Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Golf Heads North for PING/ASU Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 28, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Teeing Off: The No. 10 Arizona women’s golf team will tee-off Friday through Sunday, March 30-April 1 at the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

The Course: Karsten Golf Course streches 6,230 yards and is a par 72.

The Field: The 17 team field includes No. 10 Arizona, No. 2 Arizona State, California, Long Beach State, Missouri, No. 15 New Mexico, Oregon State, No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Pepperdine, No. 9 Stanford, No. 20 Texas A&M, Tulsa, No. 12 UCLA, UNLV, No. 6 USC, No. 7 Vanderbilt, and Washington. The strong field includes seven teams in the top-10 and ten teams in the top-25 according to the most recent Golf World/NGCA Coaches Poll.

The Schedule: 18 holes will be played on Friday and Saturday, with tee times scheduled for 8am. The final round will be played on Sunday, with a tee time set for 7:30am.

Coming to You Live: Live scoring for the tournament will be provided on


Wildcat Lineup:

Golfer                 Year                          Stroke Avg.                     Top 10/20                      Low Rnd.                 Events

Alison Walshe         Jr.                             72.81                                4/2                                  67                          7+

Adriana Zwanck       So.                            74.61                                3/0                                  68                          7+

Mary Jacobs            Jr.                              74.09                               3/2                                   70                          7+

Amanda Wilson       So.                            77.05                               1/0                                    71                          6

Emily Mason           Fr.                            81.00                                0/0                                   81                          3

*Competing as an Individual

Marisa Smith          So.                           82.00                               0/0                                     76                          1

Last Time on the Course: The Arizona women’s golf team finished second at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, held at the Kane’ohe Klipper Golf Course in Kane’ohe, Hawaii. The Wildcats shot a three day total of 899 (+35). Leading Arizona individually was junior Alison Walshe who finished in fourth place after carding a tournament total of 222 (+6). The tournament champion Texas A&M shot an 897 (+31).

With the highest finish for Arizona, Walshe maintains the lowest stroke average on the squad. Walshe currently also holds the most top-10/20 finishes, as she now has a total of six.

Also competing for the Wildcats was junior Mary Jacobs, who finished in a tie for ninth after carding a ten-over par 226. Sophomore Amanda Wilson finished fifth after shooting a 54-hole total of 223 (+7). Fellow sophomore Adriana Zwanck tied for 23rd with a total score of 233 (+17). Freshman Brittany Benvenuto also competed for the Wildcats, finishing in 62nd place. Competing as an individual was freshman Emily Mason, who tied for 34th.

Interesting Notes: At last year’s event, sophomore Adriana Zwanck claimed the individual title after carding a season low six-under par 210. Zwanck was the only Wildcat to garner an individual title during the 2005-06 campaign.

Last Year’s Champion: UCLA was the team champion of last year’s event, with a total score of 865.

Rankings: Arizona is currently ranked 10th in the Golfweek Performance Index. Individually, junior Alison Walshe ranks No. 11, while fellow classmate Mary Jacobs ranks No. 35. Sophomore Adriana Zwanck is ranked No. 52 to round out the top-trio of Wildcats.

The Competition: The field includes Arizona, Arizona State, California, Long Beach State, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon State, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, Stanford, Texas A&M, UCLA, UNLV, University of Tulsa, USC, Vanderbilt, and Washington. Seven teams are ranked in the top-10 and ten teams are ranked in the top-25.

Top Flight: The Wildcats finished in the top 10 at each of the four events that they participated in during the fall. Arizona has also placed an individual in the top 10 six times throughout the fall, with two first-place finishes by Allison Walshe. Through three tournaments in the spring, the Wildcats have continued their streak by adding three more top 10 finishes to their record at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the Wildcat Invitational, and the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. Three Wildcats finished in the top-10 at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, with junior Alison Walshe leading the way in fourth. Sophomore Amanda Wilson finished fifth and junior Mary Jacobs tied for ninth. Walshe claimed her sixth top-20 finish of the season at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational.