Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
On the Tee with Ale: Entry #11
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 21, 2011
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April 21, 2011

Throughout the Arizona Wildcat women's golf season, senior Alejandra Llaneza will keep a weekly blog about life and golf in the Pac-10. Check back for more updates from Ale!

Hello Wildcat Fans!

We finished second at Pac-10s. It was a very eventful week. The tournament organized a dinner at an ASU donor's house where all the teams had putting contests and we had a great dinner. After that relaxing night, it was time to take care of business. We played okay the first round. We were still eight shots back so we knew that round two would be crucial. We posted a two-over par round as a team and that put us seven shots back from USC. We were very excited to have the chance to defend our title from last year and we were confident that we could do it. We all played with a lot of heart the last round and gave it our all. Unfortunately, we came up five strokes short. USC played very solid the last round and we were unable to catch them.

We felt somewhat disappointed but we reminded ourselves that we still finished at a respectable second place and Coach Laura (Ianello) reminded us of something with a Michael Jordan quote: "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." That quote was very encouraging and put things more in perspective, making us realize that failure is something you need in order to succeed.

We also had some highlights this week, including Kyndall Ardoin's hole-in-one on the 16th hole which usually is one of the hardest holes on the course. Pac-10s is a pretty good time for her to make her first one. Isabelle Boineau had an eagle on hole five and I had an eagle on 17, which was a lot of fun!

At the Pac-10 awards ceremony, Kyndall Ardoin and I got Pac-10 honorable mention, Margarita Ramos got second team honors and Isabelle Boineau first team. It was a successful afternoon for us.

We have regionals in two weeks and then nationals. We will work very hard to be mentally and physically prepared. I am very proud of all my teammates because their hard work and dedication really showed this week and I am looking forward to running `the final stretch' with them. We are very motivated for what's coming and I could not ask for a better team!

Until next time!