March 9, 2009
SORRENTO, Fla. - The final four holes at the UCF Challenge claimed nine strokes over par as Arizona dropped to 15th place with a two-day total of 592, Monday afternoon at the Red Tail Golf Club.
The Wildcats, who are 16-over through two days of play, were poised to climb into the top five on the team leaderboard as they made the turn with a team score of 1-under par. Brittany Benvenuto made the turn on 18 at 1-under 35 while Alejandra Llaneza, Margarita Ramos and Isabelle Boineau all headed to the front after shooting 36 through nine holes.
However, the final nine holes proved a tougher task than the opening set of holes. The Wildcats managed just two birdies on the front nine while recording 12 bogeys and a pair of double-bogeys. Boineau fired the low round of the day for the Wildcats, finishing at 1-over 73 to sit at +5 for the tournament. Llaneza was 2-over on the day and is tied for 29th at +2.
The remainder of the Arizona squad all posted rounds of 4-over 76. Nikki Koller is currently 3-over for the tournament while Ramos is 6-over and Benvenuto is at +9.
Arizona State fired the low round of the day at 284 to take a one shot lead over UCLA at 8-under 568. Oklahoma State is in third place at 1-under while USC (+1) and Auburn (+8) round out the top five.
Jessica Yadloczky of Florida continues to hold the overall lead after shooting 70 to come in at 8-under through two days of play. Nicole Smith of Tennessee also shot 70 on Monday and is two shots back while Belen Mozo of USC and Jennie Lee of Duke are each 5-under par.
The final round of play at the UCF Challenge will begin at 9:24 am (EST) for Benvenuto while the rest of the team follows one at a time up through Llaneza at 10:00 am.