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Arizona Women's JV Golf to Compete in Mountain View Intercollegiate
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 24, 2006
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Teeing Off:  The Arizona women’s golf junior varsity team will take the course Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25, at the Mountain View Intercollegiate hosted by the University of Colorado.  The tournament will be held at the Mountain View Golf Club in Tucson, Arizona.


The Course: The Mountain View Golf Club Course stretches 6,138 yards and is a par 72. 


The Field:  The 15-team field includes Arizona (JV), College of Charleston, Colorado, Colorado State, Denver, Florida International, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Northern Arizona, Northwestern, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.


The Schedule: The tournament will begin Friday with a practice round followed by a 36 hole shotgun start on Saturday.  The third round will tee off Sunday at 8:00a.m. MST. 



Wildcat Lineup:

Golfer                                          Year           Stroke Avg.     Top 10/20      Low Rnd.     Events

Adriana Zwanck         Fr.          76.11        0/0          70          3

Marisa Smith                Fr.          81.38        0/0          77          3

Rachel Gavin               Jr.          77.91        1/0          73          4

Brooke Schneider       Fr.          81.38        0/0          76          3

Brittany Pepler             Fr.          83.13        0/0          76           3


Last Time on the Course: The Arizona women’s golf team finished in seventh place at the Guadalajara Invitational, held at the Guadalajara Country Club in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Wildcats shot a three-day total of 900 (+36). UCLA shot an 864 (E) and was crowned tournament champion.  USC carded a three-day total of 871 (+7), good enough for second place.  Duke’s 874 (+10) was good enough for third place.  The Arizona State Sun Devils and the Georgia Bulldogs tied for fourth place, each shooting an 882 (+18). Individually, freshman Lauren Espinosa led the Wildcats, shooting two rounds at 70 (-2) and one round with a 74 (+2).  Espinosa finished the Guadalajara Invitational tied for third place, her third top-10 finish this season.  Fellow classmates Amanda Wilson and Adriana Zwanck each made major improvements during the last round.


Zwanck shot a 73 (+1) in the third round, five stroked better than her round one and two scores.  She finished the tournament in a tie for 33rd place.  Wilson carded a 74 (+2) in the final round, seven strokes better than her round two scores.  She finished in 35th place. 


Wildcat junior Cassandra Kirkland finished in a three-way tie for 38th place with a 233 (+17).  Freshman Sommer Scholl showed improvement, shaving one stroke off her previous days score in each round.  Scholl carded a 237 (+21) and finished tied for 47th. 


The Wildcats posted their best scores in the third and final round of the Guadalajara Invitational and will look to carry over their strong play into the weekend. 


Allen’s thoughts on the Mountain View Intercollegiate:  “I look forward to this tournament each spring because it gives our players a chance to gain some competitive tournament experience.  We played well our last time on the course and I think that we are ready to get back out there and continue to improve.  I think the field has some very competitive teams, but if we can all come to play on the same day and play 18 holes of golf, I think we have a good shot.”



Rankings: Arizona is currently ranked 17th in the team Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, freshman Lauren Espinosa moved up in the rankings to No. 45 according to the individual Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, her highest ranking of the season. Freshman Amanda Wilson sits at No. 60, followed by junior Cassandra Kirkland at No. 139.  Freshman newcomer Adriana Zwanck has not competed in enough events to be ranked.



Top Flight: Arizona has placed in the top 10 in five of the previous six tournaments with two top five finishes.  The Arizona women’s golf junior varsity team placed third in its first tournament in November and will look to end the season with another top finish.