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Women's Golf Looks For A Victory At The PING/ASU Invitational
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/30/2004
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March 30, 2004

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Teeing Off: The Arizona Women's golf team will compete in the PING/ASU Invitational on April 2-4, 2004. The tournament will be contested at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz.

The Course: The 2004 PING/ASU Invitational will be played on the Karsten Golf Course on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. The course is set across 6,230-yards and is a Par 72.

The Field: Arizona State, ARIZONA, California, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Pepperdine, San Jose State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Texas, TCU, Tulsa, Washington

Tournament Format: 18 holes will be played each day. Tee times will begin at 8:00 a.m. MST from No.1 and No. 10 on Friday and Saturday and tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. MST on Sunday. The second and third round pairings will be based on the teams total and individual totals within the team.

Coming To You Live: Live scoring will be provided on www.Golfstat.com.

The Rankings: The Wildcats slipped to 10th 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 moved up one to second.

Last Time On The Course: The Arizona women's golf B-team finished in 17th, after its final day of competition at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats shot an 87-over-par 951 to finish 57 strokes behind tournament champion Denver after the Pioneers shot a 30-over-par 894. Iowa State and Colorado State finished tied in second after carding 38-over-par 902. International Pacific College (906) and San Diego State (906) tied in fourth to round out the top-five. Individually Arizona sophomore Cassandra Kirkland tied for 37th place with four other golfers after shooting a 230 (+15). Sophomore Katie Christy tied for 61st after shooting 22-over-par 237. Sophomore Whitney Welch and freshman Rachel Gavin tied for 73rd place after shooting 27-over-par 242 for the tournament.

Wildcat Starting Line-up: Erica Blasberg (72.06), Cassandra Kirkland (76.10), Miriam Kraschinski (80.33), Whitney Welch (78.90), Katie Christy* (84.11) * Will compete as an individual

Last Year at the PING/ASU Invitational: The Arizona women's golf team earned its seventh top-five finish in eight events this season as the team took fifth place at the PING/ASU Invitational. The Wildcats carded a final round 292 to close the 54-hole tournament at 22-over-par 886, 10 strokes behind tournament champion California. For the second time in the three-round tournament, Arizona posted its best team score of the spring season. Sunday's 4-over-par performance is the squad's best mark since Oct. 20 when it shot 292 in the final round of the Stanford-Pepsi Intercollegiate. The team's three-round score of 886 (+22) is its second-best tournament score of the season, eclipsed only by an 18-over-par showing at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational in November. California claimed the team title with a three-day score of 12-over-par 876. UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas took individual medalist honors, finishing at 7-under-par 209. She was one of only three golfers in the field to complete the tournament under par. Texas finished in second place, one shot behind California. UCLA and Southern California took third and fourth places, respectively. The final round saw Arizona sophomore Miriam Kraschinski scorch the Karsten Golf Course with a 4-under-par 68. The score is Kraschinski's first career round in the 60s and matches the best single-round score of any Arizona individual this season. The sophomore from Whitianga, New Zealand, made five birdies and 10 pars on the first 15 holes of the day before bogeying the 153-yard, par-3 16th hole. She made par on the final two holes of the day to finish at 4-under. Kraschinski's sizzling round moved her into a tie for 21st place at 9-over-par 225. Top-rated in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, Arizona's Erica Blasberg registered her sixth consecutive top-10 finish. The freshman tied for sixth place with a 54-hole score of 2-over-par 218. She closed the event with a final-round 73 (+1). Joining Kraschinski in a tie for 21st place was senior Anne Lee, who completed the tournament with a final-round 75 (+3). Lee has finished in the top 25 four times in the 2002-2003 season. Freshman Cassandra Kirkland earned a tie for 35th place with a score of 11-over-par 227. Senior Laura Myerscough completed the Arizona lineup and tied for 44th place at 13-over-par 229. Sophomore Mar Garcia and freshman Whitney Welch competed as individuals, tying for 60th and 63rd places, respectively.

Coach Allen's Thoughts on Team: "We certainly have not played to our potential this spring. But we feel like the Spring season gets going in April. We've won five of the last seven Pac-10 championships. We seem to be a team that peaks in April."

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.

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