Feb. 17, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona's women's golf team is rated first nationally in the latest edition of the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. A third-place finish at the rain-shortened Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge helped the Wildcats hold onto their perch atop the ratings.
Following Arizona at second in the publication's ratings is Oklahoma State with a mark of 72.47. Arizona's rating is 72.24. Rated third is Vanderbilt (72.67), while Auburn (72.71) and Duke (72.83) round out the top five. Five Pac-10 teams are listed among the nation's top 15.
Individually, freshman Erica Blasberg is the Wildcats' top individual. She sits in second in the performance index, trailing only top-rated Katherine Hull of Pepperdine. In the team's first action of the spring season at the Regional Challenge, Blasberg finished second with a 36-hole score of 3-over-par 145 after the event was shortened to three rounds due to weather. The freshman from Corona, Calif., ranks first on the Arizona squad with a scoring average of 72.28.
Sophomore Miriam Kraschinski and senior Laura Myerscough join Blasberg in the nation's top 50 rated players. Kraschinski is 33rd, while Myerscough stands 40th. Both notched top-25 finishes at the water-logged Regional Challenge with Kraschinski tying for 13th and Myerscough sharing 22nd place.
The Wildcats continue their spring schedule as they play host to the Wildcat Invitational on Feb. 24-26, at Arizona National Golf Club at Sabino Springs.
Rank School Rating 1. Arizona 72.24 2. Oklahoma State 72.47 3. Vanderbilt 72.67 4. Auburn 72.71 5. Duke 72.83 6. Southern California 72.95 7. Texas 73.05 8. Pepperdine 73.17 9. Washington 73.27 10. California 73.56 11. Tennessee 73.64 12. New Mexico 73.77 13. Tulane 73.86 14. UCLA 73.97 15. Ohio State 74.01
Rank Golfer, School Rating 1. Katherine Hull, Pepperdine 69.64 2. ERICA BLASBERG, Arizona 69.97 3. Lindsey Wright, Pepperdine 70.96 4. Mikaela Parmlid, USC 71.30 5. Celeste Troche, Auburn 71.41 6. Karen Dennison, Indiana 71.42 7. Kari Damron, Purdue 71.56 8. V. Nirapathpongporn, Duke 71.67 9. Courtney Wood, Vanderbilt 71.83 10. Alena Sharp, New Mexico State 71.90 33. MIRIAM KRASCHINSKI, Arizona 72.77 40. LAURA MYERSCOUGH, Arizona 73.08 51. ANNE LEE, Arizona 73.38 65. WHITNEY WELCH, Arizona 73.78 164. MAR GARCIA, Arizona 75.57 217. JULIA KRASCHINSKI, Arizona 76.41