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Erica Blasberg Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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General: Ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index for a majority of her freshman season... Won two individual championships... Followed in the footsteps of Lorena Ochoa, Annika Sorenstam, Marisa Baena, Natalie Gulbis as University of Arizona women who have medalist honors in their freshmen seasons... Pac-10 Conference Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the year...Made the quarterfinals of the 2003 US Women's Amateur...A four-time junior golf All-American... Signed by head coach Greg Allen in the early signing period of November 2001... Competed in the 1999 and 2002 U.S. Women's Amateur, reaching the Round of 16 in the match play portion of the tournament in both appearances.

Fall (2003): Individually won three consecutive tournaments... Shot her career lowest 54-hole total at the Stanford-Pepsi Invitational 209 (-7)...Leds team with a 71.33 stroke average.

Freshman (2002-2003): Closed the 2002-03 season as the nation's top-rated individual golfer, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index... Competed in 10 events last season, winning twice... Earned her third consecutive top-three finish as she placed third at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational with a three-round total of 2-under-par 214... The Pac-10 Conference Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year... Was the Wildcats' top finisher in every event but her first collegiate competition...Closed her freshman campaign with nine straight top-10 finishes, including two wins and seven top-three finishes... Her season included seven rounds in the 60s and 16 rounds below par... Placed third at the 2003 NCAA Championships with a score of 10-over-par 298... The only golfer in the field to card two sub par rounds... One of only two women to shoot a round in the 60s at the NCAA Championships...Shot a career-best round of 68 in the final rounds of the NCAA East Regional and the Wildcat Invitational... Took third place at the Pac-10 Championships... Won the Wildcat Invitational with a three-day score of 3-under-par 210... Opened the spring season by tying for second at the rain-drenched Regional Challenge. Her first career title at the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate...One of three Wildcats to finish in the top 10 at the Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championships...Shot even-par 216 to take second place at the Mason Rudolph Collegiate Championships...Became the 17th woman in Arizona history to win medalist honors as she won the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate... Shot 73-69-69+211 (-5)...Began her collegiate career by placing 21st at the NCAA Fall Preview... Shot even-par 72 in her first round of collegiate golf, before finishing at 10-over-par 226.

Junior Golf: Named to the American Junior Golf Association's Polo Golf All-American team four times, twice a first-team selection... Medalist at the 2000 USGA Girls' Junior Championship... Reached the round of 16 in the match play portion of the 1999 U.S. Women's Amateur... Member of the 2000 United States Izzo Cup team that defeated Europe in Sweden... Won a total of four AJGA tournaments in her career... Won the prestigious AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions in 2002, shooting 75-70-69-69+283, to close her junior career... Helped the West team to victory in the 2002 AJGA Canon Cup, junior golf's Ryder Cup-style event... Also finished fourth at the AJGA ClubCorp junior at Mission Hills in 2002.

High School: Graduated from Corona High School in Corona, Calif., where she earned four letters in golf... Earned Mountain View League most valuable player honors... Was golf team captain in three of her prep seasons.