April 5, 2004
Teeing Off: The Arizona Women's golf team placed sixth in the PING/ASU Invitational on April 2-4, 2004 at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. The Wildcats now have two weeks off before their conference tournament.
The Rankings: The Wildcats Slipped to 11th on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Arizona had been previously ranked as high as second in the poll since the beginning of the fall season, but then took a drop after their ninth place finish at the Wildcat Invitational. Individually, sophomore Erica Blasberg dropped to fourth with a rating of 70.46.
Last Time On The Course: The Arizona women's golf team placed sixth, after its third round of competition at the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. The Wildcats shot a 26-over-par 890 to trail tournament champion UCLA by 29 strokes after the Bruins shot a 3-under-par 861. Southern California took second after carding a 13-over-par 877. New Mexico (881) was in third and Texas (885) occupied the fourth position. California (886) rounded out the top-five. In her first tournament since the Wildcat Invitational sophomore Erica Blasberg tied for sixth place with Irene Cho from Southern California after shooting a 217 (+1). The sophomore from Corona, Calif. participated in two LPGA tournaments as an amateur before returning to team play with the Wildcats. Sophomore Lani Elson tied for 12th after shooting 3-over-par 219. Junior Miriam Kraschinski tied for 22nd at 6-over-par 222. Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland tied for 59th place after shooting 16-over-par 232 for the tournament. While sophomore Whitney Welch shot a 25-over-par 241 to take 82nd place. Also competing for Arizona, as an individual is sophomore Katie Christy who to 83rd place after carding 26-over-par 242.
Coach Allen's Thoughts on Team: "We saw some good signs this weekend. It was our best team score since the Stanford tournament. We have to work on our short game before Pac-10s. We're positive and building on that going into the post season."
Effective Elston: Sophomore Lani Elston shot her career best as a Wildcat in the PING/ASU Invitational. She ended the tournament carding a 219 (+3) and also shot a career round of 69 in the final round.
Minus One: Sophomore Erica Blasberg did not make the trip to Austin, Texas for the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational because she will participate in the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship which is being held at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. on March 25-28, 2004. Blasberg shot a 15-over-par 159 to miss the cut.
Jumpin' In: Sophomore Erica Blasberg made an appearance in the LPGA's Welch's/Fry's Championship in Tucson, Ariz. on March 11-14th. Blasberg along with Joan Pitcock were sponsor exemption participatants in this event. Blasberg shot a 146 (+6) and did not make the cut. Several former Wildcats joined Blasberg, the list includes; Lorena Ochoa, Marisa Baena, Jenna Daniels, Natalie Gulbis, Chris Johnson, Kathryn Marshall, Laura Myerscoug
A and B: The Wildcats spilt their team for the Mountain View Collegiate. Arizona used their B-squad to compete.
Classic Christy: Sophomore Katie Christy shot her best as a Wildcat in the Mountain View Collegiate. Christy finished the tournament 21-over-par 237. Saturday's afternoon round was Christy's collegiate best round of golf. She went 1-under-par 71.
Golfin' Gavin: Freshman Rachel Gavin played her collegiate best at the Mountain View Collegiate. Gavin shot a 242 (+26) at the tournament.
Not Sweet Home: The Wildcats suffered their worst finish of the 2003-04 season at their home tournament, the Wildcat Invitational. Arizona finished ninth out of 15 teams on their home course, Arizona National. At the 2003 Wildcat Invitational the women's golfers placed ninth also.
Drivin' in the Rain: At the Wildcat Invitational on Monday, February 23 rain drenched Arizona National and the women golfers competing. Several player blamed the rain for their woes, while others flurished in the stormy conditions.
Making The Grade: In the Dec. 20-27, 2003 issue of Golfweek the Arizona Women's Golfers recieved a letter grade of A. The Golfweek staff cited 'All four finishes in top-6, including a victory at Washington' as the reason for the A grade.
Sophomore Sensation: Sophomore Erica Blasberg, a pre-season All-American selection, won three individual title during the fall season. Her latest at the Pepsi-Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on Oct. 17-19. Blasberg's first season victory came at the Mason Rudolph Invitational on Sept. 26-28, followed by her second victory at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational on Oct. 6-8.
Record Setting Blasberg: The Pepsi-Stanford Invitational was Erica Blasberg's best three-rounds of golf in her career at Arizona. In all three rounds Blasberg shot under par, carding a 209 (-7) to tie her with Duke's Elizabeth Janangelo for first.
Wonderful Welch: Sophomore Whitney Welch shot her collegiate best, by posting 73-75-73-221(+5) at the Pepsi-Stanford Invitational.
Cool Cassandra: Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland stayed in the top five throughout all three rounds at the NCAA Fall Preview. On her first day of competition Kirkland tied with Auburn's Nicole Hage, with both carding 4-under-par 68. On her second day, she stood atop the leader board at the Preview by shooting an even par 72. In her final round Kirkland tied with fellow Wildcat sophomore Erica Blasberg after shooting a 1-under-par.
New to the Greens: The Wildcat Invitational was the first event of the season for freshman Rachel Gavin. Gavin placed tied for 61st after shooting 31-over-par 244.
Superior Sophomores: Head coach Greg Allen took four sophomores to the team's first three events of the fall. Erica Blasberg, Lani Elston, Whitney Welch and Cassandra Kirkland helped the Wildcats place in the top five in the Fall's first three events.
Wildcat Coaching Staff: A six-year college coaching veteran, Greg Allen has led the Arizona Wildcats to nine tournament championships in just four years at the helm of the program. Included in the team's accomplishments under Allen are the 2001 and 2002 Pac-10 Conference Championships, a national runner-up finish and a 20-stroke victory at the 2001 NCAA West Regional. Allen, hired in July 2000, came to the University of Arizona from Texas where he was the assistant coach for the Longhorn's men's golf team. Prior to coaching at Texas, Allen served as Director of Tournament Operations with the American Junior Golf Association. Allen graduated from Murray State University in 1993. Jody Niemann-Dansie, hired in July of 2002, assists him. Niemann-Danise played two years on the LPGA after completing her collegiate eligibility. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and was a member of the 1997 and 1998 NCAA National Championship team in Tempe.