Feb. 8, 2011
TUCSON - On a windy day with difficult conditions, the University of Arizona women's golf team persevered and came away with the win at the Wildcat Invitational. The two-day, three-round event was held at The Golf Club at Vistoso (par 72, 6,250 yards).
Arizona won the team race with a three-round score of 875 (286-286-303) (+11), California was second with a score 886 (284-290-312) (+22) and Arizona State rounded out the top three, carding an 895 (296-296-303) (+31).
"I'm really proud of the team," head coach Laura Ianello said. "They did a great job. We came into the tournament very prepared. For the last three weeks, we've been out here almost every day. I knew our team knew this course and we are confident in our game. I'm thrilled to get this win."
Junior Isabelle Boineau won the individual title with a three-round total of 212 (-4). She carded scores of 69, 70 and 73. Junior Margarita Ramos finished tied for eighth with a score of 220 (+4). Her three rounds carded at 73, 71 and 76. Junior Nikki Koller came back to finish 11th with rounds of 74, 72 and 76 for a total of 222 (+6). Senior Alejandra Llaneza was tied for 13th after shooting 70, 73 and 81 for a three-round total of 224 (+8). Sophomore Kyndall Ardoin rounded out the Wildcat five at tied for 38th. She carded scores of 79, 75 and 78 for a three-round total of 232 (+16).
"This feels amazing," Boineau said. "Winning means a lot. To get the team win is also great and I'm really proud of us. Dealing with the wind, I just tried to stay mentally strong and focused."
Freshman Haley Andreas and junior Ashley Malaska played as individuals. Andreas finished fifth with a three round score of 215 (-1) after carding scores of 72, 67 and 76. Malaska was tied for 66th with a 78, 79 and 85, good for a total of 242 (+26).
Arizona will compete next at the Bruin Wave Invitational, hosted by UCLA, in Valencia, Calif., Feb. 28 to March 2.