TUCSON, Ariz. ?- In a listing of the top programs in women’s college golf, the University of Arizona ranks second, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin all-time women’s golf rankings.
Out of 229 Division I teams, only Duke ranked higher than Arizona. Auburn, USC and UCLA round out the top five places.
The ranking’s top 50 includes eight teams from the Pac-10, six Big Ten schools, nine Big 12 and 10 SEC programs. The Golfweek/Sagarin all-time rankings are based on performance since the start of the 1999-2000 season.
In that span, Arizona has been ranked No. 1 three times in either the golfweek.com, NGCA, Golf World polls or the Rolex national rankings. Additionally, Arizona has defeated top-ranked Duke eight times in the last six years.
“We are very pleased with the rankings,” head coach Greg Allen said. “It’s a testament to the extraordinary women that have played here over the years and we hope to continue the success.”
Over the last six seasons nine Arizona golfers have earned All-American honors. Since then, players like Jenna Daniels, Natalie Gulbis, Lorena Ochoa, Laura Myerscough and Erica Blasberg have each successfully moved to the LPGA tour.