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No. 6 Wildcats Head to Washington for West Regional
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 04, 2006
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No. 6 Wildcats head to washington for west regional     

            Women’s golf earns the No. 6 seed at the West Regionals for second consecutive year


What’s Happening in the Club House:  The Arizona women’s golf team takes a No. 6 seed into the NCAA West Regional, May 11-13 in Auburn, Wash., near Seattle.


Where are the Bunkers:  The Washington National Golf Club will play host to the West Regionals, stretching 6,289 yards, a par 72.  The Wildcats last teed off at the Washington course in 2002, when the school hosted the 2002 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships.  Arizona carded an 18-over-par 1170 and finished runner-up, only six strokes behind Duke.   


Who’s making the Approach:  The 21-team field includes seven conference champions, including Pac-10 champion, UCLA.  The Bruins are the No. 1 seed in the West Regional followed by Georgia, Purdue, Arkansas, UNLV, Arizona, Stanford, New Mexico, Washington, Long Beach State, Brigham Young, UC Irvine, San Jose State, Denver, Oregon State, Washington State, New Mexico State, Georgia State, Oral Roberts, Bradley and No. 21 Montana.  Nine of the 21 teams are ranked in the top-25 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.  Seven of the West Regionals competitors qualified for the NCAA Championships last year, including Arkansas, Brigham Young, Purdue, Stanford, UC Irvine, UCLA and host team, Washington.  Three individuals qualified to compete in the West Regional, Jessica Potter, San Francisco; Renee Skidmore, Idaho; Chelsea Benton, Colorado State.    


When are the Tee Times:  A practice round will be held on Wednesday, followed by 18 holes each day, beginning Thursday at 8:30 a.m. (PT) and running through Saturday.  


How Can I Follow the Carts:  Live scoring for the West Regional and all other regional tournaments will be provided on  Complete results will be available on after each round.


Who’s on the Green for Arizona:

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

Adriana Zwanck         Fr.          74.16        2/1          68           6

Amanda Wilson           Fr.          75.11        2/2          68           9

Lauren Espinosa         Fr.          75.25        3/0          70           9

Cassandra Kirkland    Sr.          76.45        0/1          68           8

Sommer Scholl            Fr.          78.82        0/0          70           8


What Happened Last on the Fairway:  The Wildcats finished in fifth place at the Pac-10 Championships, held at Oro Valley Country Club in Tucson, Ariz. April 24-26.  Arizona shot a three-day total of 907(+43).  Leading Arizona individually was freshman Amanda Wilson who carded a nine-over-par 225 and tied for 13th place.  The tournament championship was decided by one stroke as UCLA held off Arizona State 879 (+15) to 880(+16). 


With her efforts at the Pac-10 Championship, Wilson moved into second place on the team with a 75.11 stroke average for the season, a hair better than fellow classmate Lauren Espinosa’s 75.25.  The two trail freshman Adriana Zwanck, who has posted a stroke average of 74.16 this season. 


Espinosa carded a 230 (+14) and finished in a tied for 30th place, while Zwanck’s 11-over-par 227 was good enough for a 19th-place finish.  After the tournament all three freshmen were named as all-Pac-10 honorable mentions.  The trio lead the Wildcats in every statistical category.


Also competing for the Wildcats was senior Cassandra Kirkland who shot a 12-over-par 228 and finished 27th.  Rounding out the Wildcat squad was freshman Sommer Scholl who finished in 39th place with a 238 (+22).  In the second round, Scholl sank a hole-in-one on the 159 yard, par three, 17th hole.  The ace marks the fourth of her career.   


A West Regional Mulligan:  In 2005 the Arizona women’s golf team traveled to New Mexico for the West Regional at the New Mexico State University Golf Course, also as the No. 6 seed.  The Wildcats carded a three-day score of 922 (+58).  The 13th place finish left the Wildcats out of the NCAA National Championship tournament for the first time since 1994.  Lani Elston led Arizona, shooting a 13-over-par 229, and finishing in a tie for 40th place.  This year, four freshmen look to carry the Cats to a top-eight finish, and on to an NCAA national championship appearance.   


Coach Allen Tee’s Off:  “This is the one tournament that we have been working for all year.  We look to carry the momentum from the final round of the Pac-10 Championships into Regionals and get of to a good start.  Although we are very young, our freshmen understand the importance of this tournament and know they need to play hard. I feel certain that this team is ready for the post season.  All season we have been on the cusp of becoming a great team, if everyone can put together a strong round at the same time, we’ll do just fine.”


Driving Range Rankings:  Arizona is currently ranked 19th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, freshman Adriana Zwanck ranks No. 39 in the Index. Fellow classmates Lauren Espinosa and Amanda Wilson rank No. 62 and No. 66, respectively.  Junior Cassandra Kirkland is No. 157.


Chipping the Competition:  The West Regional is composed of 16 teams that rank in the top 50 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.  Nine of the Pac-10 teams earned a regional bid.  Six of the nine teams will compete at the 2006 NCAA West Regional, two in the East Regional and one in the Central.  The top eight teams will advance on to the NCAA National Championships, hosted at the Scarlet Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio, May 23-26.


Extraordinary Eagles:  Arizona has placed in the top 10 in seven of its nine tournaments this season with three of those finishes in the top five.  The Wildcats have also placed an individual in the top three in three of the last four tournaments, including back-to-back first-place finishes by Adriana Zwanck at the Mountain View Intercollegiate and the PING/ASU Invitational.  After grabbing an honorable mention for player of the week for the week of March 20-26 according to Golf World, Zwanck was named as the female college player of the week by the publication for the week of March 28-April 5.  Following the completion of the Pac-10 Championships, freshmen Lauren Espinosa, Amanda Wilson and Zwanck were named as all-Pac-10 honorable mentions.  The Wildcats have had at least three players earn Pac-10 honors in 10 of the last 11 seasons.