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Women?s Golf Earns Eighth Place at Wildcat Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 22, 2006
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TUCSON, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women’s golf team came into the second and third rounds of the Wildcat Invitational in a tie for eighth place.  After shooting a 289, +5 in round two and a 295, +11 in round three, the Wildcats completed the tournament with an eighth place finish. 


“I am really pleased with the effort we got from our freshman,” head coach Greg Allen said.  “Obviously we would have liked to finish a little higher but this tournament had some of the best teams in the country, to finish in the top 10 is nothing to hang our heads about.”


Out of the 17 schools that participated in the tournament, seven were ranked in the top 10 and 11 in the top 15, according to the Golfweek rankings. 


Entering the tournament, the No. 1 ranked Duke Blue Devils were the heavy favorite and showed why by claiming the top spot after the first round.  However, Arizona State shot a 274, -10 in the second round followed by a 280, -5 in the third round, and earned the tournament championship.  The Sun Devils, ranked ninth coming in, shot a tournament score of 840, -12, beating Duke by six strokes.


California and UCLA both shot an 859, +7 and finished in a tie for third place while Auburn’s 864, +12 landed them a fifth place finish. 


After starting the day in a tie for 37th place, Arizona freshman Lauren Espinosa had her best day shooting a 70, -1 in the third round and climbing 10 spots before finishing tied for 25th. 


Espinosa’s classmate Amanda Wilson continued to demonstrate consistency, shooting a 74, +3, her highest score of the tournament.  Wilson joined Espinosa in 25th place with a tournament score of 217, +4.


Wildcat Cassandra Kirkland shot a 73, +2 in round two and a 78, +7 in the final round.  Not only did she sink the team’s only eagle of the tournament, but Kirkland led the Cats with nine birdies.  She completed the tournament in 37th place with a score of 220, +7. 


Wildcat newcomer Adriana Zwanck made her home debut at the Wildcat Invitational, shooting a 70, -1 in the second round, followed by a 75, +4.  She finished in a tie for 37th place, seven spots better than her starting position.  Zwanck earned eight birdies throughout the tournament, second most on the team. 


“When you are playing at home there is a lot more pressure, it’s your home, and you want to do well,” Zwanck said.  “Yesterday I felt the pressure a lot more in the morning.  I was able to calm down and play better in the afternoon and today.  Once you make one mistake and shoot a triple bogey, it makes it difficult to win.”


Arizona senior Whitney Welch shot a 76, +5 in the third round and finished tied for 82nd place with comrade Rachel Gavin. 


Gavin was playing as a member of the Arizona junior varsity team for the tournament along with freshmen Brittany Pepler, Brooke Schneider, Sommer Scholl and Marisa Smith.  The Arizona junior varsity team earned a 17th place finish with a 938, +86.  Scholl enjoyed her best round of the tournament in round two, shooting a 70, -1. 


“I think we’re a very good team,” Zwanck said.  “We are improving each time we go out there, just look at how much we’ve improved since our tournament last weekend.”


Vanderbilt’s Jacqui Concolino won the tournament’s individual crown with a score of 204, -9.  Concolino improved each round, shooting a 70, -1 in the first round followed by a 68, -3 and a 66, -5 in the second and third rounds. 


“This was a great experience for two reasons,” Allen said.  “First off, it was great for our freshman to get an opportunity to play in a home tournament.  Secondly, it’s amazing to have the chance to play against such a strong field of teams this early in the spring.”


The Arizona women’s golf team tees off next at the Guadalajara Invitational March 6-8, hosted by the University of California.