State and North Carolina each of the first two days.
Keeping Track of the Cats: The NCAA will be providing a number of ways to keep track of play at the NCAA Championships. Golfstat.com will once again be providing live scoring updates every three holes with hole-by-hole scorecard updates available. There will also be a webcast on the final two days of holes 16, 17 and 18 that can be viewed for free. Those links are provided at the top of this page.
Cats in the Polls: The Wildcats were rated as the #17 team in the nation in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index with a total rating of 74.14. Sophomore Alejandra Llaneza was the top-rated individual for the Wildcats, placing 44th with an individual total of 72.98. Arizona was also rated #20 in the final NCGA Coaches Poll released in late April.
Last Time Out: Arizona used a furious final-day rally to dig out of 11th place and climb to 7th at the NCAA West Regional at the ASU Karsten Golf Course. Freshman Nikki Koller birdied five of her final 12 holes to shoot 2-under par 70 while senior Amanda Wilson made sure her career would extend one more tournament by carding a 3-under par round of 69 to help the Cats shoot even par as a team. Though Arizona State ran away with the team title, the Wildcats were just three shots behind three teams that tied for 4th place.