TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 12 Arizona women’s golf picked up its first win of the 2013-14 season with a victory at the SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational on Sunday. Held at Mark Bostick Golf Course (par 70, 6,002 yards) in Gainesville, Fla., competition took place Fri.-Sun., March 14-16.
The Wildcats last won a team title at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, hosted by Hawaii, in March 2013. On Sunday, Arizona won with a score of 866 (+26) and rounds of 294, 287 and 285. No. 37 Kent State finished second with an 867 (+27). No. 30 Ohio State rounded out the top three with an 875 (+35). No. 75 Daniela Darquea of Miami won the individual title with a 214 (+4).
“I’m so proud of everybody on this team,” assistant coach Derek Radley said. “It truly was a team effort. Jessica (Vasilic) had her best finish yet and Lindsey (Weaver) birdied her last two holes. Wanasa (Zhou) made a 15-foot par putt on her last hole to shoot one under. We played our best golf down the stretch, in the toughest conditions and when it mattered the most.”
“Big thanks to my wife, Sara (Brown) Radley, for all her help coaching,” Radley added. “We couldn't have brought home the trophy without her. This victory is a testament that we are doing the right things and getting better every day. I see limitless success for us in the future. Also, a shout out to Coach (Laura) Ianello and baby Natalie, we are bringing the trophy home.”
Freshman Jessica Vasilic was Arizona’s top golfer for the first time this season in a three-way tie for second place. She fired rounds of 74, 71 and 70 for a score of 215 (+5). She collected her best individual finish as a collegian and her collegiate low tournament score. She moved up from 11th to top two on the final day of play.
No. 21 sophomore Lindsey Weaver shot a 72 in the final round for a combined score of 218 (+8). She finished in a five-way tie for eighth place, good for her fourth top-10 finish. Junior Andrea Vilarasau and No. 36 freshman Wanasa Zhou finished in a four-way tie for 17th place, their fourth and third top-20 finishes, respectively. Vilarasau ended the tournament with a 220 (+10) and rounds of 71, 75 and 74. Zhou shot a 69 on the final day and scored a 220 (+10).
No. 91 junior Kendall Prince finished in a four-way tie for 49th place. She carded a 228 (+18) with rounds of 74, 70 and 84. Playing as an individual, junior Manon Gidali finished in a seven-way tie for 36th place. She shot rounds of 79, 74 and 72 for a score of 225 (+15).
The Wildcats will play next at the PING/ASU Invitational, April 4-6, in Tempe, Ariz.For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat women's golf, follow the team on Twitter @UAWomensGolf, at Facebook.com/ArizonaWomensGolf or visit ArizonaWildcats.com.