Sept. 23, 2012
TUCSON - In its first tournament of the season, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's golf team won the title at the Mason Rudolph Championship, hosted by Vanderbilt, in Nashville on Sunday. The three-round, three day event was held at the Vanderbilt Legends Club.
“The conditions at Vanderbilt Legends Club were very difficult this week, especially for Sunday’s final round,” head coach Laura Ianello said. “I’m so proud of our girls for hanging tough and pulling out the victory. It really was a true team effort with Kendall Prince finishing second, Manon Gidali tied for sixth, great first and second rounds by Janie Jackson, a strong second round from Andrea Vilarasau and a great final round from Anna Kim. It’s exactly the start we needed to kick off a great season. We’re heading home to work hard this week gearing up for Northwestern’s Windy City Collegiate Classic on Oct. 1 and 2.”
The Wildcats combined for an 889 (+25) with rounds of 298, 286 and 305. Arizona also finished ahead of Pac-12 foes Stanford (11th place) and Oregon (12th place). Virginia finished second with an 892 (+28) and Michigan State rounded out the top three with an 897 (+33). Emilie Burger of Georgia won the individual medal with rounds of 72 all three days. She shot an even par 216.
In her Arizona debut, sophomore Kendall Prince paced the Cats with a tied for second-place finish. She collected rounds of 73, 70 and 76 for a score of 219 (+3). Sophomore Manon Gidali finished in a four-way tie for sixth place. She carded rounds of 74, 71 and 77 for a total of 222 (+6). Also making her Arizona debut, freshman Janie Jackson finished in a five-way tie for 23rd place. She shot rounds of 74, 71 and 83 for a score of 228 (+12).
Freshman Anna Kim moved from tied for 57th to tied for 39th on the final day of play. She carded rounds of 77, 81 and 73 for a score of 231 (+16). Sophomore Andrea Vilarasau rounded out the Arizona five in a four-way tie for 41st place. She notched scores of 79, 74 and 79 (232, +16).
Arizona will play next on Oct. 1-2 at the Windy City Collegiate Classic, hosted by Northwestern University in Chicago.