May 5, 2004
Sophomore Erica Blasberg leads the 11th ranked Arizona women's golf team with a 72.29 stroke average into postseason play. The native of Corona, Calif. was impressive during the fall season where she placed first in three consecutive tournaments. Recently the fourth ranked individual on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index sat down for a question and answer session:
How do you feel being named to the First Team All-Pac-10?
"It's an honor to be on the All-Pac-10 team. It was a continuing goal from last year to be on it again."
How did the Pac-10 tournament go for you?
"It was a good week, I played a lot better. A positive thing was my putting got a lot better. Hopefully I can take that into my next tournament, as something I don't have a lot of confidence in and take in a lot of confidence in my putting."
What do you look to accomplish at the NCAA tournaments?
"Just keep focused on what I need to do as far as, something's I didn't do quite as well in the Pac-10 [tournament] and work on them the next couple of weeks until the NCAA [tournament]."
How has the team chemistry been this season?
"I'm really enjoying our team camaraderie right now, it's amazing. We've never really all gotten along perfectly and now it seems everyone is great friends and it's such a fun experience, it's really pretty cool."
How has playing in the LPGA tour events helped your golf game?
"It defiantly gave me another outlook on golf and what it is about. It gave me some more experience on how to handle things differently, by watching some of those Pros handle different situations, like if they don't play as well or even when they do play well, just different aspects."
Have any LPGA Pros given you any advice?
"I talked a lot with Amy Allcott. She gave me a pretty good view on how I should approach going on to the LPGA tour and some help on how I would know when I was ready to go on tour, it was really helpful."
How is your relationship with Elizabeth Janangelo of Duke?
"It's super competitive when we are on the course. It's not like we dislike each other, we're friends. We both are going to be on the Curtis Cup so we can't let a little thing like college player of the year get in the way of what we are really excited about this summer. It's just we understand what competition is and what level to take it to."
What are your feelings about playing on the Curtis Cup?
"It's defiantly been a dream of mine, since I started amateur golf and knew a little about it and what an honor it would be. This is one of the biggest honors you can achieve as an amateur to be on this team. So many amazing players have been on that team, so it is so awesome."
What are your summers plans?
"I have the Curtis Cup in June. I then have a qualifier for the [U.S. Women's] Open, which I'm hoping I should make. Last year I didn't play well and missed it by one, so I'm hoping if I play decent I should make it, that's in July. I will play the [U.S. Women's] amateur in August. It's kind of a spread out summer, but it's still a few tournaments."
What do you expect with next year's team and for yourself?
"I think for myself, I matured this year. So taking that and playing in some of the tournaments this summer and improving my game, also myself as a player. Next year I will have a different outlook, so I can enjoy the college experience and really understand golf and taking things I need to improve on. For the team, just the fact we all get along so well and we're not loosing anyone. I think we will be really good and everyone will understand which role they need to take and how they are supposed to improve."
What has been your highlight of year?
"Biggest thing this season was the Diana Shore and being able to accept the biggest major for the LPGA tour. To play in that was amazing, I've been going since I was a little girl and thinking of how cool it was. To actually be able to play in it was amazing. It was an experience I'll never forget, because as an amateur playing there it's so different than what you expect. By the way you're treated, the whole experience was amazing it will defiantly be something I remember. It was my highlight of the year."
You can catch Blasberg and the Wildcats next in the NCAA Regional in Normal, Ill. on May 6-8th. Live scoring will be available on http://www.golfstat.com.