Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats in Second Place after Round One
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 01, 2005
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. ?- The Arizona women’s golf team is in second place after one round of golf at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. 


The Wildcats shot a -3 (285) in round one and find themselves second out of a 16-team field. 


“It was an all-around great team effort,” Head Coach Greg Allen said.  “I feel that we have been improving each time we play.  It’s nice to see all of our hard work pay off.”


Helping to ensure the second place finish for the Cats was freshman Amanda Wilson, who shot a -4 (68).  Wilson currently is in a tie for second place, only one stroke off the leader. 


“We got a great effort out of Amanda today and hopefully we can expect the same tomorrow,” Allen said. 


After shooting a -3 in her final round at the Stanford Women’s Intercollegiate, Cassandra Kirkland continued to demonstrate her abilities today.  She shot a -2 (70) and is tied for fifth place. 


“Cass birdied three of her last four holes today, finishing very strong and giving the team a lift towards the end,” Allen said.


 Lauren Espinosa shot an E (72) and sits at 15th place.  Senior Lani Elston-Marshall and Whitney Welch both shot a +3 (75) and are tied for 38th place. 


Arizona junior Rachel Gavin, who is competing as an individual, shot a +10 (82).


“There is still a lot of golf to be played, but it’s nice to have such a solid first round,” Allen said.  “Hopefully we can come out tomorrow and pick up right where we left off.”


The Cats tee off tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.



Top 5 Teams                                      Arizona Finishers

1.  UCLA                    279                  T2.  Amanda Wilson                 68       

2.  Arizona                  283                  T5.  Cassandra Kirkland           70

T3.  Pepperdine           288                  T15.  Lauren Espinosa              72

T3.  Kent State            288                  T38.  Lani Elston-Marshall        75

5.  UNLV                    291                  T38.  Whitney Welch                75

                                          (Individual) T72.  Rachel Gavin                   82