Sept. 8, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.-The University of Arizona women's golf team is ranked third in the preseason edition of the Golf World Collegiate Coaches' Poll, the magazine has announced. Arizona senior Laura Myerscough stands eighth in the publication's ranking of the nation's "Top 50 Players to Watch."
Arizona, which tied for second at the 2002 NCAA Championships, received 271 points and one first place vote. The Duke Blue Devils top the poll, while Auburn is second. Florida and Pepperdine round out the poll's top five, ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
Myerscough, a 5-foot-7-inch senior from Charleston, Ill., completed her third year competing for the Wildcats with the finest performance of her career as she took seventh place at the 2002 NCAA Championships. Her finish earned her a selection as a National Golf Coaches' Association Honorable Mention All-American. She closed the season with four top-10 and three top-25 finishes and a 75.21 stroke average.
Freshmen Erica Blasberg and Whitney Welch, both American Junior Golf Association All-Americans, are included in Golf World's listing of the "Best of the Rest."
The three-time defending Pac-10 Conference champion, Arizona returns five letterwinners from a team that closed the 2001-02 campaign with seven top-five finishes and a 299.39 stroke average.
The Wildcats open the fall season as they head to the NCAA Fall Preview, Sept. 15-17, at Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind.