Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Women's Golf To Host The Wildcat Invitational
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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Teeing Off: The Arizona women's golf team started their spring season by placing fourth at the Northop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. on Feb. 9-11. Up next for the Wildcats is their home tournament the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. on Feb. 23-25 at Arizona National Golf Course.

A Look At The Tournament: The Wildcat Invitational has hosted the best competition since 1983. The tournament formerly known as the Conquistadores/Chris Johnson Invitational was moved three years ago from Randolph North to the Wildcat's home course Arizona National. The tournament has given Tucson a chance to see the future stars of the LPGA tour.

The Course: The 2004 Wildcat Invitational will be held again this year at the Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. The course is Par 71 set across 6,28 yards.

The Field: Arizona, Arizona State, California, New Mexico State, North Texas, Northern Arizona, Ohio State, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, UNLV, Vanderbilt.

The Schedule: The tournament is set to tee-off Monday, Feb. 23. The first round will began at 8 a.m. MST on Monday. Tuesday Feb. 24's second round action will tee off also at 8 a.m. MST. The final round action will be on Wednesday, Feb. 25th at a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. MST.

Wildcat Line-up and 2003-04 Statistics: Erica Blasberg (72.00), Cassandra Kirkland (75.08), Lani Elston (76.33), Whitney Welch (76.86), Rachel Gavin (FIRST TOURNAMENT OF SEASON), Mar Garcia* (76.73), Miriam Kraschinski* (80.01), Katie Christy* (85.00) * Will compete as an individual


Coach Allen's Thoughts On The Team's Performance: "We didn't hit the ball that bad. It was a course that you needed to have course knowlege of. Only two of our girls had seen that course before."

Last Time Out on the Course: The Arizona women's golf team finished in fourth, after its final day of competition at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. The Wildcats shot a 67-over-par 919 to finish 43 strokes behind tournament champion UCLA after the Bruins shot a 24-over-par 876. New Mexico (908) and Ohio State (914) occupy second and third places, respectively. Southern California shot a 69-over-par 921 to round out the top-five. Individually Arizona sophomore Erica Blasberg tied for eleventh place with California's Claire Dury after shooting a 224 (+11). Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland made her way back into the top-twenty by carding a 226 (+13) to land her tied for thirteenth. Sophomore Lani Elston tied for 38th after shooting 21-over-par 234. Junior Mar Garcia tied for 49th place after shooting 26-over-par 239 for the tournament. While junior Miriam Kraschinski shot a 36-over-par 249 for 72nd place. Also competing for Arizona, as an individual is sophomore Whitney Welch who took 77th place after carding 42-over-par 255.

Flying High: The Arizona women's golf team has placed two golfers in the top-25 of the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Sophmore Erica Blasberg ranks third, while sophomore Cassandra Kirkland found herself in 25th after her performance at the Regional Challenge.

Last Year at the Wildcat Invitational: Arizona golfer Erica Blasberg won her second career title as she took medalist honors at the 2003 Wildcat Invitational with a three-round score of 210 (-3). But Blasberg's individual effort was not enough to lift Arizona out of ninth place as the Wildcats combined to shoot 912 (+60) over the three-day tournament held at Arizona National Golf Club. Pepperdine (294-292-290-876, +24) placed four individual golfers in the tournament's top ten to claim the team title at 876 (+24). The final round saw the Waves shoot 6-over-par 290 to extend its lead over second-place Southern California to 14. Pepperdine's 14-stroke win is the largest margin of victory in the Wildcat Invitational since 1995 when Arizona State posted a 48-stroke win over second-place schools South Carolina and Wake Forest. Trailing Southern California (308-286-296-890, +38) in third place was Arizona State which finished at 895 (+43). Tennessee and Stanford rounded out the top five teams, shooting 897 (+45) and 902 (+50) respectively. Blasberg was the only golfer in the field to finish the tournament under par after closing with a final-round 68 (-3) Wednesday. By winning the event, the then freshman standout from Corona, Calif., has now posted top-three finishes in her last five collegiate events. 2003 marks the third straight year an Arizona individual has won the title at the Wildcat Invitational. Fellow then freshman Cassandra Kirkland continued her impressive debut as she finished tied for 19th place with a three-day total of 224 (+11). Kirkland, from Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France, was Arizona's second highest finisher, but since she competed as an individual her score does not contribute to the Wildcats' team total. Senior Laura Myerscough posted a final-round of 4-over-par 75 to bring her total to 227 (+14) and finish in 25th place, her fourth top-25 showing in four events this season. Anne Lee, a senior from Northridge, Calif., tied for 50th place at 234 (+21). Sophomore Miriam Kraschinski shared 71st place as she shot 28-over 241 in the three-day tournament. Freshman Whitney Welch carded a three-round total of 261 (+48) to tie for 95th place.