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    Women’s golf to tee off in friendly territory

    Confident and rested, the No. 12 Arizona women’s golf team is prepared to build on a strong finish in its season opener and get a sneak peek at two highly ranked Pacific 10 Conference rivals when they tee off today in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Seattle.

    After a three-week rest following their fourth-place finish in the Mason Rudolph Championship, the Wildcats will compete against No. 2 ASU and No. 8 USC among 12 other teams in the field.

    “”I think we can definitely win,”” said junior Alison Walshe, who won the individual title in her first UA event with a 6-under 210. “”They’re all teams that we can be better than on any day.””

    Walshe, who transferred to Arizona from Tulane along with junior Mary Jacobs before the season, was named Golfweek magazine’s Women’s Player of the Week for her performance, buoyed by a final-round 5-under 67.

    Walshe will be joined in the lineup by Jacobs, senior Rachel Gavin and sophomores Adriana Zwanck and Amanda Wilson.

    The tournament will be held at the Sahalee Country Club, home of the 1998 PGA Championship.

    Arizona has been successful at Sahalee in the past, winning the tournament in 2003 and finishing fifth last year.

    “”It’s a great golf course,”” UA head coach Greg Allen said. “”It’s the best golf course we’ll play all year long. It has a lot of history and tradition and is just a really good test of golf.””

    Allen said if at least three of his athletes perform up to their potential, the team stands a chance of capturing another title.

    “”Our team chemistry is very good, which is important,”” Jacobs said. “”I think we should win it.””

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