Oct. 4, 2011
TUCSON -Led by senior Isabelle Boineau's individual victory, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's golf team earned a runner-up finish at the Windy City Collegiate, in Chicago, on Tuesday. Held at Northwestern's Glen View Club, participating teams played two rounds on Monday and the final round today.
No. 4 Oklahoma State won the team title with a score of 882 (+18), just one stroke ahead of No. 47 Arizona's 883 (+19). No. 45 Ohio State rounded out the top three with a carding of 884 (+20). The Wildcats finished ahead of No. 28 TCU, No. 1 Texas, No. 20 Northwestern, No. 11 UC Davis and No. 12 Texas Tech.
"I'm very proud of our comeback this week," head coach Laura Ianello said. "Isabelle Boineau really led our team through the last couple of rounds and played some great golf. For her first tournament of the season, I was really happy with how Kyndall Ardoin played. And our freshman Paige Spiranac was impressive in her first collegiate event. She placed in the top 25 and that was a boost for us. We want to continue to progress and work hard in preparation for the Pac-12/SEC Challenge in two weeks and we're definitely looking for a win this fall."
Boineau picked up her first win of the 2011-12 season and her first win since the 2011 Wildcat Invitational. She fired rounds of 76, 70 and 68 for a season-low score of 214 (-2). Her final-day round of 68 is her lowest since the 2009-10 season. She moved from tied for eighth to first with her season-best round.
"Everything just kept rolling for me today," Boineau said. "I was trying to keep my mind set and I knew how close we were to the lead, individually and as a team. We wanted the win and we know we're capable of playing good golf. This gives us a lot of good momentum heading into our next tournament. The team chemistry was great this week and that really helps us on the course."
Junior Kyndall Ardoin was Arizona's second finisher in an eight-way tie for 11th place. She carded rounds of 75, 73 and 73 for a total of 221 (+5). Freshman Paige Spiranac, completing her first collegiate tournament, finished in a four-way tie for 21st with scores of 73, 73 and 78 (224, +8). With rounds of 79, 76 and 72, senior Nikki Koller carded a 227 (+11) to finish in a four-way tie for 31st. Senior Margarita Ramos rounded out Arizona's five in a five-way tie for 66th place. She collected scores of 84, 77 and 75 for a total of 236 (+20).
Arizona will compete next at the Pac-12/SEC Challenge, Oct. 21-23, in Knoxville, Tenn.