Oct. 17, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sophomore Alejandra Llaneza made her return to the University of Arizona women’s golf lineup a successful one, firing a 2-under 69 to help the Wildcats take a share of 5th place after the opening round of the Stanford/Pepsi Intercollegiate, Friday afternoon at the Stanford Golf Course.
The Wildcats recorded their low round of the year thus far at 2-under 282, 11 shots better than its final round tally at the season-opening Mason Rudolph Championships. The first sub-par team total of the season also broke a streak of back-to-back scores of 297 to start each of the first two tournaments.
Llaneza, who missed last week’s event in Illinois to compete in the World Team Amateur Championships, stumbled out of the box with back-to-back bogeys to start, but she regained her form and was nearly flawless the rest of the round.
Starting on the 6th hole, she ran off a stretch of four birdies over seven holes, interrupted by just one bogey on the 9th, then shot 3-under on the back nine that included an all-important birdie on the 18th hole. The 69 matched the low round by a Wildcat this season, copying the score that Brittany Benvenuto shot in the third round of the Mason Rudolph event.
After shooting 78 and 79 to conclude last week’s event, Benvenuto turned things around in a solid way with an opening round 70 on Friday. Freshman Isabelle Boineau matched that score, giving the team its highest number of sub-par rounds this season and most since Llaneza and Alison Walshe shot 70 and 71, respectively, at the Wildcat Invitational last season.
Freshman Margarita Ramos had an up-and-down round, but still managed to roll in four birdies and finish with a +2 round of 73. Amanda Wilson was just one shot behind her teammate and out of the team scoring at +3 for a total of 74. Nikki Koller also competed as an individual and carded a score of 81 to finish 10-over.
UCLA currently leads the field at 7-under par while Oklahoma State is 6-under. Pac-10 rivals USC and host Stanford are just three shots ahead of the Wildcats in third place at 5-under. Caroline Masson of Oklahoma State carded the low individual round of the day at 6-under par 65.