May 6, 2004
NORMAL, Ill. - Gusty winds didn't prevent the Arizona women's golf team from standing in third, Thursday after its first round of competition at the NCAA Central Regional in Normal, Ill.
The Wildcats shot a 15-over-par 299 to trail first-round leaders, Vanderbilt and New Mexico by one stroke after they both shot a 14-over-par 298 to tie for first. Southern California (300) and Michigan State (302) occupied fourth and fifth respectively.
"We are in the best position right now, than any other tournament we've played in this season. Even in the tournament we won in early October we were 14 shots back after the first round," Head Coach Greg Allen said after Thursday's round, " Today was a day of survival, with the wind blowing 30 miles from all different directions. I'm proud of where we are right now and we are really excited to have a good chance to go out and win this."
Individually, sophomore Erica Blasberg is tied with Texas A&M's Kyla Neal after shooting a first round 68 (-3). This was the 13th time the sophomore from Corona, Calif. shot under-par this season.
Junior Mar Garcia is tied for 18th after shooting 4-over-par 75. In her first tournament of the season, sophomore Alejandra Martin is tied for 24th after carding a 5-over-par 76. Sophomore Cassandra Kirkland is tied for 61st at 9-over-par 80. Sophomore Lani Elston is tied for 81st place after shooting 11-over-par 82 in round one.
The Wildcats will tee off in Friday's second round beginning at 9:00 a.m. CST. The tournament is being held at Illinois State University Golf Course, par 71 over 6,108 yards.