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    Women’s golf seeded No. 5 for regionals

    Junior Allison Walshe swings at practice in September at Arizona National golf course. Walshe, who has finished in the top 10 six times this year, and the Wildcats prepare for regionals in Michigan May 10-12.
    Junior Allison Walshe swings at practice in September at Arizona National golf course. Walshe, who has finished in the top 10 six times this year, and the Wildcats prepare for regionals in Michigan May 10-12.

    After finishing the Pacific 10 Conference Championships in fourth place April 23-25, the No. 16 Arizona Women’s golf team will now turn its attention to the 2007 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships Regionals, May 10-12.

    Arizona will be competing in the Central Regional, hosted by the University of Michigan, the 2007 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Committee informed the Wildcats yesterday. Arizona comes into the tournament as the No. 5 seed of 21 teams.

    “”We feel like the (Central Region) is a great bracket for us,”” Arizona head coach Greg Allen said. “”There are good teams that are ranked ahead of us that we have had some success with during the course of this year.””

    In order to advance to the NCAA Championships in Dayton Beach, Fla., May 22-25, the Wildcats must finish in the top eight of the Central Regional. Included in the nine nationally ranked teams in the Central Regional are No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Vanderbilt, No. 8 USC, No. 10 Tennessee, No. 22 Michigan State and No. 23 Texas Christian.

    The Championship Regionals will be played on the par-71, 6,116-yard University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. The tournament has a three-round, 54-hole format, with 18 holes being played per day.

    Allen said it is pivotal that all competing golfers have solid rounds, whereas in the Pac-10 Championships Arizona fell victim to some inconsistent play.

    “”Getting our middle players to score a little lower is the key to this tournament,”” Allen said. “”The key for this tournament is getting a good solid week of practice and getting all of the schoolwork behind us so we can go to Michigan focusing solely on golf.””

    Junior Mary Jacobs, who has been struggling with a back injury, finished in 26th place in the Pac-10s after shooting a total 22-over 238. Sophomore Amanda Wilson finished in 15th pace after shooting a 15-over 231.

    “”The key for this tournament is getting a good solid week of practice and getting all of the schoolwork behind us so we can go to Michigan focusing solely on golf.””
    – Greg Allen,
    UA head coach

    Jacobs said her back is feeling “”perfect,”” which has helped her gain some of her timing back.

    “”I took two weeks off before conference and just rested,”” Jacobs said. “”I don’t want to make excuses, but my timing was off in my swing, and when you take a long break like that your timing gets off, your focus gets off and your mentality gets off.””

    But the Wildcats have become accustomed to relying on No. 5 junior Alison Walshe, who has repeatedly found herself finishing toward the top of tournament leaderboards, as she has finished in the top 10 six times and top 20 two times on the campaign.

    “”None of us have been to (University of Michigan Golf Course) before, so we can’t specifically prepare for certain things,”” Walshe said. “”I just think we can prepare for our mental toughness and get a feel for playing again.””

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