Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Finish Top Eight, Punch Ticket to NCAAs
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 11, 2013
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May 11, 2013

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TUCSON - University of Arizona Wildcat women's golf earned a top-eight finish at the NCAA West Regional Championships on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Championship later this month.

"I'm very proud of this team finish," head coach Laura Ianello said. "Every player contributed and helped make our quest for nationals possible. Kendall Prince and Patricia Garcia came up big for the team today, securing our bid. Janie Jackson had a top finish and Manon Gidali and Andrea Vilarasau will work hard to get their games back on track. I'm excited for the week in Athens and have high expectations. We never lost hope. The course was tough and the ladies stayed strong mentally through the pressure."

No. 1 USC won the title with a score of 859 (+7). N0. 12 Purdue was second with an 860 (+8). No. 7 Vanderbilt rounded out the top three with an 869 (+17). No. 6 Arizona, No. 40 Oregon and San Jose State finished in a tie for sixth place, recording scores of 889 (+37), to advance to the NCAA Championships. The Wildcats had individual rounds of 300, 298 and 291. Annie Park of USC and No. 32 Paula Reto of Purdue shared the individual title with scores of 206 (-7).

No. 73 freshman Kendall Prince finished in a five-way tie for 55th place. She shot rounds of 80, 76 and 69 for a score of 225 (+12). Her round three of 69 is a season best.

No. 34 sophomore Manon Gidali finished in a seven-way tie for 65th place. She recorded rounds of 73, 78 and 76 for a score of 227 (+14). Sophomore Andrea Vilarasau rounded out the Arizona five in a four-way tie for 81st place. She notched a score of 231 (+18).

Hosted by the University of Georgia, the NCAA Championship will take place May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.