April 14, 2013
TUCSON – One of the strongest fields of the collegiate season with five teams in the top 10, nine teams in the top 20 and 15 of the 17-team field ranked in top 44, the PING/ASU Invitational did not disappoint. No. 7 University of Arizona women’s golf finished tied for third, scoring ahead of 12 ranked teams, including No. 1 USC. The three-day, three-round event was held at ASU Karsten Golf Course (par, 6,223 yards) in Tempe, Ariz.
Paired with No. 14 Arizona State and No. 15 Stanford for the final round of play, No. 7 Arizona finished tied for third with the Cardinal. The Cats collected rounds of 288, 284 and 290 for a score of 862 (-2). No. 3 Alabama won the team race with an 845 (-19). No. 2 Duke finished second with an 854 (-10). No. 1 USC and No. 14 ASU finished tied for fifth with scores of 863 (-1). No. 43 Emma Talley of Alabama won the individual title with a 207 (-9).
“The course played really easy this week and that’s why a lot of top teams were under par,” head coach Laura Ianello said. “Alabama shot a fantastic round of golf today. I told the team today, everyone is capable of shooting under par. That was our goal today. We had a good round and we had a good tournament. To me, this was a national championship field and for us to finish third is good. Sure, I’m disappointed because we always want to win but a top three is good for our team. They’re proud of themselves. Andrea Vilarasau and Anna Kim really showed up this week.”
No. 32 sophomore Manon Gidali was Arizona’s top finisher in a five-way tie for 17th place. She scored rounds of 73, 68 and 74 for a score of 215 (-1). No. 90 freshman Janie Jackson finished in a four-way tie for 22nd. She totaled 216 (E) with rounds of 72, 71 and 73.
Sophomores Andrea Vilarasau rounded out the Wildcat scoring five with a 44th place finish. She totaled 221 (+5) with rounds of 77, 73 and 71.
“Manon Gidali really struggled today but we know what she’s capable of,” Ianello said. “Kendall Prince has been sick with mono for the last month. She’s coming back strong and shot one-under par today. We’re happy to have her back. We need to keep building. We’re young and we want to win.”
Arizona returns to the course April 22-24 for the Pac-12 Championships. The conference tournament will be held in Los Angeles Calif. and hosted by UCLA.
“Our conference is strong,” Ianello said. “We only beat Arizona State by a stroke today. USC, UCLA, Stanford is getting better. We’re such a good conference. Next week we really need to get our heads on straight. We need to fight hard for every putt and every chip and every drive in the fairway. In our conference, you can’t make any mistakes. We have some work to do but I’m confident. I think this team can win.”
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