April 2, 2013
"I'm very proud of our team for their comeback and finishing second," head coach Manon Gidali had a solid performance and was sad to be one stroke short. Her game is growing confidence and I am forecasting big things for her. Our freshmen, Janie Jackson and Anna Kim, also had good performances and came back strong from their first rounds. We have one week to prepare for the ASU tournament. Our goals are to continue to get better and win conference in a few weeks."
No. 1 USC won the team race with a score of 875 (+11). No. 8 Arizona finished second with an 896 (+32) and rounds of 306, 298 and 292. No. 31 Pepperdine rounded out the top three with a 904 (+40). No. 24 Sophia Popov of USC won the individual race with a score of 217 (+1).
Just one stroke out of the lead, No. 33 Gidali earned a runner-up finish in the field of 81. Recently named the Pac-12 Player of the Month for March, she fired rounds of 72, 76 and 70 for a score of 218 (+2). She now totals 10 rounds at or below par on the season. Gidali moved from tied for fifth to second on the final day of play.
No. 89 freshman Janie Jackson finished in a four-way tie for 12th place. She carded scores of 80, 71 and 74 for a total of 225 (+9). Freshman Anna Kim and sophomore Andrea Vilarasau shared a tie for 17th place. Both scored 227 (+11) with Kim's rounds of 80, 75 and 72 and Vilarasau's 74, 76 and 77. Sophomore Patricia Garcia rounded out the Arizona five in a seven-way tie for 39th place. She collected scores of 80, 80 and 76 for a total of 236 (+20).
The Wildcats will play next at the PING/ASU Invitational, April 12-14, at Tempe's Karsten Golf Course.