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Senior Women's Golfers Relish Final Season
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 06, 2012
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Feb. 6, 2012

By Nayriah Bosley -

As the season begins for the University of Arizona women’s golf team, the end is near for seniors Margarita Ramos, Isabelle Boineau and Nikki Koller.

All three seniors have given the Wildcats three very successful years.

Ramos was named second-team All-Pac-10 and has participated in 12 events over the course of her career.

Boineau was named an NGCA second-team All-American and NGCA All-West Region.

Koller, who was named second-team Pac-10 All-Academic, played in 13 events and averaged 77.43 strokes per round last season.

In the off-season, all three golfers worked hard to improve their individual games. Ramos went to Mexico to play in a tournament.

“I practiced in what I did well in and what I didn’t do so well in, in tournaments,” Ramos said. “I worked out and I practiced my short game.”

During practices, Ramos realized that she needed to take a break.

“I also took a little break to give myself a chance to get everything back together. I started back up two weeks later and practiced everyday. I did everything that I do here (in Arizona) in Mexico so that I wouldn’t lose sight of what I want.” Ramos said.

Boineau worked with her coaches on her swing and its impact and her physical strength.

“My instructor is helping me to figure out what things will help me for this season, and for my professional career, because I have intentions of playing golf professionally,” Boineau said. “I can feel the pressure.”

Koller also worked with her swinging instructor in the offseason to improve her game.

“My instructor has taught me everything from when I was 10 years old,” Koller said. “I trust him more than anybody. We talked about the mental aspect because that is where I am at in my game. I’m utilizing the skills that I have and learning to work with them, mentally on the golf course. It is such a mental game.”

With the season rapidly approaching, the three seniors expect all of their hard work to pay off. Ramos said, “I’m going to take it step by step, first focusing on regionals and then nationals.” She said, “I know these are big goals but I plan on winning, especially since this is my last year.”

Boineau is very confident in the way her teammates will perform this year.

“We have a new recruit who is from France and she plays very well,” Boineau said. “We’re going to have a very good line-up which makes me think that we have a good chance at the national championships. This season is going to be fun, I have high expectations.”

Koller is setting her expectations to the highest degree, wanting her team to win the NCAA title.

“The other two seniors and I have been here so long, played together for so long and we have such high expectations for ourselves and our team,” Koller said. “I think we have the drive to really get it done. Personally, I would love to win a golf tournament, and have a better season. There are lots of things that I have in mind.”

With the unity of the team, all three ladies believe that they have a leadership role on the team. As a result of their seniority, many of the new girls look up to them and they are a very critical part of the team, giving them major responsibility on the team.

Although the three seniors are excited to embark on their last season, they will miss being a part of the team and will especially miss head coach Laura Ianello, an Arizona grad, who was a member of the 2000 national championship team.

“It’s really great to play for Laura, because she had a great career here,” Koller said. “She finished second at nationals and that’s what we want to do. We want to do as well as Laura and her team did. She is a great player, has a great short game and it is fun to go up against her.”

Ramos believes it is an honor to have Ianello as their coach.

“Laura played in the LPGA and she knows what it is like to be a Wildcat, and playing for the team,” Ramos said. “I think she is very understanding when it comes to school and focusing. She is always happy and positive, trying to make the team better.”

Boineau agrees that Ianello has been an integral part of the Wildcats’ success.

“I love her, she’s my favorite coach and I love to play for her,” Boineau said. “Not only is she a really good coach but she is also a great friend.”

Both Ramos and Boineau plan to continue to play after the season is over. They both want to qualify for the LPGA in November of 2013, but there are three stages that these ladies must complete.

Unlike Ramos and Boineau, Koller plans on taking a break at the conclusion of the season.

“I’ve played golf for so long, I want to see what else is out there,” Koller said. “I want the opportunity to discover if I want to go pro. I want to do something else for a year and see if playing golf is really what I want to do. I don’t want to go right into it, just to make sure that there is something else that I am passionate about, and I can decide if I want to fulfill those too.”

Expectations are high and Ramos, Boineau and Foller are ready and excited to lead the Wildcats in a successful 2012 season.