April 19, 2011
TUCSON - Seventh-ranked University of Arizona Wildcat women's golf earned a runner-up finish on the final day of competition at the Pac-10 Women's Golf Championships. The three-day, 54-hole event was help at ASU's Karsten Golf Course (par 72, 6,230 yards) in Tempe, Ariz.
No. 2 USC won the team race with a carding of 291 (+3) on the final day of play. They collected a three-round score of 864 (E). Just five strokes back, the No. 7 Wildcats were second with rounds of 290, 290 and 289 for a complete score of 869 (+5). No. 1 UCLA rounded out the top three with a carding of 873 (+9). No. 14 Sophia Popov of USC won the individual title on a playoff on hole 18.
Arizona earned its fifth runner-up finish at a Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship. The Cats also finished second during the 1990, 1991, 1999 and 2003 seasons. UA has finished in top three at 14 conference championships since the 1987 season. With today's finish, Arizona also picks up a point in the State Farm Territorial Cup race for finishing ahead of seventh-place Arizona State.
"I'm very proud of our team," head coach Laura Ianello said. "They came out with a mindset that we could win. It's been an up and down tournament for us, especially today. We started off slow but picked it up. We really showed how tough we are today and we really fought hard. Nikki Koller shot a 69 today and that was huge for us. Alejandra Llaneza was five-over par at the turn and finished two-over par. We really showed how much we wanted to win and, as a coach, you can ask nothing more out of your players than the heart we showed today."
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. Sophomore Kyndall Ardoin finished tied for sixth with a total of 217 (+1). She picked up rounds of 72, 71 and 74 with six birdies and a hole-in-one during the championships.
"I'm happy with how I played this week," Boineau said. "I don't regret any shot I made. We wanted to win the team title but second place is still exciting. This is good momentum for the rest of season. I think we're in good shape heading into regionals and, hopefully, nationals. We've put ourselves into good position."
Junior Nikki Koller jumped from tied for 20th to 11th on the final day with a score of 69 and a total of 218 (+2). She had opening rounds of 76 and 73. No. 59 junior Margarita Ramos earned a tied for 13th-place finish with a total of 220 (+4). She carded individual rounds of 72, 73 and 75. No. 71 senior Alejandra Llaneza rounded out the Arizona five with a tied for 29th-place finish, up from 34th where she started the day. She carded rounds of 77, 77 and 74 for a total of 228 (+12).
Arizona will play next at the NCAA Regional Championships on May 5-7. The regional selections will be made at the conclusion of the conference championships.