Women's golf team awarded Pac-10 honors
As if being the top-ranked team in the nation and conference champions wasn't enough, the UA women's golf team received many honors by the Pacific 10 Conference, yesterday.
Head coach Todd McCorkle, who has guided the Wildcat's to a program record six consecutive tournament victories, was named the Pac-10 women's golf Coach of the Year.
McCorkle wasn't the only Wildcat to receive an honor though, as three UA players were named to the six-person All-Pac-10 First Team.
"I think it's a tribute to how hard the girls work every day," McCorkle said. "When we go to tournaments, we are the best prepared team every week." Of the six golfers selected to be on the All-Pac-10 First Team, three were Wildcats.
All-American seniors Jenna Daniels and Jill Gomric were awarded with the first team honor, along with sophomore Cristina Baena. This is Daniels third straight year receiving the the honor, while it is Gomric's second.
"Those two are vital to our success," McCorkle said. "With Jenna being so talented, people forget how talented our team really is."
Even though Gomric is often over-looked by the media, her presence and leadership are key.
"Jill's senior leadership is crucial to our team," McCorkle said. "Both from a leadership standpoint and playing ability standpoint."
Junior Christina Moneiro and freshman Julia Kraschinski were selected to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team.
The talented Wildcat's won their sixth consecutive tournament earlier this week at the Pac-10 Championships, held at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.
The Wildcats were in second place after the first day but battled back to win the team title.
The course conditions, which were very difficult during the first day of play, accounted for some of the Wildcat's troubles.
"I think we were all struggling and the course was pretty tough," freshman Kraschinski said. "There can always be room for improvements."
"We were just trying to get a feel for the golf course," McCorkle said. "Once we get comfortable, the competitiveness comes through."
Although the Wildcats were in second after the first day, Monteiro was confident that the team would come out on top.
"We have came back from behind so many times. We just need to get ourselves in position," Monteiro said. "Whether ahead or behind, we just feel like our team is going to pull it out."
Daniels, who struggled during the first two rounds of play, went to the practice range alone after the second round of play to work on her game.
The extra practice worked, as Daniels came out shooting a tournament low 4-under-par 68 on the third and final round of play.
"Obviously her hard work paid off on that last day. Jenna is a very determined individual," McCorkle said. "She's not happy unless she is playing her best."