April 18, 2002
Now On The Tee: Defending conference champion Arizona will participate in the 16th annual Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship on April 22-24 at the Walla Walla Country Club in Walla Walla, Wash.
Tournament Schedule: A practice round will take place on Sunday, April 21, before the tournament begins on Monday morning. The teams will play 18 holes each day, with rounds beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday and 8 a.m. on Wednesday. Teams are paired based upon the coaches' seeding of the squads. Arizona, the No. 2 seed, will play the first round with top seed Arizona State and third seed Southern California.
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Some Tournament Themes: Head coach Greg Allen finally has all his 'Cats in a row as postseason play tees off... With injuries and LPGA competition in the past, Arizona will field its top lineup of the season... Arizona aims to keep its streak of Pac-10 championships alive, as the school has won the postseason tournament the last two years... The Wildcats have also won four of the last five Pac-10 titles... Sophomore Lorena Ochoa shoots for her eighth consecutive victory, extending her NCAA records of consecutive wins and most wins in a single season... A team triumph would be Arizona's first team victory of the season... A postseason return to the Pacific Northwest may bode well for the Wildcats as they have won the last three postseason events that they have competed in in Oregon and Washington.
Course: Washington State University will host the 2002 conference championships at Walla Walla Country Club. The course is a par-72 layout of 6,199 yards. Walla Walla CC served as the site of the Pac-10 Championships in 1993.
The Field: Six of the ten Pac-10 teams competing in the conference championships are rated in the top 20 of the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Arizona, at No. 6, is the top-rated team in the conference. Four individuals in the conference are also rated in the top 20 in the Golfweek/Sagarin individual ratings, with Arizona's Lorena Ochoa owning the top spot.
Team Seedings: No. 1 Arizona State, No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Southern California, No 4. Washington, No. 5 California, No 6. UCLA, No. 7 Stanford, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 9 Washington State and No. 10 Oregon.
Golfer Year Avg. Top 10/20 Low Rnd. Events
Lorena Ochoa So. 69.65 7/0 66 7
Laura Myerscough Jr. 75.82 2/1 72 8
Cristina Baena Sr. 76.88 0/1 74 3
Mar Garcia Fr. 78.33 0/1 70 2
Miriam Kraschinski Fr. 78.45 0/0 75 7
Cathie Williamson * Sr. 80.44 0/0 72 6
* will compete as an individual
Last Time Out at the PING/ASU Invitational: Arizona's Lorena Ochoa continued her awe-inspiring streak of consecutive victories as she earned medalist honors at the PING/ASU Invitational, her seventh straight championship. The impressive performances of Ochoa and the rest of the Wildcat squad combined to post Arizona's best 54-hole team score of the season to take third place at 17-over 881. The sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico, closed the tournament with a 4-under 68. She finished at 9-under 207, four strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Jimin Kang of Arizona State. With the win, Ochoa continued her remarkable season in which she has won every collegiate tournament she has entered. Junior Laura Myerscough notched her second top 10 finish of the season and fourth of her career as she tied for 10th place. Myerscough, from Charleston, Ill., completed action at the PING/ASU Invitational at 4-over-par 220, including a final-round of even-par 72. Senior Cristina Baena continued her return from offseason wrist surgery as she finished in a tie for 19th place at 7-over 223. Freshman Miriam Kraschinski and junior Anne Lee completed the Arizona lineup, finishing in ties for 53rd and 74th places, respectively. Senior Cathie Williamson participated as an individual and tied for 60th.
Last Year at the Pac-10 Championships: The second-ranked Arizona women's golf team used a final round score of 287 to claim its second consecutive Pacific-10 Conference Championship at the par-72, 6,090 yard Karsten Golf Course. Wildcat freshman Lorena Ochoa outdeuled teammate and fellow freshman Natalie Gulbis in two sudden-death playoff holes for the individual title. Freshmen standouts Ochoa and Gulbis both finished the final round at three-under par 213 for the tournament. After both made par on the first playoff hole, Ochoa drained a 15-foot putt to make birdie on the second playoff hole to claim medalist honors. The Arizona freshmen also finished in first and second places at the TRW Regional Challenge in February, with Gulbis winning medalist honors. Gulbis finished the Pac-10 tournament with three rounds of one-under par 71. Also in the top-20 for Arizona was junior Cristina Baena, who shared 15th place at 223. She carded a final round of even-par 72 to earn her highest finish since October. Sophomores Laura Myerscough and Anne Lee finished in 29th and 31st places, respectively. Senior Christelle Cuzon, who competed as an individual, tied for 42nd.
Pac-10 Championship History: Arizona, the two-time defending champion, has won five conference titles in the history of the tournament. Included in that stretch are four championships in the last five years, to stake claim as the conference's powerhouse. In the 15-year history of the Pac-10 Championship tournament, the Wildcats have finished in the top three on ten occasions. Only twice have they finished out of the top five, 1993 and 1994.
NCAA Record: By winning the PING/ASU Invitational on April 7, Lorena Ochoa notched her seventh victory this season which set a new NCAA record for most individual victories in a season. The previous mark of six was held by Brandie Burton of Arizona State. In her only year of collegiate golf (1989-90), Burton won six tournaments, but failed to capture the NCAA Championship.
Postseason Pacific Northwest: In the last two seasons, Arizona has competed in three postseason events in Oregon and Washington and has won all three of them by a combined margin of 59 strokes. In 2000, the Wildcats claimed the Pac-10 tournament title at Eugene, ore., by 18 shots and the NCAA Championship at Sunriver, Ore. by 21 strokes. Last year, Arizona travelled to Corvallis, Ore., where it won the NCAA West Regional by 20 strokes. Will this tournament in the state of Washington stay true to form and be the site of a Wildcat win?
Filling out the Lineup Card: Head coach Greg Allen has used six different lineups in Arizona's eight tournaments thus far this year, due to injury, inconsistency and Ochoa's LPGA participation. The lineup of Ochoa, Myerscough, Baena, Garcia and M. Kraschinski will be the Wildcats' seventh different combination of the season.
Par or Better: After competing in seven events this season, sophomore Lorena Ochoa has shot even par or better in 85% of the rounds in which she has played. Out of 20 rounds, Ochoa has carded even-par or subpar rounds 17 times.
Myerscough in Familiar Territory: The 2001-02 campaign has seen Laura Myerscough consistently place herself in the top-25. She has finished higher than 25th on only two occasions, the season-opening NCAA Preview and the spring-opener TRW Regional Challenge. All told, Myerscough has earned six top-25 finishes. Also included are ties for 10th at the Oregon State Invitational and the PING/ASU Invitational.
Playing with the Pros: Sophomore Lorena Ochoa received sponsor exemptions to participate in the first three LPGA tournaments held in the continental United States this season, PING Banner Health, Welch's/Circle K Championship and the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Last week, in the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major of the season, the 5-foot-7-inch star from Guadalajara, Mexico, claimed eighth place at 3-under 285. Ochoa was in contention for the title, pulling within three strokes of leader and eventual champion Annika Sorenstam, a former Wildcat, with six holes to play. She also tied for 37th at the PING Banner Health held in Phoenix March 14-17 after posting a total of 5-over-par 293. Ochoa competed in the 2002 Welch's/Circle K Championship March 21-24 where she tied for fifth place at 14-under-par. Her two top-10 finishes this year bring her career total as an amateur in LPGA events to three.
La Ni?a: Since opening her career with an impressive performance at the Wildcat Invitational (T13), freshman Mar Garcia has struggled with an injury in her shoulder. Stiffness in the affected area caused her to miss action at the PING/ASU Invitational and hamperred her play at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, where she tied for 54th at 36-over-par. However, the injury appears to be behind her as postseason play commences.
Grand Openings: Senior Cristina Baena and freshman Mar Garcia opened their season with impressive performances at the Wildcat Invitational in February. Garcia provided a bright glimpse into the future for her and the rest of Greg Allen's Wildcats. She tied for 13th place with a 54-hole total of 5-over-par 221, which included a final-round of 2-under 70. Baena returned from off-season wrist surgery and used a pair of 2-over 74s as bookends to claim a tie for 42nd place.
Record-Setter: By winning medalist honors at the Wildcat Invitational, Lorena Ochoa became the most accomplished golfer in UA history. The win brought her career total of individual tournament victories to 10, eclipsing the mark of nine held by Marisa Baena who won nine titles from 1996-1998.
Arizona Championship Streak: The Wildcats have won a team tournament every year for six consecutive seasons, but have yet to carry that mark into this season. The last Arizona team to go winless was the 1994-95 squad, which had five top-five finishes. During the six-season streak, Arizona has produced two national championship teams, four Pac-10 titles, four NCAA West Regional titles and 33 total tournament championships. Included in that stretch was the 1999-2000 team that won eight consecutive events.
Career Wins: The 11 career victories by Lorena Ochoa puts her in fourth on an unofficial all-time career victories list. Juli Inkster of San Jose State ranks first on the list with 17 career wins in her three collegiate seasons. The list is unofficial since the NCAA does not keep official records for women's golf. If a golfer is missing from the list, contact Arizona women's golf SID Joe Mazzeo at email@example.com.
Garcia Comes Aboard: Upon enrolling in classes at UA at the beginning of the spring semester, freshman Mar Garcia, the younger sister of PGA Tour and European PGA Tour star Sergio Garcia, became eligible to compete for the Wildcats. Garcia, a 5-foot-5-inch freshman from Castellon, Spain, hails from a family full of accomplished golfers. In addition to her brother Sergio, her father Victor competes on the Senior PGA Tour and another brother, also named Victor, played golf at Francis Marion University. Her accomplishments include a first-place performance in the 21 and under group at the 1999 Spanish Junior.
Re-Writing The Record Books: Ochoa's three-round total at the Oregon State Invitational of 10-under-par 206 set a new Arizona record for individual 54-hole score. The previous mark of 207 was shared by former Wildcat standouts Leta Lindley (Feb. 24-25, 1992, Arizona Inv., Randolph North GC), Jenna Daniels (April 7-9, 2000, PING/ASU Inv., Karsten GC) and Natalie Gulbis (May 10-12, 2001, Pac-10 Chmps., Karsten GC).
Wildcat Coaching Staff: Now in his second year with the Arizona golf program, Greg Allen has led the team to six tournament championships, including the 2001 Pac-10 Conference Championship and a 20-stroke victory at the 2001 NCAA West Regional. Last summer, he paired with Arizona men's head coach Rick LaRose to coach the United States team to victory in 2001 U.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 2001. Carriker competed collegiately at USC for two years before transferring to Texas, where she completed her remaining eligibility. The Texas native is a member of the LPGA's Teaching & Club Professional Division.
Lorena Ochoa (69.65 stroke avg.)
Guadalajara, Mexico(Torreblanca HS)
~ The nation's top female golfer... Her unprecedented accomplishments this season have placed her among the elite women's college golfers of all-time... Continued her record-setting streak of victories as she won the PING/ASU Invitational with a three-round score of 9-under-par 207... Her win in Tempe, Ariz., was her 11th career win, which tied her with Nancy Lopez for fourth on an unofficial listing of most all-time career championships... Finished four strokes ahead of second-place finisher Jimin Kang at the PING/ASU Invitational... By carding three subpar rounds in the tournament, Ochoa has shot par or better in 17 of the 20 rounds she has played this season... Did not compete with the Wildcats at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational on March 25-26 due to her participation in the LPGA's Welch's/Circle K Championships and the Kraft Nabisco Championship... Ochoa receive sponsor's exemptions to compete in the first three LPGA tournaments held in the continental U.S. in 2002... By finishing in 8th, 37th and 5th places in the three LPGA events this year, Ochoa brought her career total of top-10 finishes in LPGA events as an amateur to three... Completed her three-week stint with the world's top professional women's golfers by placing eighth at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major of the season... Carded a four-round score of 3-under-par 285 and only shot above par in the opening round when she shot 75 (+3)... Ochoa was in contention for the title on the final day of competition, pulling within three strokes of leader and eventual champ Annika Sorenstam, a former UA star... Tied for fifth in front of a hometown crowd at the LPGA's Welch's/Circle K Championship in Tucson, Ariz., by shooting 14-under-par 274... Opened her three-week swing with the LPGA at the PING Banner Health tournament in Phoenix... Ochoa tied for 37th, posting a 72-hole score of 5-over-par 293... Set an Arizona record for career victories as she won the 10th tournament of her young career at the Wildcat Invitational... Posted a 54-hole total of 9-under-par 207 to beat second-place finisher Tina Schneeberger of Tennessee by five strokes... The win gave Ochoa six straight individual tournament championships, a University of Arizona and Pac-10 Conference record... Her six consecutive championships are also believed to be a national record...Opened the spring season by taking medalist honors at the TRW Regional Challenge after shooting 7-under-par 207... Carded a second round of 5-under 66 in the second round of the TRW Regional Challenge... Won medalist honors at the Spirit International Amateur in Houston in October... Also helped lead Mexico to the team championship at the Spirit tournament... Took first place in each of the four tournaments she competed in during the fall season... Her 10-under-par total of 206 at the Oregon State Invitational set a new Arizona record for individual 54-hole tournament score... Her 206 eclipsed the former record of 207 shared by former Wildcats Leta Lindley, Jenna Daniels and Natalie Gulbis... In November, was named winner of Mexico's "Premio Nacional al Deporte" or National Sports Award, awarded by the Mexican government to the country's best athletes... Ochoa became the youngest person to ever receive the award, the first golfer to ever receive the award and the first person from Guadalajara to ever receive the award... Top-ranked in the final fall edition of the Golfweek/Sagarin performance index... Took home medalist honors amid stiff competition at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational... Her three-round total of 6-under 210 saw her match her career-low round of 5-under 67... Finished in first place at the Hawaii Fall Invitational after rounds of 70, 79 and 69... Won first place at the Oregon State Invitational with a three-round total of 10-under 206... Her record-setting performance at the Oregon State Invitational included two rounds of 5-under 67... Opened the season with a 5-under-par performance in the rain-shortened NCAA Fall Preview to claim first place... Ranked the nation's preseason No. 1 golfer by Golf World magazine.
Laura Myerscough (75.82)
Charleston, Ill. (Charleston HS)
~ Her play has been essential to the Wildcats' in 2001-02... A continued consistent performance will be crucial if Arizona is to bring home postseason championships... Notched her second top-10 finish of the season and fourth of her career as she tied for 10th place at the PING/ASU Invitational... Shot a three-round total of 4-over-par 220... Myerscough's performance at the tournament held at Arizona State's Karsten Golf Course was highlighted by an even-par performance that pushed her into the top 10... Battled terrible conditions, including fierce winds and freezing temperatures, at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational... Tied for 24th with fellow Wildcats Cristina Baena and Miriam Kraschinski at 239 (+26)... Earned a top-25 finish at Arizona's lone home competition, the Wildcat Invitational... Shot 225 (+9) to claim a tie for 25th at the tournament in Tucson... Began the spring season by posting the Wildcats' second-lowest individual 54-hole score at the TRW Regional Challenge... Tied for 38th with a three-round score of 17-over-par 230... Notched her fifth top-25 performance of the season with a tie for 25th at the Wildcat Invitational, completing play at 9-over-par 225... Had three top-25 finishes and one top-10 finish in four fall tournaments... Wrapped up fall play with a tie for 21st place at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational, where she closed the tournament with a final-round of 1-over-par 73... Earned a tie for 14th place at the Hawaii Fall Invitational... Finished tied for 10th place at the Oregon State Invitational where she posted a three-round total 7-over-par 223, her lowest tournament score of the fall... Opened her junior season with an even-par round of 72 in the first round of the NCAA Fall Preview... Tied for 41st place at the rain-shortened NCAA Fall Preview.
Cristina Baena (76.88)
Pereria, Colombia (Canyon Del Oro HS)
~ The most experienced player on the Arizona roster with 101 career rounds to her credit... Underwent wrist surgery in mid-August which caused her to miss the fall season... Has 13 career top-10 finishes in 35 tournaments... Earned her first top-20 finish since May 2001 at the PING/ASU Invitational where she again opened and closed a tournament with identical rounds of 74... Closed action at the ASU-hosted tournament tied for 19th at 7-over-par 223... Battled fierce winds and freezing temperatures, but still shot well enough to earn a top-25 finish at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational... Finished tied for 24th at 26-over-par 239 at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas... Began her final year as a Wildcat by shooting 2-over 74 in the opening round of the Wildcat Invitational... Also closed the tournament with a final-round 74... Tied for 42nd with a three-round total of 14-over 230... Missed the entire fall season due to wrist surgery.
Mar Garcia (78.33)
Castellon, Spain (Colegio Rey Don Jaime)
~ The younger sister of PGA TOUR star Sergio Garcia... A mid-season enrollee... Has made a significant impact immediately, providing another reliable golfer in the Wildcats' youthful lineup... Missed action at the PING/ASU Invitational due to stiffness in her shoulder... Finished tied for 54th at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational despite fierce winds and freezing temperatures... Carded a score of 36-over 249 at the tournament at Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas... Made her collegiate debut at Arizona's lone home event, the Wildcat Invitational... Shot 3-over-par 75 in her first collegiate round of golf... Closed action at the Wildcat Invitational at the Raven Golf Club with a 2-under 70 to total a 5-over-par 221 for the tournament... Claimed 13th place at her first collegiate event, the Wildcat Invitational... Joined the team at the beginning of the spring academic semester upon enrolling in classes at UA.
Miriam Kraschinski (78.45)
Whitianga, New Zealand (Saddlebrook Academy)
~ A touted recruit who has had an immediate impact on the Wildcat lineup... Her enrollment at Arizona makes history as the Kraschinskis become only the second pair of sisters to play for the Wildcats... Miriam and Julia are the first to compete in the same year... Claimed a tie for 53rd place at the PING/ASU Invitational, the Wildcats' final regular season event... Shot a three-round score of 231 (+15)... Her performance in Tempe, Ariz., included a second round of 3-over-par 75, which matched her career best round... Along with the rest of the team and field, battled terrible conditions at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational including fierce winds and freezing temperatures... Still managed a top-25 finish at the tournament in Austin, Texas... Finished in a tie for 24th at 26-over-par 239... Tied for 65th at the Wildcat Invitational where she competed as an individual... Opened play at the TRW Regional Challenge with a first-round 75, her low-round of the season... Finished in a tie for 43rd place at the TRW... Claimed a tie for 39th place at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational, her low finish of the year... Shared 54th place at the Hawaii Fall Invitational after shooting 21-over-par 237... Made her Arizona debut at the NCAA Fall Preview, finishing tied for 93rd place... Opened her collegiate career by posting two rounds of 8-over-par 80 at the NCAA Fall Preview.
Anne Lee (78.25)
Northridge, Calif. (Notre Dame HS)
~ Key component of lineup that won six tournaments last season... One of only three juniors on this year's roster... Placed 74th at the PING/ASU Invitational... Totaled a three-round score of 238 (+22)... Competed as an individual at the Wildcat Invitational and tied for 83rd place at 27-over-par 243... Began spring play by finishing in 86th place at the TRW Regional Challenge with a 54-hole score of 33-over-par 246... Posted two top-25 finishes and one top-15 finish in four fall tournaments... Tied for 24th place at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational with a three-day total of 12-over-par 228... Carded a final round of even-par 72 at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational... Shot 14-over-par 230 at the Hawaii Fall Invitational to claim a tie for 22nd place... Matched a career-best round of 1-under-par 71 in the opening round of the Oregon State Invitational before finishing tied for 14th place at 9-over-par 225... Opened her junior campaign by tying for 64th place in the rain-shortened NCAA Fall Preview with a two-round score of 11-over 155.
Cathie Williamson (80.44)
Shelby, Mont. (Shelby HS)
~ One of only two seniors on this year's roster... Provides maturity, stability and leadership for a young Wildcat lineup... Competed as an individual in the PING/ASU Invitational, finishing tied for 60th place at 232 (+16)... Opened the tournament in Tempe, Ariz., with her second-best round of the season, a 2-over-par 74... Tied for 67th at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational... Finished tied for 55th at the Wildcat Invitational where she competed as an individual... Carded even-par 72 in the second round of Arizona's only home tournament for the low round of her collegiate career... Totaled a 54-hole score of 234 (+18) at the Wildcat Invitational... Competed as an individual at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational and finished in a tie for 60th place 33-over 249... Tied for 36th place at the Hawaii Fall Invitational with a three-round score of 234 (+18)... Began her senior season at the Oregon State Invitational with a tie for 73rd at 27-over-par 243.
Julia Kraschinski (82.12)
Whitianga, New Zealand (Saddlebrook Academy)
~ Has struggled to return to form after missing the majority of the 2000-01 season due to back problems... Has shown hints of returning to the level that helped her to finish 2nd at the NCAA Championships in her freshman season... Teams with younger sister Miriam to become only the second pair of sisters to compete for the Arizona women's golf team... Participated in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational amid horrible conditions, fierce winds and freezing temperatures... Shot 84 and 85 in the first two rounds of the tournament in Austin, Texas, but withdrew prior to the final round... Tied for 93rd place at the Wildcat Invitational... Finished in a tie for 78th place at the TRW Regional Challenge, the first tournament of the spring season... Closed the fall season with a tie for 52nd place at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational... Earned her only top 25 finish of the fall season at the Oregon State Invitational... Shot low round of the season as she opened with a first-round of even-par 72 at the Oregon State Invitational... Finished in a tie for 25th with a three-round total of 12-over-par 228 at the Oregon State Invitational... Began the season by finishing in 118th place at the NCAA Fall Preview.
NCAA FALL PREVIEW - 8th Place
Sept. 24-26, Auburn, Wash.:
Sophomore Lorena Ochoa won her first tournament championship of the season at the NCAA Fall Preview, after tournament officials cancelled the third round due to rain and determined the 36-hole totals would be the final results. The Wildcats finished in 11th place as a team with a two-round total of 606. Ochoa used consecutive sub-par rounds of 71 and 68 to claim her first title of the season with a two-round total of 5-under-par 139. The 2001 NCAA Fall Preview marks Ochoa's fifth career championship. Junior Laura Myerscough wrapped up play with a two-round total of 8-over-par 152, while junior Anne Lee shot a two-round score of 11-over-par 155. Myerscough and Lee finished tied for 41st and 64th places, respectively. Also scoring for Arizona were the Kraschinski sisters. Freshman Miriam Kraschinski tied for 93rd, while junior Julia finished in 118th place.
OREGON STATE INVITATIONAL - 2nd Place
Oct. 8-10, Corvallis, Ore.:
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.
HAWAII FALL INVITATIONAL - 2nd Place
Oct. 30-31, Honolulu, Hawaii:
The fourth-ranked Wildcats claimed second place after finishing 21 strokes behind tournament champion New Mexico at the Hawaii Fall Invitational. Sophomore Lorena Ochoa won her third tournament championship of the season as she closed action at 2-over-par 218. Arizona shot a final-round 302, its best round of the 54-hole tournament. California posted a three-round team total of 911 to wrap up the tournament six strokes back of the Wildcats in third place. The win was the seventh of Ochoa's career. The Guadalajara, Mexico, native's streak of consecutive top-three finishes reached 12 tournaments after competing in Hawaii. Junior Laura Myerscough posted another top-15 finish, closing the tournament at 12-over-par 228 to tie for 14th. Junior Anne Lee, from Northridge, Calif., finished tied for 22nd place at 14-over-par 230. Also scoring for Arizona were senior Cathie Williamson and freshman Miriam Kraschinski. Williamson tied for 36th, while Kraschinski took 54th place.
AUBURN TIGER-DERBY INVITATIONAL - 4th Place
Nov. 9-11, Auburn, Ala.:
Lorena Ochoa continued her dominant sophomore season by winning her fourth consecutive tournament as she carded a final-round 70 to finish six strokes ahead of Georgia's Summer Sirmons and Tennessee's Young-A Yang at the Auburn Tiger-Derby Invitational. Arizona finished fourth at 35-over-par 899. Georgia took first place with a three-day team total of 21-over-par 885. Eight of the top-10 ranked teams in the nation competed in the 54-hole tournament. Ochoa's six-stroke victory gives her eight career wins. The final round saw Ochoa shoot par or better for the ninth time in 11 rounds this season. The sophomore posted a 54-hole total of 6-under-par 210. Junior Anne Lee contributed to the Wildcats' success with a three-round score of 12-over-par 228, good for a tie for 24th place. Laura Myerscough, a junior from Charleston, Ill., closed the tournament tied for 21st place at 11-over-par. Freshman Miriam Kraschinski tied for 39th place at 18-over-par, while junior Julia Kraschinski tied for 52nd at 26-over-par. Senior Cathie Williamson competed as an individual and tied for 60th place.
TRW REGIONAL CHALLENGE - 6th Place
Feb. 11-13, Palos Verdes, Calif.:
Lorena Ochoa, the top-rated golfer in the nation, extended her streak of consecutive tournament victories to five as she earned medalist honors for the ninth time in her career at the TRW Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes Golf Club. Ochoa posted a score of 7-under-par 206, six strokes ahead of second-place finisher Christi Cano of Oklahoma State. Ochoa's three-round score shattered the previous tournament record at the TRW Regional Challenge by six strokes. The old record of 212 was set in 1998 by Filippa Hemersson of Tulsa and in 2000 by Shauna Estes of Georgia. With her performance, the 5-foot-5-inch phenom lowered her scoring average to 69.93, well below her record-setting average of 71.56 from her freshman season. Ochoa's dominant performance was not enough, however, to lead Arizona to the team title. No. 2 Tulsa finished in first place with a three-day team total of 870. The Wildcats finished in sixth place, with a team score of 907. Freshman Miriam Kraschinski wrapped up play tied for 43rd place with a three-round total of 232. Junior Laura Myerscough closed the tournament tied for 36th place. Juniors Julia Kraschinski and Anne Lee finished in 78th and 86th places, respectively.
WILDCAT INVITATIONAL - 2nd Place
Feb. 25-26, Tucson, Ariz.:
Lorena Ochoa broke the University of Arizona record for most career championships when she won her 10th collegiate tournament at the Wildcat Invitational. The sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico, had competed in only 16 scoring events at the time, Ochoa used a final-round 71 to complete the tournament at 9-under-par 207. Arizona equaled its best finish of the season, posting a 19-over-par team total of 883 to claim a tie with Auburn for second. Duke took the team championship with a 54-hole team score of 12-over-par 876. Perhaps the most impressive performance for the Wildcats was that of Mar Garcia in her first collegiate tournament and first competitive tournament in nearly a year. The freshman from Castellon, Spain, took 13th place at 5-over-par 221. Senior Cristina Baena, also competing in her first tournament of the season, finished in a tie for 42nd place at 14-over-par 230. Also finishing in the top 25 for Arizona was junior Laura Myerscough, who completed play at nine-over-par 225. Junior Julia Kraschinski rounded out the Wildcat lineup, tying for 93rd place.
BETSY RAWLS LONGHORN INVITATIONAL - 9th Place March 25-26, Austin, Texas:
The Arizona women's golf team battled harsh weather, cold temperatures and rain during all three rounds of the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational to finish in ninth place at 966. Duke won the tournament championship with a three-round team total of 68-over-par 920. Individually, Janice Olivencia of Texas claimed medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 5-over 218. The Wildcats were without top-ranked sophomore Lorena Ochoa, who missed the tournament due to her participation in the LPGA's Welch's/Circle K Championships in Tucson. Ochoa finished in fifth place in the LPGA event. Three Arizona golfers wrapped up play in the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at 26-over-par 239 to share 24th place. Junior Laura Myerscough, senior Cristina Baena and freshman Miriam Kraschinski all posted identical 54-hole scores to finish in 24th. Freshman Mar Garcia battled injury and wound up in a tie for 54th place in just her second collegiate tournament, completing play at 249. Senior Cathie Williamson completed the Arizona lineup and took 67th place at 256.
PING/ASU INVITATIONAL - 3rd Place
April 5-7, Tempe, Ariz.:
Arizona's Lorena Ochoa continued her awe-inspiring streak of consecutive victories as she earned medalist honors at the PING/ASU Invitational, her seventh straight championship. The impressive performances of Ochoa and the rest of the Wildcat squad combined to post Arizona's best 54-hole team score of the season to take third place at 17-over 881. The sophomore from Guadalajara, Mexico, closed the tournament with a 4-under 68. She finished at 9-under 207, four strokes ahead of second-place finisher, Jimin Kang of Arizona State. With the win, Ochoa continued her remarkable season in which she has won every collegiate tournament she has entered. Junior Laura Myerscough notched her second top 10 finish of the season and fourth of her career as she tied for 10th place. Myerscough, from Charleston, Ill., completed action at the PING/ASU Invitational at 4-over-par 220, including a final-round of even-par 72. Senior Cristina Baena continued her return from offseason wrist surgery as she finished in a tie for 19th place at 7-over 223. Freshman Miriam Kraschinski and junior Anne Lee completed the Arizona lineup, finishing in ties for 53rd and 74th places, respectively. Senior Cathie Williamson participated as an individual and tied for 60th.