Teeing Off: The Arizona women’s golf team will tee-off Monday and Tuesday, February 26-27, at the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by the Wildcats. The tournament will be played at Arizona National in Tucson, Ariz.
The Course: Arizona National stretches 6,238 yards and is a par-71.
The Field: The 15 team field includes Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, Duke, New Mexico, Pepperdine, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Washington. The field includes seven teams in the Top 10 according to the Golfweek rankings and 12 teams in the Top 25.
The Schedule: Thirty-six holes will be played on Monday and 18 holes will be played on Tuesday. Tee times are scheduled for 8 a.m. (MST) beginning on Monday.
Coming to You Live: Live scoring for the tournament will be provided on www.golfstat.com.
Last Time on the Course: The Arizona women’s golf team finished fifth at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, held at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes, Calif. The Wildcats shot a three day total of 907 (+55). Leading Arizona individually was sophomore Adriana Zwanck who finished seventh after carding a tournament total of 220 (+7). The tournament champion Pepperdine shot an 882 (+30). With the highest finish for Arizona, Zwanck movies into second on the squad in stroke average. Zwanck is now tied with junior Alison Walshe for the most top-10 finishes, as each golfer now has three. Also competing for the Wildcats was junior Mary Jacobs, who finished in the top-10 after carding an eight-over par 221 to tie for eighth. Senior Rachel Gavin and freshman Emily Mason also competed, shooting a 255 (+42) and 251 (+38) respectively.
Interesting Notes: At last years Wildcat Invitational, Arizona finished eighth out of 18 teams. Arizona has won the tournament seven times since 1983, with their most recent victory in 2001. The last Wildcat to win the individual title was Erica Blasberg in 2003.
Golfer Yr. Stroke Avg. Top 10/20 Low Round Events
Alison Walshe Jr. 72.33 3/1 67 5+
Adriana Zwanck So. 73.60 3/0 68 5+
Mary Jacobs Jr. 73.67 2/2 70 5+
Amanda Wilson So. 77.83 0/0 71 4
Emily Mason Fr. 83.66 0/0 81 1
Competing as an Individual
Brittany Benvenuto Fr. 81.33 0/0 78 2+
Brooke Schneider So. ------ ---- --- ---
Marisa Smith So. ------ ---- --- ---
Allen’s Thoughts on the Wildcat Invitational: "The Wildcat Invitational has always had one of the strongest fields on
anyone’s schedule and this year is no exception. 12 of the 15 teams are currently ranked in the top 25, including two-time defending National Champion Duke. With a field this good, we know we need our best from all five players and the four counting scores will need to be around par. We know Alison, Mary and Adri have consistently given us those scores
throughout the year, but I’m excited to get Amanda Wilson back into the lineup. She has worked really hard the last few weeks and is starting to get that confidence back that makes her a really good player. Emily Mason will get another chance this week after making her college debut last week. Although her scores weren’t what she wanted in Palos Verdes, I’m feeling good about her game this week. She gained a lot of experience on a very demanding golf course. I feel really good about where this team is headed and we want to take advantage of playing on our home golf course. This is our one and only chance to play in Tucson in front of the home crowd and I’m hoping that people will have a chance to come watch. These are the futures stars of the LPGA and fans have a chance to get up close and personal."
Rankings: Arizona is currently ranked 10th in the Golfweek Performance Index. Individually, junior Alison Walshe ranks No. 6, while fellow classmate Mary Jacobs ranks No. 35. Sophomore Adriana Zwanck is ranked No. 32 to round out the top-trio of Wildcats.
The Competition: Out of the 15 field team, seven of the teams rank in the top 10, according to the team Golfweek Performance Index. Arizona State, Duke, Pepperdine, and Vanderbilt are the second, third, fourth, and fifth place teams respectively. Stanford and Virginia stand in seventh and eighth place respectively. USC is right behind Arizona in the rankings, standing in eleventh place. Tennessee and UCLA are currently holding onto thirteenth and fourteenth place respectively. New Mexico and BYU are also ranked in the top-25.
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. In their first spring tournament, the Wildcats continued their streak by adding another top 10 finish to their record at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. Two Wildcats also finished in the top 10, with sophomore Adriana Zwanck leading the team in seventh place.