May 5, 2011
TUCSON - In cold and wet conditions, the No. 7 University of Arizona Wildcat women's golf team completed day one of play at the NCAA West Regional Championships on Thursday. The three-day, three-round event is being hosted by the University of Washington at Washington National Golf Course (par 72, 6,321 yards).
The Wildcats shot a 15-over par 303 to finish in a three-way tie for seventh. No. 1 USC was the only team to shoot even par with their score of 288 as they lead the team race. No. 6 Virginia is in second place with a two-over 290 on day one. No. 13 Tennessee rounds out the top three with a carding of 292 (+4). Individually, Lady Vol No. 17 Erica Popson leads with an opening round of four-under 68.
"It was a rough day for the Wildcats but we are looking to make a strong move in the next two days," head coach Laura Ianello said. "The course is scoreable and we will go low. Alejandra Llaneza led us today with a solid round one. Isabelle Boineau and Margarita Ramos are both looking to go low with their scores tomorrow and Saturday."
No. 72 senior Alejandra Llaneza was the top finisher for the Wildcats. Finishing in a nine-way tie for 17th place, she shot a two-over par 74 in round one. No. 25 junior Isabelle Boineau carded a 75 (+3) to end day one in a 15-way tie for 26th place. No. 52 junior Margarita Ramos sits in a 13-way tie for 41st place after scoring a 76 (+4).
The Wildcats are one of 72 squads selected to play in the NCAA Regional Championships and one of eight Pac-10 teams to earn a bid. The top eight teams from each regional site will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 18-21, hosted by Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Among the three regional sites, 18 individuals will also be competing.
Arizona will continue play at the NCAA West Regional on Fri., May 6 with an 8 a.m. PT tee time.