What’s Happening in the Clubhouse:The No. 15 Arizona women’s golf team will tee-off Thursday through Saturday, May 10-12, at the NCAA Central Regional hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The Course: The University of Michigan Golf Course stretches 6,116 yards and is a par-71. The UM Golf Course has been home to many championships including the NCAA Regional Championship, three Western Junior Championships, three Michigan Opens, and one USGA Junior Championship.
The Field: Joining the Wildcats at the Central Regional are six teams ranked in the top-25 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, including No. 3 Georgia, No. 6 Southern Cal, No. 9 Vanderbilt, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 20 Michigan State, and No. 24 TCU. The 21- team field also includes eight conference champions. Southeastern Conference champion Georgia received the No. 1 seed in the Central Regional, followed by Vanderbilt, Southern Cal, Tennessee, Arizona, Michigan State, TCU, Baylor, Arkansas, Kent State, Ohio State, Northwestern, Michigan, Missouri, SMU, Maryland, Indiana, North Carolina-Wilmington, Oral Roberts, Southern Illinois, and St. Francis. Three individuals qualified to compete in the Central Regional, Gerina Mendoza, UTEP; Sara Wikstrom, Arkansas-Little Rock; Noriko Nakazaki, Notre Dame.
The Schedule: 18 holes will be played each day with tee times scheduled for 8 a.m. EST. A practice round for the Wildcats will be played on Wednesday beginning at 8:58 a.m. EST.
Coming to You Live: Live scoring for the tournament will be provided on www.golfstat.com. Complete scoring will be available on www.arizonaathletics.com after each round of play.
Who’s on the Green for Arizona:
Golfer Year Stroke Avg. Top 10/20 Low Rnd. Events
Alison Walshe Jr. 72.79 6/2 67 10+
Adriana Zwanck So. 74.87 3/2 68 10+
Mary Jacobs Jr. 74.70 3/3 70 10+
Amanda Wilson So. 77.48 1/1 71 9
Brittany Benvenuto Fr. 83.17 0/0 78 4
By the Numbers: A total of 324 participants have been selected to compete in three regional competitions. Of these players, 126 will advance to the championship finals, including eight teams and two individuals from each region. Twenty-two of the competing teams are automatic conference qualifiers, with the most conference champions playing in the Central Region.
Last Time on the Fairway:The Arizona women’s golf team finished fourth at the Pac-10 Conference Championships, held at the Broodmoar Golf Course in Seattle, Washington. The Wildcats shot a three day total of 923 (+59). Leading Arizona individually was junior Alison Walshe who garnered her sixth top-10 finish after carding a tournament total of 225 (-+9) to take sixth place. Arizona State won the conference title after carding an 897 (+33).
With the highest finish for Arizona, Walshe leads the Wildcat squad with the most top 10/20 finishes, as the Westford, Mass., product now has eight. Walshe also leads the team in stroke average (72.96) and rounds at or under par (11).
Also competing for the Wildcats was junior Mary Jacobs, who finished in 26th place after carding a 238 (+22). Sophomore Adriana Zwanck tied for 11th place with a total score of 229 (+13), giving the Madrid, Spain native her fifth top-20 finish of the season. Sophomore Amanda Wilson finished in a tie for 15th place after carding a 231 (+15). Freshman Emily Mason finished in 46th place with a score of 254 (+38) after 54 holes of play.
Interesting Notes: Alison Walshe grabbed her third individual victory of the 2006-07 season after matching her season low score of 67 in the final round of the BYU Dixie Classic. In each of her three victories, Walshe has carded one round of 67.
Trio of Pac-10 Honors: Three Wildcats earned Pac-10 honors following play at the Pac-10 Championships. 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.
The Central Regional: In 2006, the Wildcats finished seventh at the West Regional among a field that included seven conference champions and nine teams ranked in the top-25. The finish was good enough to send the Wildcats to their 19th NCAA Championships since 1982. Arizona has won four regionals and finished in the top-10 twelve times in 14 appearances dating back to 1993. Under Head Coach Greg Allen, the Wildcats have finished in the top-5 four times in six appearances at an NCAA Regional. This year, the team will look to the trio of Walshe, Zwanck, and Jacobs to carry the Cats to another top-8 finish, and on to an NCAA national championship appearance.
Coach Allen Tee’s Off: "This one tournament is why we have been practicing all year. We are going into the central regional, which is a region that we had success in 2004. It is a good region and one that we should have success in again. If we can play half-way decent, then finishing in the top-8 should not be problem. We just have to go play golf and not worry about the other teams. I feel really good about our team. Alison (Walshe), Mary (Jacobs), Adriana (Zwanck) have been our leaders all year and I know that they will continue to do that. Amanda (Wilson) has also really stepped up during the last three tournaments. Brittany (Benvenuto) will be our fifth player. We need to go out there and get scores that are respectable, with our top three players around par each round. We just have to not worry about other teams."
Driving Range Rankings:Arizona is currently ranked 15th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, junior Alison Walshe ranks No. 11, while fellow classmate Mary Jacobs ranks No. 49. Sophomore Adriana Zwanck is ranked No. 53 to round out the top-trio of Wildcats.
Chipping the Competition: The Central Regional is composed of 16 teams that rank in the top-50 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Seven of the Pac-10 teams earned a regional bid. UCLA will compete in the East Regional, Southern Cal and Arizona will compete in the Central Regional, and Arizona State, Stanford, California, and Washington State will compete in the West Regional. The top eight teams in each regional will advance on to the NCAA National Championships, hosted at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Florida, May 22-25.
Top Flight: The Wildcats finished in the top 10 at each of the four events that they participated in during the fall. Arizona has also placed an individual in the top 10 six times throughout the fall, with two first-place finishes by Allison Walshe. Through six tournaments in the spring, the Wildcats have continued their streak by adding six 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 junior Alison Walshe leading the way in fourth. Sophomore Amanda Wilson finished fifth and junior Mary Jacobs tied for ninth. Walshe claimed her third individual victory of the season at the BYU Dixie Classic and her sixth top-10 finish of the season at the Pac-10 Championships. Jacobs claimed her sixth top-20 finish at the PING/ASU Invitational.
University of Michigan Golf Course
Ann Arbor, Michigan
3. Southern Cal
6. Michigan State
10. Kent State
11. Ohio State
18. North Carolina-Wilmington
19. Oral Roberts
20. Southern Illinois
21. St. Francis
1. Gerina Mendoza, UTEP
2. Sara Wikstrom, Arkansas-Little Rock
3. Noriko Nakazaki, Notre Dame
University Club Golf Course
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
5. Texas A&M
6. North Carolina
8. Wake Forest
9. South Carolina
11. Florida State
14. South Florida
15. North Carolina State
18. College of Charleston
19. Western Carolina
20. Jacksonville State
21. Jackson State
1. Araceli Felgueroso, Coastal Carolina
2. Lene Krog, East Carolina
3. Amanda Mathis, Mississippi State
Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club
St. George, Utah
1. Arizona State
4. Oklahoma State
5. Brigham Young
8. New Mexico
9. UC Irvine
10. San Jose State
12. San Francisco
16. Washington State
20. Sacramento State
1. Kay Hoey, Long Beach State
2. Jennifer Shipley, Fresno State
3. Lehua Wise, New Mexico State