Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women?s Golf Ready to Tee off 2006 Season
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 09, 2006
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. ?- The Arizona women’s golf team will make its first appearance in 2006 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, hosted by Ohio State University.  The tournament runs Feb. 13-15 at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in California. 


In addition to the Wildcats, the 15-team field includes Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Florida, New Mexico, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Tulane, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest and Washington. 


The Palos Verdes Golf Club course is a par 71 that stretches 5,912 yards.  In 2000, Arizona won the tournament with a score of 869.  The Cats accomplished the same feat the following year, shaving five strokes off their team score, for an 864. 


Pepperdine was crowned champion last year shooting an 896. 


A few changes have been made to the Wildcat line-up since last fall, most notably the addition of freshman Adriana Zwanck and the departure of senior Lani Elston-Marshall.


Zwanck, a native of Madrid, Spain, joins the Wildcats as a highly talented player who posted stellar numbers as an amateur in Spain.  In 2005, Zwanck earned was the top-ranked player in the Spanish Amateur Rankings.


“Adriana is a proven player and enjoyed much of her success on the international junior level,” head coach Greg Allen said.  “She will make an immediate impact on our team and given time, could be one of the great players at the collegiate level.”


After earning her degree earlier than expected, Elston-Marshall has decided to end her collegiate career in order to return home.


For the first time in Allen’s tenure at Arizona, he will assemble the starting line-up with four freshmen.  Lauren Espinosa, Sommer Scholl, Amanda Wilson and Adriana Zwanck will accompany lone senior Whitney Welch in Palos Verdes next week.


“I think everyone is anxious to see what we can do,” Allen said.  “We finished the fall on a high note and we hope to continue the same quality of play.”


The Cats will tee off Monday at 9 am. PST.