Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
On the Tee with Ale: Entry #1
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 09, 2011
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Feb. 9, 2011

Throughout the Arizona Wildcat women's golf season, senior Alejandra Llaneza will keep a weekly blog about life and golf in the Pac-10. Check back for more updates from Ale!

Hello Wildcat Fans!

The last two days were very important for our golf team. It was the beginning of the season and our home tournament which we only get to host once a year, so as you can imagine expectations are always high because we only get one chance to win at home where we have the advantage and with 16 teams in the field, we knew it wouldn't be easy. That is why since the beginning of the semester we had been preparing for this tournament. We played at The Golf Club at Vistoso almost every day and took very detailed notes about the course, especially the greens. Strategy was key on this course because even though it wasn't very long, it required a lot of course management which we worked on a lot with our coaches Laura Ianello and Justin Silverstein. We also played many qualifying rounds which helped us to play under pressure and better prepare for the tournament as well. Finally, it was here.

On Monday, Feb. 7, we played 36 holes which is a challenge mentally and physically, because we were at the golf course for 11 hours straight. We had the lead as a team at the end of the day but only by two shots ahead of Cal. Our freshman Haley Andreas was leading the tournament with a great score of five under, and Isabelle Boineau was tied with her with the same score. I had a total of three under, Margarita Ramos was even and Nikki Koller was two over. So we posted some solid rounds the first day but looking at the weather forecast we knew that Tuesday would be a great test for everyone. We knew the wind would blow at about 20mph but our coaches reminded us that the windier it got, the better for us because we had the home advantage and the game to face that situation.

18 holes later we had done it :) and we won our home tournament and first tournament of the spring season. We were able to find a way to stay focused and take one shot at a time. I had a tough day on the course, but my teammates "had my back" and we won by 11 strokes. Isabelle Boineau took the individual title (her second of the year!) and Haley Andreas finished in 5th place, a great finish in only her second college tournament. Our coaches, Margarita Ramos, Nikki Koller, myself, Kyndall Ardoin, Ashley Malaska and Sherlyn Popelka all played a very important role in making this happen because we all bring something different to the team that keeps us going strong. It was a great experience to be able to win my last home tournament at Arizona, I was very excited to be a part of this win and to share it with all of my teammates! We now have a little over two weeks to prepare for our next event and to keep doing what we're doing to be successful.

Thanks for all of the Wildcat fans that came to support us, we really appreciated having you there!

Para nuestros seguidores que hablan español, gracias por su apoyo. Este triunfo fue muy especial para nosotros porque fue en casa y el comienzo de la temporada de Primavera, asi es que fue una buena forma de empezar el año y poder tomar fuerzas para los torneos que vienen mas adelante. Fue una buena prueba de carácter para demostrarnos que si podemos y para poder llegar con una muy buena mentalidad a Post Season. Si tienen dudas o preguntas puedo contestarlas por este medio. Gracias y nos vemos pronto!