April 3, 2011
TUCSON - On a windy day under difficult conditions, No. 8 Arizona Wildcat women's golf made a big push to move to the top three on the final day of play at the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course on Sunday. The 54-hole tournament was played over the course of three days with 18 holes played each day. The ASU Karsten Golf course is set at a par 72 over 6,230 yards.
No. 3 UCLA won the team event with a carding of 863 (-1) and three-round scores of 276, 289 and 298. No. 1 USC earned a second-place finish with a three-round total of 867 (+3) after rounds of 281, 284 and 302. No. 8 Arizona moved from fourth to third on the final day of play to move ahead of No. 23 Texas. The Wildcats shot rounds of 289, 287 and 302 for a total of 878 (+14).
"The conditions were very tough today," head coach Laura Ianello said. "The wind was blowing 15-20 miles per hour at times and the greens were fast and hard. Isabelle (Boineau) and Kyndall (Ardoin) had strong finishes and the team is looking for a strong comeback in two weeks at the Pac-10 Championships. We know if we play well, we will win."
No. 28 junior Isabelle Boineau finished in a tie for 10th place with rounds of 70, 72 and 76 for a three-day total of 218 (+2). Sophomore Kyndall Ardoin earned a top-20 finish, ending in a tie for 15th. She shot rounds of 71, 74 and 75 for a total of 220 (+4). Junior Nikki Koller also played her way to a top-20 finish on Sunday. Finishing tied for 19th, she shot rounds of 77, 69 and 75 for a three-round total of 221 (+5).
No. 57 junior Margarita Ramos finished tied for 25th. She had a three-round total of 223 (+7) with cardings of 74, 73 and 76. No. 73 senior Alejandra Llaneza finished tied for 30th and rounded out the Wildcat scorers. She had a three-round total of 224 (+8) with rounds of 74, 73 and 77. Sophomore Sherlyn Popelka, playing as an individual, finished tied for 66th with a three-round total of 233 (+17) with scores of 75, 80 and 78.
The Wildcats will play next at 2011 Pac-10 Championships, April 17-19, in Tempe, Ariz.. For complete results, visit golfstatresults.com.