Sept. 22, 2002
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Teeing Off: Just one week after opening its season with a sweep of the team and individual titles at the NCAA Fall Preview, Arizona's women's golf team takes to the road again. This time, the Wildcats will compete at the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship at the Legends Club of Tennessee in Franklin, Tenn. The 54-hole tournament will be contested at the Iron Horse Course at the Legends Club with 36 holes being played Monday, Sept. 23, and the final 18 holes on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Course: The Mason Rudolph Women's Championship will be contested at the Iron Horse Course at the Legends Club of Tennessee in Franklin, Tenn. The track is a par-72 layout that will play to a length of 6,276 yards this week.
Tournament Field: Arizona, Louisiana State, Mississippi, Tulane, Missouri, Ohio State, Oregon State, North Carolina State, Stanford, Tennessee, Furman, Northwestern, UNC-Wilmington, and tournament host Vanderbilt.
Wildcat Lineup and 2002-03 Statistics:
Golfer Year Avg. Top 10/20 Low Rnd. Events Miriam Kraschinski So. 71.66 1/0 70 1 Laura Myerscough Sr. 75.00 0/1 73 1 Erica Blasberg Fr. 75.33 0/0 72 1 Anne Lee Sr. 75.50 0/0 75 1 Whitney Welch Fr. 76.00 0/0 75 1 Julia Kraschinski* Sr. Makes first appearance of 2002-03 season * will compete as an individual
Last Time Out at the NCAA Fall Preview: On the strength of an individual medalist performance from sophomore Miriam Kraschinski, Arizona's women's golf team won its first tournament of the 2002 fall season at the NCAA Fall Preview held at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. The Wildcats, for the second day in a row, posted the best team round as they shot 4-over-par 292 to complete the tournament at 889 (+25). Arizona closed the tournament three shots ahead of second-place finisher Oklahoma State, who led the tournament after both the first and second rounds. Kraschinski claimed her first career victory as she finished with a 1-under-par 215 in the three round tournament. In the final round, four of the five members of the Wildcat lineup shot their best round of the tournament. Senior All-American Laura Myerscough contributed a three-day score of 225 (+9)to tie for 18th place. Trailing Myerscough by only one stroke in a tie for 21st place was freshman Erica Blasberg. The other half of the Wildcats' freshmen class competing this week was Whitney Welch, who shared 28th place. Senior Anne Lee, whose opening-round was disqualified because she signed an incorrect scorecard, posted scores of 75 and 76 in the second and third rounds.
For Starters: Arizona kicked off its 2002-03 season in style, taking the title at the Fall Preview. The Wildcats received consistent performances from each member of the lineup--helping the team to card three sub-300 rounds. The team only accomplished that feat twice in 2001-02 season, at the PING/ASU Invitational and in its second-place showing at the NCAA Championships.
Kool Kraschinski: By winning her first career inidividual title at the Fall Preview, sophomore Miriam Kraschinski became the 16th women's golfer in Arizona history to win individual medalist honors. The tournament saw Kraschinski set a number of career bests. In addition to her career best first place finish, the sophomore from Whitianga, New Zealand shot her best single round score (70 in the second and third rounds of the Preview) and her best three-round tournament score (215). Her subpar performances in the final two rounds of the Preview marked the first time in her career that she has broken par.
All-American Girl: Senior Laura Myerscough capped her third season competing for the Wildcats with the finest performance of her career, warranting her selection as a NGCA Honorable Mention All-American. She earned four top-10 finishes and eight top-25 finishes in 11 events. Her consistency was crucial to the Wildcats' success as she was the only Arizona golfer to compete in all 11 events in 2001-02.
Fresh Face: Sophomore Miriam Kraschinski showed significant improvement during the course of her first season with Arizona. The native of New Zealand posted three of her career-best 54-hole scores in her final four events. She shot a season- and career-best three-round score of 230 through the first three days of the NCAA Championships. Her stroke average at season's end was 78.03.
On From the AJGA: Freshmen Erica Blasberg and Whitney Welch enter the University of Arizona with impressive junior golf resumes and are expected to have a significant impact on the Wildcat lineup immediately. Both have been named to the American Junior Golf Association's All-America teams on multiple occasions. Welch was named to the AJGA's All-America first-team in 2001 and won honorable mention honors in 2000. Blasberg has been honored as an All-American by the AJGA three consecutive years; winning first-team honors in 2000 and second-team honors in 2001 and 1999.
Arizona Championship Streak: Arizona extended its streak of years in which it has won a team title to eight after it captured the title at the NCAA Fall Preview last week. The last Arizona team to go winless was the 1994-95 squad, which had five top-five finishes. During the eight-season streak, Arizona has produced two national championship teams, five Pac-10 titles, four NCAA West Regional titles and 35 total tournament championships. Included in that stretch was the 1999-2000 team that won eight consecutive events.
Wildcat Coaching Staff: After his second year with the Arizona golf program, Greg Allen has led the team to seven tournament championships, including the 2001 and 2002 Pac-10 Conference Championships, a national runner-up finish and a 20-stroke victory at the 2001 NCAA West Regional. In the summer of 2001, he paired with Arizona men's head coach Rick LaRose to coach the United States team to victory in 2001 U.S.-Japan Collegiate Matches. Allen, who was hired in July 2000, came to the University of Arizona from Texas where he was the assistant coach for the Longhorns' men's golf team. Allen helped guide Texas to the 1999-2000 NCAA Central Region championship and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. 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. He is assisted by Jody Niemann-Dansie, who was hired in July 2002. Niemann-Dansie 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 teams in Tempe.