Oct. 28, 2001
Teeing Off: Arizona's women's golf team will participate in the fifth annual Hawaii Fall Invitational this week. The two-day tournament will be contested on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at the Kapolei Golf Course in Kapolei, Hawaii. Teams will play 36 holes on the first day of the tournament and 18 on the final day.
Course: Kapolei Golf Course will play to a par of 72 at 5,900 yards for the tournament. Kapolei has been host to the LPGA's Cup of Noodles Lady Hawaiian Open.
The Field: This year's tournament boast a field of 19 teams, the largest in the tournament's five-year history. Six teams are ranked in the top-50 in the Oct. 25 edition of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The field includes: Arizona, Hawaii, Southern Illinois, Long Beach State, Colorado, UNLV, California, San Jose State, Baylor, Oregon, UC RIverside, Denver, New Mexico, Idaho, Central Florida, Brigham Young, San Diego Stae, Oregon State and San Francisco.
Wildcat Lineup: Golfer Year Avg. Top 10/20 Low Rnd. Events Lorena Ochoa So. 69.00 2/0 68 2 Laura Myerscough Jr. 75.00 1/0 72 2 Anne Lee Jr. 76.00 0/1 76 2 Miriam Kraschinski Fr. 80.00 0/0 80 1 Cathie Williamson Sr. 81.00 0/0 80 1
Last Time Out at the Oregon State Invitational: Sophomore Lorena Ochoa won individual medalist honors for the sixth time in her career and the second time of the season at the Oregon State Invitational after posting a career-best 54-hole total of 10-under-par 206. Arizona finished tied with tournament champion California at 18-over-par 882, but took second place by virtue of the NCAA tie-break policy. The Wildcats closed action at the Oregon State Invitational, held at Trysting Tree Golf Club, with a third-round of 17-over-par 305. Despite posting identical scores, California was awarded first place over Arizona as the low score from each team's fifth player broke the tie. Ochoa used rounds of 72, 67 and 67 to finish nine strokes ahead of Anne Walker and Sarah Huarte of California and Kim Kouwabunpat of Stanford, who tied for second at 1-under-par 215. Earning top-15 finishes for Arizona were juniors Laura Myerscough and Anne Lee. Myerscough completed play tied for 10th place, while Lee tied for 14th.
Last Time in Hawaii: In March 2001, Arizona's women's golf team came away with a second-place finish at the Dr. Thompson Rainbow Invitational after shooting a total of 898. Oklahoma State claimed the tournament championship with a three-round team total of 895. Wildcat freshman Natalie Gulbis earned the second tournament championship of her career with a three-day total of 216 (E). Gulbis, a native of Sacramento, Calif., also won medalist honors at the TRW Regional Challenge in February. Sophomore Laura Myerscough finished in fifth place, the highest showing of her career, after completing the tournament at 222 (+7). Also in the top-20 for Arizona was sophomore Anne Lee. Junior Cristina Baena tied for 24th place with a three-round total of 231, while sophomore Julia Kraschinski finished in 61st place with a total of 243. Arizona freshman Lorena Ochoa, the nation's top-ranked golfer, did not compete in the Rainbow Invitational because she just wrapped up play in the Nabisco Championship, one of the LPGA tour's major tournaments. Ochoa tied for 21st at the Nabisco with a score of 290 (+2).
Ochoa On the Prowl: Sophomore Lorena Ochoa won her sixth collegiate tournament at the Oregon State Invitational earlier this month. The sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico, has not finished a tournament lower than third place since her collegiate debut last September at the 2000 NCAA Fall Preview where she tied for ninth. She holds a streak of 10 consecutive top-10 finishes.
All in the Family: With freshman Miriam Kraschinski making her collegiate debut, the Wildcats added another pair of sisters to the Arizona golf family. Miriam joins her sophomore sister Julia on the squad. They join current Wildcat Cristina Baena and her sister LPGA star Marisa as the only siblings to have competed for Arizona.
Wildcat Coaching Staff: Now in his second year with the Arizona golf program, Greg Allen led the team to six tournament championships, including the Pac-10 Conference Championship and a 20-stroke victory at the NCAA West Regional. This summer, he paired with Arizona men's head coach Rick LaRose to coach the United States team to victory in 2001U.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 Holly Carriker, who joined the staff in September. Carriker competed collegiately at USC for two years before transfering to Texas, where she completed her remaining eligibility. The Texas native is a member of the LPGA's Teaching & Club Professional Division.