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NCAA's Woman of the Year finalists don't include UA's Barrett

2013-09-22T00:00:00Z NCAA's Woman of the Year finalists don't include UA's Barrett Arizona Daily Star
September 22, 2013 12:00 am
  • The NCAA has quietly announced its three finalists for 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year, a Division I list that included a swimmer from Penn, a shot-putter from Texas Tech and a basketball player from Seton Hall. It was a significant surprise that Arizona high-jumper Brigetta Barrett, the Pac-12’s Woman of the Year, did not make the finals. Barrett won NCAA titles in the indoor and outdoor high jump, was second in the USA finals, graduated cum laude in theater arts and completed an impressive list of community projects. I’m not saying the NCAA decided it would be a good idea to look elsewhere for a Woman of the Year; Arizona’s Lacey Nymeyer, Justine Schluntz and Whitney Myers earned the award in recent years. But given Barrett’s qualifications, it does seem curious.
  • Golf course designer Notah Begay’s newest work, the Sewailo Golf Course at Casino del Sol, probably won’t open to the public until December while it completes its clubhouse. But the course is playable; UA men’s golf coach Jim Anderson took the Wildcats there for a practice round Friday.
  • It was strange to see Salpointe grad Sara Brown pictured in a UA golf shirt last week. The Michigan State All-American, who is a former LPGA Tour player, is now a volunteer assistant at Arizona. Brown played in seven events on the Symetra Tour, the LPGA-feeder circuit this year.
  • When former UA golfer Jim Furyk shot a 59 in the FedEx playoffs last week, it was often noted that he was the top golfer in Wildcat history. But when the Wildcats won the 1992 NCAA championship, Furyk’s senior year, he usually was the No. 4 or No. 5 man in Rick LaRose’s lineup. Manny Zerman, a first-team All-American, and David Berganio, a third-team All-American, were Nos. 1-2 for Arizona that year. Harry Rudolph, who was second overall at the NCAA finals, was a steady No. 3. Rob McIver and Furyk battled for the last two spots. Good team, huh?

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