Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Golf Tees Off at NCAA Preview
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 21, 2007
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Whatˇ?s Happening in the Clubhouse: The No. 8 Arizona womenˇ?s golf team will tee-off Monday through Wednesday, September 24-26, at the NCAA Preview hosted by the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Course: The UNM Championship Course stretches 6,069 yards and is a par-73. The course is one of the top collegiate venues in the country and was home to either the menˇ?s or womenˇ?s national championship in 1976, 1987, 1992, and 1998.

The Field: Joining the Wildcats at the tournament are 11 other teams ranked in the top-25, seven of which are ranked in the top-10, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, including No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 Duke, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 6 Southern California, No. 7 Auburn, No. 10 Georgia, No.13 Purdue, No. 16 Wake Forest, No. 18 Stanford, and No. 25 Vanderbilt.

The Schedule: 18 holes will be played each day with tee times scheduled for 8 to 9:30 a.m. MDT. A shot-gun start at 7:30 a.m. is scheduled for Wednesday.

Coming to You Live: Live scoring for the tournament will be provided on Complete scoring will be available on after each round of play.

Who's on The Green for Arizona:

Golfer ???????? Year??????????????? Stroke?????????????? Top??????????? Low???????????????? Events

????????????????????????????????????????? Avg.??????????????? 10/20???????? Round

Alison Walshe Sr.?????????????? 72.00???????????????? 1/0?????????????68?????????????????????? 1

Mary Jacobs??? Sr.???????????????74.00????????????????? 0/0????????????72?????????????????????? 1

Adriana Zwanck Jr.????????????? 71.33???????????????? 1/0?????????????70???????????????????????1

Amanda Wilson Jr.????????????? 75.00????????????????? 0/0????????????73?????????????????????? 1

Alejandra Llaneza Fr.?????????? 78.00????????????????? 0/0??????????? 76?????????????????????? 1


*Competing as an individual

By the Numbers: Georgia won the tournament last year after posting a score of 869 through three rounds of play. Nicole Smith of Tennessee won the individual crown in 2006 after carding a score of 211 (-8), which included rounds at six-under and four-under.

Last Time on the Fairway: The Arizona womenˇ?s golf team finished in a tie for sixth at the Mason Rudolph Championship, held at the Vanderbilt Legends Golf Course in Nashville, Tenn., September 14-16. The Wildcats shot a four day total of 877 (+13). Leading Arizona individually was junior Adriana Zwanck who carded a tournament total of 214 (-2) to take eighth place. UCLA won the tournament after carding a 851 (-13) through three rounds of play.

Also competing for the Wildcats was seniors Alison Walshe and Mary Jacobs, who finished in a tie for 10th place and 31st place respectively. Walshe garnered her ninth top-10 finish as a Wildcat at the tournament. Junior Amanda Wilson tied for 48th place with a total score of 225 (+9). Freshman Alejandra Llaneza finished in a tie for 77th place with a score of 234 (+18) after 54 holes of play. Competing as an individual was junior Marisa Smith, who finished in 90th place.

Interesting Notes: Junior Adriana Zwanck leads the Arizona team in several categories following the first tournament of the season. The Madrid, Spain product has a stroke average of 71.33 and the lowest tournament score of 214. Zwanck also shot two out of three rounds at the Mason Rudolph Championship below par.

Trio of Pac-10 Honors: Three Wildcats earned Pac-10 honors during the 2006-07 season. Junior Alison Walshe was named to the first team, while junior Mary Jacobs and sophomore Adriana Zwanck received second team recognition. The Wildcats have had at least three players earn Pac-10 honors in 11 of the last 12 seasons.

Wildcat All-Americans: Two Arizona golfers were honored as All-Americans for the 2006-07 season. Alison Walshe was named a first team All-American by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and a second team All-American by Golfweek magazine. Mary Jacobs was an All-American honorable mention selection by the magazine as well.

Smarty ˇ®Cats: Alison Walshe and Mary Jacobs also earned Pac-10 All-Academic team honors. Jacobs was named to the first team, while Walshe garnered honorable mention honors. Jacobs is majoring in Psychology and currently has a 3.5 GPA.

The NCAA Preview: The tournament is called the Preview because the University of New Mexico is hosting the 2008 NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 20-23 of next year. The tournament is the only chance that teams outside of the Mountain West Conference will have to play the course before the NCAA Championships.

Coach Haywoodˇ?s Teeˇ?s Off: I really feel like this team is coming together nicely. We have been working really hard on short game and it is paying off. This course will set up great for us and the conditions will be similar to courses here in Tucson. Our ball striking has been great and we just need to make a few more putts. These girls went out and proved in the first round last week that they belong at the top. Right now, our confidence is high and we are ready to prove that we are the team to beat.

Driving Range Rankings: Arizona is currently ranked 8th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, senior Alison Walshe ranks No. 10, while fellow classmate Mary?Jacobs ranks No. 55. Junior Adriana Zwanck is ranked No. 8 to round lead the way for the Wildcats.

Chipping the Competition: The NCAA Preview is composed of 11 teams that rank in the top-25 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Five of the Pac-10 teams are participating, all five of which are ranked in the top-20. The field also includes the top-12 finishers at the 2007 NCAA Championship.

Top Flight: The Wildcats finished in the top 10 at each of the events that they participated in during the 2006-07 season, excluding the NCAA Championships. Arizona placed an individual in the top 10 six times throughout the fall of 2006, with two first-place finishes by Allison Walshe. Through eight tournaments in the spring, the Wildcats continued their streak by adding seven more top 10 finishes to their record, four of which were top-5 finishes at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, the BYU Dixie Classic, and the Pac-10 Conference Championships. Three Wildcats finished in the top-10 at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, with Alison Walshe leading the way in fourth. Amanda Wilson finished fifth and Mary Jacobs tied for ninth. Following the first tournament of the 2007-08 season, the Wildcats have begun the tradition once again, tying for sixth place at the Mason Rudolph Championship. Two Wildcats also finished in the top-10, as Adriana Zwanck finished eighth and Alison Walshe tied for tenth.