July 21, 2004
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona women's golfers sophomore Lani Elston and sophomore Whitney Welch were selected to the NCAA Division I All-American Scholar team, released July 14th by the National Golf Coaches Association.
Elston, a freshman from Spokane, Wash., participated in 11 tournaments in 2003-04 (34 rounds), Elston posted a 76.71 stroke average which placed her third on the team in averages. Her 5-over 219 total, April 2-4 in Tempe, Ariz., was a career-low and tied her for 12th place. It was one of three top-30 finishes for Elston. A photography and music major, Elston is one of eight returning letterwinners for the Wildcats in 2004-05.
A native of Las Vegas, Nev. Whitney Welch participated in nine tournaments in 2003-04 (27 rounds), Welch posted an 80.37 stroke average and helped the Wildcats to victory in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. Her 73 in round one on Oct. 6 in Seattle, Wash., tied her season-low round and tied her helped her finish tied for seventh place. Welch, a political science major, will be a returning letterwinner for the Wildcats in 2004-05.
Elston and Welch were two of 318 NCAA Division I, II or III student-athletes honored by the NGCA. To be recognized for this honor, a golfer must have competed in at least 66 percent of the school's regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year and maintain a cumulative 3.50 grad point average.