April 25, 2012
TUCSON - The University of Arizona Wildcat women's golf team will begin the postseason portion of the schedule with the Pac-12 Championships, hosted by Washington State. Held at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., competition will take place Fri.-Sun., April 27-29.
The Palouse Ridge Golf Club is a par 72, 6,200-yard course. The 54-hole tournament will be played over the course of three days, with 18 holes played on each day. Tee times for Friday and Saturday will be at 8:30 a.m. while Sunday's final round will start at 8 a.m.
The field for the tournament features eight teams ranked in the top-25, according to Golfstat, and three top-10 ranked teams. Competing this weekend will be No. 17 Arizona, No. 5 Arizona State, No. 13 California, No. 12 Colorado, No. 21 Oregon, No. 53 Oregon State, No. 40 Stanford, No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 USC, No. 25 Washington, No. 78 Washington State (Golfstat rankings as of April 25).
Seniors Isabelle Boineau, Nikki Koller and Margarita Ramos, freshman Manon Gidali and junior Kyndall Ardoin will play for the Arizona team this weekend. Arizona is currently ranked No. 14 by the Golfweek/Sagarin Poll (4/22/12), No. 17 by Golfstat (4/25/12) and No. 13 by the Golf World/NGCA Coaches' Poll (4/2/12).
The Wildcats own seven Pac-10 Team Championships in program history, including the 2010 win in Eugene, Ore. Arizona has also claimed four Pac-10 Individual Championships, with the most recent coming from Lorena Ochoa in 2001. Last season, Arizona earned its fifth runner-up finish at a Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship. The Cats also finished second during the 1990, 1991, 1999 and 2003 seasons. UA has finished in top three at 14 conference championships since the 1987 season.
Last season at the Pac-10 Championships, the Wildcats, with rounds of 290, 290 and 289 for a complete score of 869 (+5), earned a runner-up finish behind then-No. 2 USC and ahead of third-place finisher then-No. 1 UCLA. Boineau was Arizona's top finisher in a tie for fourth place. She recorded one eagle and eight birdies in her three rounds of play. Ardoin finished tied for sixth with a total of 217 (+1). She picked up rounds of 72, 71 and 74 with six birdies and a hole-in-one during the championships.
This weekend's championship event means there is a point on the line in the State Farm Territorial Cup Series. The Cats currently lead the Sun Devils, 7.5 to 4.5. Since the 2009-10 season, UA and ASU's head-to-head match-ups took on an added bonus with the inception of the State Farm Territorial Cup Series. The State Farm Territorial Cup, once given to the winner of the annual UA-ASU football game, is now an across-the-board contest that includes 18 sports. Last season, Arizona beat ASU, 11.5 to 6.5.
Live results are available at golfstat.com. A complete recap and results will be available at ArizonaWildcats.com after each day of competition.