May 21, 2009
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - It was moving day on Thursday, but the bad news for #20-ranked Arizona was that they moved the wrong way at the 28th Annual NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championships staged at the Caves Valley Golf Club.
One day after slicing five shots off its opening day total, the Wildcats were unable to maintain that momentum and posted their highest team score of the tournament. Arizona posted a team total of 314 on the day and is now +65 for the tournament. The Cats are one shot behind Tennessee-Chattanooga and three behind Tennessee.
Sophomore Alejandra Llaneza erased two days of frustrating play and showed the form that has helped her to a team-best scoring average of 73.35. Though she finished the day three shots above her average, it was still her best round of the tournament as she opened her round with 8-straight pars and posted a birdie on the par-3 15th hole.
Senior Amanda Wilson and freshman Isabelle Boineau each finished the day at +6 by carding rounds of 78. Boineau was an even 3-over on each side while Wilson erased a rough front nine to shoot even par on the back side.
Freshman Nikki Koller shot 82 on the day, though she did salvage some momentum for Friday’s final round with a birdie on the 18th hole, the only member of the team not to record bogey on the finishing hole. Fellow rookie Margarita Ramos carded an 83 to wrap up the five-person squad.
Jennifer Song of USC holds the overall lead at even par after shooting 71 on Thursday. Her team also holds the overall lead with a one-shot lead over Arizona State while sitting three shots in front of UCLA.
The fourth and final round of the tournament will see the Wildcats paired with Tennessee and Tennessee-Chattanooga with the first threesome teeing off on the 10th hole at 8:20 a.m. (EST)