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Arizona Women Retain Perch Atop MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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Tucson, Ariz. - Following a second-place finish in the NCAA Fall Preview and a five-stroke victory at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational, the Arizona women's golf team remains ranked No. 1 by the College Golf Foundation.

Junior Cristina Baena moves into the No. 1 spot from her preseason ranking of No. 2. Arizona freshman Lorena Ochoa makes her first appearance in the collegiate poll at No. 3.

Baena earned a third-place finish at the NCAA Fall Preview and was runner-up to teammate Lorena Ochoa at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational. Ochoa was dominant while taking home medalist honors at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational as she was the only golfer to finish the tournament under par with a seven-under-par 212. Ochoa leads the squad with a 72.2 stroke average, and Baena's average is 73.2.

Also ranked individually for the Wildcats is sophomore Julia Kraschinski at No. 18. Kraschinski who finished second at last year's NCAA Championships, has not competed yet this year due to a back injury.

The Wildcats garnered 316 votes, 20 more than No. 2 Duke. Southern California, Tennessee, and Stanford round out the top five.

The MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings, administered by the College Golf Foundation in cooperation with the National Golf Coaches Association, are the official rankings of the Rolex Collegiate Tour. The voting is done by a panel of women's collegiate golf coaches. The next edition of the polls will be released on Nov. 1.

Arizona continues its fall schedule on Oct. 20 at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational.

MasterCard Collegiate Golf Rankings
Rank Team		  Votes		Rank	Individual			  Votes
1.   ARIZONA	          316		1.	CRISTINA 
BAENA, ARIZONA	          306
2.   Duke		  296		2.	Candie Kung, Southern California  
3.   Southern California  261		3.	LORENA OCHOA, 
ARIZONA	          239
4.   Tennessee		  256		4.	Marta Prieto, Wake Forest	  
5.   Stanford		  244		5.	Stacy Prammanasudh, Tulsa