Nov. 1, 2002
AUBURN, Ala. - Arizona shot an opening-round 296 (+8) at day one of the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational to position itself in a tie for fifth place with 36 holes remaining in the tournament that features seven of the nation's top-ten ranked squads.
The Wildcats were paced by the performances of Erica Blasberg, Julia Kraschinski and Mar Garcia as each stands in the top 15 after Friday's opening round. Arizona sits seven strokes back of tournament-leading Tennessee.
"Today's performance was a total team effort," head coach Greg Allen said. "This is an example of the depth this team has. Tomorrow, we hope to lower those scores a little bit and make a move up the leaderboard."
Tennessee posted the low round of the day by shooting 1-over-par 289 to claim the team lead after one round. Tournament host Auburn holds second place at 3-over-par 291, while Duke and Texas are tied for third. Southern California also shot 8-over-par 296 to stand tied with Arizona in fifth place. Individually, Summer Sirmons of Georgia and Diana Ramage hold first place as they posted scores of 3-under-par 69.
Blasberg, a freshman from Corona, Calif., posted the best individual round for Arizona Friday as she shot even-par 72. Blasberg, who won her first career title last month at the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate, closed the day on a tear as she played the final nine holes at 2-under par and made no bogeys.
Garcia and Kraschinski each posted rounds of 1-over-par 73 to claim a share of 14th place. The duo is tied with five other golfers for 14th. Kraschinski, a senior from Whitianga, New Zealand, matched Blasberg's strong finish as she also played the back nine at 2-under par. Garcia's round of 73 is her best single round score since May 21 when she shot 1-under-par 71 at the 2002 NCAA Championships.
Rounding out Arizona's lineup were sophomore Miriam Kraschinski and senior Anne Lee. The younger Kraschinski carded a 6-over-par 78 to put herself in a tie for 45th, while Lee shot 79 (+7) and is tied for 53rd place. Redshirt freshman Katie Christy made her collegiate debut, competing as an individual, and shot 18-over-par 90 and is in 75th place.
Play at the ninth-annual Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational continues with Saturday's second round beginning at 7 am. MST. Arizona is seeking its second team championship and its third individual medalist of the fall season.
Place School Scores 1 Tennessee 289 (+1) 2 Auburn 291 (+3) T3 Duke 294 (+6) Texas 294 (+6) T5 Arizona 296 (+8) Southern California 296 (+8)