May 21, 2010
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Sophomore Margarita Ramos tied for 7th place overall to help 7th-ranked Arizona to a 5th place finish at the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, Friday afternoon at the Country Club of Landfall.
Ramos carded her third subpar round of the tournament over her final 18 holes, shooting 2-under 70 on Friday to finish 4-under par for the tournament and sharing 7th place with Jennifer Kirby of Alabama. The 7th place finish was the best for a Wildcat since the late Erica Blasberg finished tied for 3rd at the 2003 event.
The Wildcats shot 3-over 291 on the day to finish the four-day event at 14-over par. Purdue held off USC by a single stroke to capture the team championship at 1-over par while Alabama (+5) and Arizona State (+9) rounded out the top five. It was the highest finish for the program since the 2002 squad shared 2nd place.
Sophomore Isabelle Boineau tied for 33rd place overall at 6-over par after shooting even-par 72 over her final 18 holes. Junior Alejandra Llaneza gave the Wildcats a third player in the top 50 of the individual standings as she shot 2-over 74 on the day and completed her 72 holes at 9-over par to share 50th place.
Two strokes behind Llaneza were freshman Sherlyn Popelka and sophomore Nikki Koller at 11-over par. Both players carded identical rounds of 3-over 75 to share 57th place with a 72-hole scoring total of 299. Caroline Hedwall of Oklahoma State captured medalist honors, using a final round 68 to post a 4-shot win at 12-under par over Jennifer Johnson of Arizona State.
The top five finish at the national championship event capped a return to national prominence for the Arizona program. The Wildcats posted three team wins during the 2009-10 season, including back-to-back victories at the Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional events. The wins were the first for the program since the 2003 team was victorious at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.
Popelka also claimed the first individual crown for the program at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in October since Alison Walshe won the 2008 NCAA West Regional. Her 54-hole total of 7-under 209 in that event tied for the 3rd-lowest total in program history, joining a list that includes former Wildcat greats Leta Lindley, Jenna Daniels and Lorena Ochoa.