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Women's Golf Travels to Pac-10 Championship
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 13, 2005
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Teeing Off:  The Arizona women’s golf team will take the course next Monday-Wednesday, April 18-20, in the Pac-10 Championships to start its postseason play. The Wildcats finished fourth in the PING/ASU Invitational April 1-3 in Tempe, Ariz.


The Course: The 2005 Pac-10 Championships will be contested at the Ruby Hills Golf Club in Pleasanton, Calif. The course is set across 6,315 yards and is a par 72.


Tournament History: The Pac-10 Championship has been held every year since 1987. Hosted throughout the years by each of the Pac-10 schools, this year’s event will be hosted by the California.


The Field: ARIZONA, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, UCS, Washington and Washington State. Three Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top 10 nationally and eight of the 10 are in the Top 30.


The Schedule: Eighteen holes will be played each day with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. (PST) from the No.1 and No. 10 tees. A practice round will be held on Sunday, April 17, beginning at 11 a.m. (PST). By conference regulations, pairings based on seeds in the first round will be 9-10, 7-8, 4,5, 6, and 1, 2, 3. Arizona is seeded No. 4 and will tee off from the No.1 tee between 8 a.m. and 8:36 a.m. (PST). Following the first round of competition, team scores shall determine the two-some and three-some pairings for the second and third rounds. In the event of a tie for the team championship, NCAA team tiebreaking procedures shall be followed to determine the champion. In the event of a tie for the individual championship, a sudden death playoff shall determine the champion. 


Seeding for the Tournament: All seeding is based on an average of the Sagarin and Golfstat national women’s golf rankings. Rankings are as follows: No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Stanford, No. 6 USC, No. 7 California, No. 8 Washington State, No. 9 Oregon and No. 10 Oregon State.


Coming To You Live: Live scoring during the three-day event will be provided on


Pac-10 On Air: The 2005 Pac-10 Championships will be carried on Fox Sports Net on Sunday, May 8, in a one-hour tape delayed broadcast of the championship. Barry Tompkins will host the event. Former Stanford golfer and LPGA golfer Sara Sanders will be the analyst. Christian Steckle, a former Baylor golfer, will be the on-course reporter.


Wildcat Lineup:

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

Lani Elston                    Jr.            74.95                1/2              68                9

Miriam Kraschinski        Sr.            76.29                0/0              70                9

Mar Garcia                    Sr.            77.13                0/1              71                9

Whitney Welch              Jr.            76.38                1/0              71                 9         

Cassandra Kirkland        Jr.            73.83                4/1               67                9


Last Time on the Course: The Arizona women's golf team climbed to finish the PING/ASU Invitational in fourth place after the final day of competition in Tempe, Ariz. The Wildcats shot an even-par 288 in the final round to trail tournament champion Arizona State by 21 strokes on the three-day tournament. The Sun Devils, which shot an even-par 288 in Sunday’s round, tied with UCLA for first place. The tie was broken by the fifth individual score (Arizona State, 73 and UCLA, 80) to capture the tournament crown. Pepperdine shot 24-over-par 888 to finish in third. California (894) rounded out the Top 5. Individually, junior Cassandra Kirkland led the Wildcats by finishing tied in 16th place, after shooting 223 (+7) in the second round. This is the Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France native’s fifth Top 25 finish of the season. Kirkland was joined in the Top 25 by junior Lani Elston, who carded an 8-over-par 224 to tie for 20th. Junior Whitney Welch shot a 73 (+1) in the final round, which helped her finish in a tie for 28th with a 9-over-par 225 three-round score. After shooting an 84 in the first round, senior Miriam Kraschinski bounced back on Saturday (72) and Sunday (70) to help her finish tied for 34th (226). Senior Mar Garcia shot a 13-over-par 229 during the three-day tournament, good for a 34th place tie.  Competing as an individual for Arizona, sophomore Rachel Gavin finished tied for 92nd  at 248 (+32).


Allen’s thoughts on Pac-10 Championship: “This is the time of year when we want to peak, and by shooting even par during the final round at ASU, we feel like we are really close to playing our best. All five starters have had their best rounds of the year at some point during the last three tournaments. UCLA will be the heavy favorite to defend their title, but I believe that if our young ladies play the way they can, we can beat anyone in the country.”


Last Year at the Pac-10 Championship: The Arizona women’s golf team finished in third at the 2004 Pac-10 Championship in Somis, Calif. The Wildcats shot a 59-over-par 923 to trail Pac-10 tournament champion, UCLA by 21 strokes after the Bruins shot a 38-over-par 902. California finished in second after shooting a 56-over-par 920. Southern California (928) and Arizona State (928) tied for fourth place.  Individually, Erica Blasberg finished third after shooting a final round 75 (+3) placing her at 5-over-par 221 for the tournament. The native of Corona, Calif., also finished third in the 2003 Pac-10 Championship. Lani Elston had her best career finish as a Wildcat, by finishing tied for fifth place with Arizona State’s Tiffany Tavee at 225 (+9). Cassandra Kirkland tied for 14th at 17-over-par 233. Miriam Kraschinski tied for 41st place after shooting a 28-over-par 244. Whitney Welch shot a 56-over-par 272, good for 57th place.  Also competing for Arizona as an individual, Mar Garcia tied for 32nd after carding a 22-over-par 238.


Title Town: During the 17 year history of the Pac-10 Championship, Arizona has finished first six times. The most recent title won by the Wildcats was in 2002, when they finished with a three-round score of 891 (+27). The tournament was contested at Walla Walla Country Club.


Magic for Elston: Junior Lani Elston will return to the tournament where she posted her highest finish last season. Elston tied for fifth, helping her earn honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors. Her strong end to last season has propelled over into the 2004-05 season. Elston tallied her career-low round of 68 in the first round of the Wildcat Invitational along with grabbing her Wildcat career finish, a tie for third. After her record-setting tournament at the 2005 Wildcat Invitational, Elston tied for fifth (225) at the UNLV Spring Invitational. 


Incredible Individuals: Since 1987, a Wildcat individual has won the individual medalist honors four times at the Pac-10 Championship. The last Arizona individual to claim the honor was Lorena Ochoa in 2001.


Marvelous Miriam: Senior Miriam Kraschinski tied her career-low round of 70 during the final round of the PING/ASU Invitational. Kraschinski bounced back from shooting an 84 in round one, to shoot a 72, 70 and finish tied for 34th place.


Best in the Bay: Junior Cassandra Kirkland has played her best in the Bay Area this season. In October, Kirkland shot her career-low round (67) during the Stanford-Pepsi Invitational, in addition to claiming her career-low 54-hole tournament score, a 207 (-3).


Wildcat Coaching Staff:  A seven-year college coaching veteran, Greg Allen has led the Arizona Wildcats to nine tournament championships in just five years at the helm of the program. Included in the team’s accomplishments under Allen are the 2001 and 2002 Pac-10 Conference Championships, a national runner-up finish and a 20-stroke victory at the 2001 NCAA West Regional. Allen, hired in July 2000, came to Arizona from the University of Texas, where he was the assistant coach for the Longhorn’s men’s golf team. Prior to coaching at Texas, Allen served as Director of Tournament Operations with the American Junior Golf Association. Allen graduated from Murray State in 1993.

Shelly Haywood, hired in September 2004, assists Allen. Haywood played collegiately at New Mexico State, where she was a two-time All-Big West Conference performer. For the past 11 years, Haywood was the assistant golf professional at Tucson Country Club.


2004-05 Women’s Golf Roster


NAME                           CLASS                         HOMETOWN

Katie Christy                 Senior                           Tucson, Ariz.

Lani Elston                    Junior ?- RS                    Spokane, Wash.

Mar Garcia                    Senior                           Borriol, Spain

Rachel Gavin                 Sophomore ?- RS            Tucson, Ariz.

Cassandra Kirkland            Junior                            Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France

Miriam Kraschinski            Senior                           Whitianga, New Zealand

Whitney Welch              Junior                            Las Vegas, Nev.


Greg Allen, Head Coach

Shelly Haywood, Assistant Coach

Tim Lynch, Manager