April 25, 2011
TUCSON - For the fourth-straight season, No. 7 Arizona women's golf will play in the NCAA West Regional Championships, May 5-7, at Seattle's Washington National Golf Course, it was announced by the NCAA selection committee on Monday.
The Wildcats are one of 72 squads selected to play in the NCAA Regional Championships and one of eight Pac-10 teams to earn a bid. The top eight teams from each regional site will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 18-21, hosted by Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Among the three regional sites, 18 individuals will also be competing.
"We're excited to play in the NCAA West Regional," head coach Laura Ianello said. "We'll see a lot of competition we're familiar with and the field is really strong. I'm very happy with the strides we made at the Pac-10 Championships and we're really looking to build on the momentum we generated, as a team and individually. We need to continue to work hard and improve our short game."
Joining No. 7 Arizona at Washington National Golf Course will be No. 51 BYU, No. 23 UC Davis, No. 47 Denver, No. 12 Georgia, No. 15 Iowa State, No. 52 New Mexico, No. 64 New Mexico State, No. 28 Oklahoma, Oral Roberts, No. 33 Oregon, No. 19 Pepperdine, Portland, No. 49 San Diego State, San Jose State, No. 36 South Carolina, No. 1 USC, No. 13 Tennessee, No. 27 Texas A&M, Texas-El Paso, Texas-San Antonio, No. 42 Tulsa, No. 6 Virginia and No. 38 Washington (rankings according to golfstat.com).
At the 2010 NCAA West Regional Championships, Arizona held off an early challenge from top-ranked UCLA before pulling away to earn the title. The Wildcats matched their first round total of 291 and finished with a three-round total of 876 to end up 24-over par. The three-shot margin coming into the final day held up as the UCLA Bruins shot 297 to finish nine shots back at 885. Nikki Koller picked an opportune time to turn in her best 54-hole total of her Arizona career. Her second even-par round of 71 on the weekend allowed her to finish at 2-over par and tie for third-place overall.
At last week's Pac-10 Championships, the Wildcats earned a runner-up finish. Just five strokes back, Arizona carded rounds of 290, 290 and 289 for a complete score of 869 (+5). No. 26 junior Isabelle Boineau was Arizona's top finisher in a tie for fourth place. She carded rounds of 70, 73 and 72 for a total of 215 (-1). She recorded one eagle and eight birdies in her three rounds of play.