Teeing Off: The Arizona women’s golf team will take the course Monday-Wednesday, March 6-8, at the Guadalajara Invitational hosted by the University of California. The tournament will be held at the Guadalajara Country Club in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Course: The Guadalajara Country Club course stretches 6,200 yards and is a par 72.
The Field: The 11 team field includes Arizona, Arizona State, California, Duke, Georgia, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas, Washington, UCLA and USC. There will also be five individuals competing (three from Cal, one from UCLA and one from USC).
The Schedule: Eighteen holes will be played each day with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. (CT). The final round may be a shotgun start, but that is yet to be determined. A practice round will be held on Sunday, March 5, beginning 1:00 p.m. (CT).
Golfer Year Stroke Avg. Top 10/20 Low Rnd. Events
Amanda Wilson Fr. 74.47 2/1 68 6
Lauren Espinosa Fr. 75.17 2/0 70 6
Cassandra Kirkland Jr. 75.8 0/1 69 5
Adriana Zwanck Fr. 76.00 0/0 70 2
Sommer Scholl Fr. 79.07 0/0 70 5
Last Time on the Course: The Arizona women’s golf team finished in eighth place at the Wildcat Invitational, held at the Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. Also competing was the Arizona junior varsity team which finished in 17th place. The Wildcats shot a three-day total of 874 (+22) while the JV team shot a 938 (+86). Arizona State carded an 840 (-12) and earned the tournament championship. Duke trailed the Sun Devils with an 846 (-6), followed by California and UCLA who each shot an 859 (+7) and tied for third. Rounding out the Top 5 was Auburn with an 864 (+12). Individually, freshman Lauren Espinosa finished the Wildcat Invitational tied for 25th place with fellow classmate Amanda Wilson.
The freshmen duo finished the tournament with a three-day total of 217 (+4).
Finishing three strokes behind was Wildcat junior Cassandra Kirkland who carded a three-day total of 220 (+7) and finished tied for 37th place. Kirkland eagled her final hole of the first round, which marked her low round score for the season with a 69 (-2). Making her home debut was Madrid, Spain native Adriana Zwanck who carded a 222 (+9). “I was very nervous,” Zwanck said. “I think that after the first round I started to get more comfortable, as time goes on I will feel more comfotrable.”
Interesting Notes: This is the first year that the Guadalajara Invitational has been held. Sophia Sheridan, a senior from host school California is a native of Guadalajara and is the primary reason for the tournament. After the first round on Monday all of the teams will visit a Guadalajara hospice which cares for children with cancer and will bring hats, shirts, etc., from their schools.
Allen’s thoughts on the Guadalajara Invitational: “I feel that the Guadalajara Invitational is a great opportunity for us to come out and experience something a little different. Just like our last tournament (Wildcat Invitational) there are some great teams and the field is real tough, but I think we have a chance to improve our rankings by going out there and beating some good teams. We need to stay focused and ready to play all weekend. I think our team is really excited to compete against some of the great players in the country. They are really starting to learn that playing against the best will only make you better. If we can go out there and have a few days where everyone puts a good round in at the same time, I really like our chances.”
Rankings: Arizona is currently ranked 17th in the team Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, freshman Amanda Wilson ranks No. 63 in the individual Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Freshman Lauren Espinosa is No. 75, fellow classmate Adriana Zwanck is No. 87, junior Cassandra Kirkland is No. 130 and freshman Sommer Scholl is No. 298.
The Competition: Out of the 11 team field, nine of the teams rank in the top 20, according to the team Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, with five of those in the top 10. The Cats have faced each of the teams competing this week in previous tournaments, including eight of the 11 teams that participated in the Wildcat Invitational.
Top Flight: Arizona has placed in the top 10 in four of the previous five tournaments with two top five finishes.