The last time the Arizona women’s golf team was on the course, they did not fair as well as they would have liked. Coming off a disappointing season, the Wildcats are looking to start this year off with a bang. The six freshmen new to the Wildcat family will be a crucial part of the Wildcats’ success.
The Cats will open the season with a junior varsity tournament next Monday and Tuesday in Flagstaff, Ariz. Northern Arizona hosts the Mountain Shootout at the Continental Country Club.
Junior Rachel Gavin will lead the Cats into Flagstaff along with freshmen newcomers Brittany Pepler, Brooke Schneider, Marisa Smith and Amanda Wilson. The four freshmen will look to Gavin to show them the ropes in their first tournament. There are very high expectations for Wilson, the only scholarship freshman taking part in the tournament next week.
Walk-ons Pepler, Schneider and Smith are looking to prove themselves to Head Coach Greg Allen early on in the season as legitimate contenders on the talented Wildcat team.
Joining the Cats in Flagstaff are Grand Canyon, Idaho State, Sacramento State, San Diego State, UC Riverside, Utah Valley State and Western New Mexico. While the Wildcats are sending their junior varsity squad, San Diego State plans on entering two squads. The Continental Country Club Course is an overall par 73, measuring 6,002 yards.
The Arizona varsity team opens its season Friday, September 23, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt hosts the Mason Rudolph Championship next Friday-Sunday, Sept. 23-25. Seniors Lani Elston-Marshall, Cassandra Kirkland and Whitney Welch are all looking forward to starting their final seasons as Wildcats on the right foot. Everyone in the organization is hopeful that the Wildcats can forget about last year and start with a clean slate, hopefully heading towards a national championship.