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By Staff and Wire reports
Arizona Summer Wildcat
Wednesday July 10, 2002

Former LPGA golfer to coach at UA

Former pro golfer Jody Niemann-Dansie has been named the new assistant women‚s golf coach.

Niemann-Dansie, who played two seasons on the LPGA Tour, is a graduate of Arizona State and was a member of the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Sun Devil national championship golf teams.

„We‚re excited to have Jody join the Arizona program,š UA head coach Greg Allen said. „She comes from a winning program and was mentored by legendary coach Linda Vollstedt. She has enjoyed a successful playing career in the junior ranks, collegiately and professionally, and will be an asset both with the current team and in future recruiting.š

A three-time All-Pac-10 selection at ASU, Niemann-Dansie was the 1999 USGA Public Links Champion.

She played in 22 events on tour from 2000-2001 before moving to her most recent position as an independent instructor at the Fiesta Inn Resort in Tempe.

„Playing in the Pac-10 Conference I know the program at Arizona,š said Neimann-Dansie. „I‚ve known Greg (Allen) for quite some time and I‚m excited for the opportunity to work with him and the Wildcat program.š

Arizona recently completed its 2001-02 season tied for second at the NCAA Championships.

Golfer named to All-Scholar team

UA women‚s golfer Cathie Williamson was named this week to the National Golf Coaches Association‚s All-Scholar Team this week.

Williamson, who graduated in May with a degree in chemistry and a 3.56 grade point average, posted an 80.42 stroke average in seven events this season.

Her best finish was a tie for 25th place at the Oct. 8-Oct. 10 Oregon State Invitational, where she carded a three-round total of 228 (+12). It was in that event that Williamson shot her low round of the season, an even-par 72 in the event‚s first round.

The Shelby, Mont. native, is one of 254 NCAA Division I women‚s golfers to be recognized by the NGCA. To qualify for the NGCA All-Scholar Team, student-athletes must have a 3.50 grade point average and compete in at least 66 percent of her school‚s regularly-scheduled competitive rounds during the season.

Farmer, Briggs named preseason All-Americans

Two UA football players Lance Briggs and Clarence Farmer were recognized by Football News as preseason All-Americans.

Both players were also included on Football News‚ preseason all-Pac-10 team.

Briggs, a 6-foot-2, 243-pound senior from Sacramento, Calif., was a first-team selection at linebacker.

He tallied a team-leading 93 tackles (59 solo) last season in earning first team all-Pacific-10 Conference honors for the second straight season. Briggs has been included on the 2002 Lombardi and Butkus Award watch lists.

He is one of four Pac-10 players to appear on the first team.

Farmer, a 6-foot-1, 211-pound junior from Houston was named to the third team as a running back. He was the Pac-10‚s rushing leader with 1,229 yards gained, which ranked 21st nationally, and averaged 5.9 yards per carry in 2001. Farmer tallied 10 touchdowns in 11 games last season and his 111.7 yards per game average was second-best in the conference. Farmer has nine career 100-yard games to his credit, including six in 2001.

He was named team MVP and Most Valuable Offensive Player in 2001.

Arizona opens the 2002 season on Saturday, Aug. 31, against Northern Arizona. Kick-off in Arizona Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m.


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