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Women's Golf Heads to NCAA Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 16, 2007
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What’s Happening in the Clubhouse: The No. 14 Arizona women’s golf team will tee-off Tuesday through Friday, May 22-25, at the 2007 Women’s Golf Division I NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Sports Commission in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Course: The LPGA International Legends Golf Course stretches 6,351 yards and is a par-72.

The Field: Joining the Wildcats at the NCAA Championships are 21 teams ranked in the top-25 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, including No. 1 Arizona State, No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 USC, No. 5 Pepperdine, No. 6 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Auburn, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 Vanderbilt, No. 11 Purdue, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 16 BYU, No. 17 Wake Forest, No. 18 North Carolina, No. 19 New Mexico, No. 20 Denver, No. 21 Michigan State, No. 23 TCU, and No. 25 Alabama. Each team in the 24- team field is also ranked in the top-50.  Six individual qualifiers will also participate in the tournament.  Arizona will be paired with Purdue and UC Irvine during the first round of play, which is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Schedule: 18 holes will be played each day with tee times scheduled for 8 a.m.  Four rounds will be played beginning on Tuesday. Practice rounds for all participants will be played on Sunday and Monday beginning at 8 a.m.

Coming to You Live: Live scoring for the tournament will be provided on Complete scoring will be available on after each round of play.

Who’s on the Green for Arizona:

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

Alison Walshe  Jr.       72.84               7/2              67             11+

Mary Jacobs    Jr.        74.57              3/4               70            11+

Adriana Zwanck  So.  74.90               3/2              68             11+

Amanda Wilson  So.     77.20              1/2              71              10

Brittany Benvenuto Fr.   83.33           0/0             77               5+

By the Numbers: A total of 126 participants advanced to the championship finals, including eight teams and two individuals from each region. The top 11 teams according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index qualified for the championship, while every team participating is ranked in the top-50.

Last Time on the Fairway: The Arizona women’s golf team finished fifth at the NCAA Central Regional, held at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Wildcats shot a three day total of 885 (+33). Leading Arizona individually was junior Alison Walshe who garnered her seventh top-10 finish after carding a tournament total of 215 (+2) to take sixth place. Southern Cal won the regional after carding an 869 (+17), which set a new University of Michigan women’s tournament record.

With the highest finish for Arizona, Walshe leads the Wildcat squad with the most top 10/20 finishes, as the Westford, Mass., product now has nine. Walshe also leads the team in stroke average (72.84) and rounds at or under par (12).

Also competing for the Wildcats was junior Mary Jacobs, who finished in a tie for 12th place after carding a 220 (+15). Sophomore Adriana Zwanck tied for 24th place with a total score of 226 (+13). Sophomore Amanda Wilson finished in a tie for 15th place after carding a 224 (+11), giving the Hilo, Hawaii native her third top 10/20 finish of the season. Freshman Brittany Benvenuto finished in 101st place with a score of 252 (+39) after 54 holes of play.

Interesting Notes: Alison Walshe grabbed her third individual victory of the 2006-07 season after matching her season low score of 67 in the final round of the BYU Dixie Classic. In each of her three victories, Walshe has carded one round of 67.

Trio of Pac-10 Honors: Three Wildcats earned Pac-10 honors following play at the Pac-10 Championships. Junior Alison Walshe was named to the first team, while junior Mary Jacobs and sophomore Adriana Zwanck received second team recognition. The Wildcats have had at least three players earn Pac-10 honors in 11 of the last 12 seasons.

The Central Regional: The Wildcats finished fifth at the Central Regional among a field that included eight conference champions and six teams ranked in the top-25. The finish was good enough to send the Wildcats to their 20th NCAA Championships since 1982. Arizona has won four regionals and finished in the top-10 thirteen times in 15 appearances dating back to 1993. Under Head Coach Greg Allen, the Wildcats have finished in the top-5 five times in seven appearances at an NCAA Regional. Now, the team will look to the trio of Walshe, Zwanck, and Jacobs to carry the Cats on to a strong showing at the NCAA national championships, with their sights set on the title.

The National Championship:  At last year NCAA national championships, the Wildcats finished 17th among 24 participating teams.  Arizona has won two national titles since 1981, with the most recent title coming in 2000.  The Wildcats have finished in the top-15 twenty times since 1981, including nine top-5 finishes.  Under Allen, the Wildcats have made six tournament appearances in seven years.

Coach Allen Tee’s Off: Under the circumstance, and the golf course set up, I thought the team's final
round performance at Regionals was our best of the year. They really stepped it up when we needed it the most.  If we can put together that type of intensity for four rounds at nationals, then I think we will have a chance to be in the hunt. That's our goal, to have a
chance to win as we make the turn during the final round.  I am really proud of this team and the strides we have made this year. As a coach, I couldn't ask for a team that has had better chemistry than we've had
since day one. I still think our best golf is yet to come.”

Driving Range Rankings: Arizona is currently ranked 14th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Individually, junior Alison Walshe ranks No. 8, while fellow classmate Mary Jacobs ranks No. 41. Sophomore Adriana Zwanck is ranked No. 53 to round out the top-trio of Wildcats.  Amanda Wilson is ranked No. 204.

Chipping the Competition: The NCAA National Championship is composed of 24 teams that rank in the top-50 according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Five of the Pac-10 teams qualified for the tournament.  Arizona State is ranked No. 1, followed by No. 4 USC, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 UCLA, and No. 14 Arizona.  Indiana represents the lowest ranked team to qualify for the tournament, as the Hoosiers are currently ranked No. 45.

Top Flight: The Wildcats finished in the top 10 at each of the four events that they participated in during the fall. Arizona has also placed an individual in the top 10 six times throughout the fall, with two first-place finishes by Allison Walshe. Through seven tournaments in the spring, the Wildcats have continued their streak by adding seven more top 10 finishes to their record, five of which were top-5 finishes at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, the BYU Dixie Classic, the Pac-10 Conference Championships, and the NCAA Central Regional. Three Wildcats finished in the top-10 at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, with junior Alison Walshe leading the way in fourth. Sophomore Amanda Wilson finished fifth and junior Mary Jacobs tied for ninth. Walshe claimed her third individual victory of the season at the BYU Dixie Classic and her seventh top-10 finish of the season at the NCAA Central Regional. Jacobs also claimed her seventh top-20 finish at the regional tournament.