TUCSON - On a day that saw all four UA scorers shoot under par, the University of Arizona women's golf team is currently in first place after day two of the Wildcat Invitational. Held at the Golf Club at Vistoso, the three-round, three-day event is being played at par 72, 6,321 yards.
"I'm ecstatic, I'm so proud of our girls," head coach Laura Ianello said. "We've prepared for this course for about two weeks and it has been thorough. All four of our scorers today shot under par and Arizona golf hasn't had a day like that in a long time. We've been itching for a day like this and we finally got it. I'm the proudest coach right now."
No. 22 Arizona leads the team race with rounds of 285 and 274 for a total of 559 (-17). The Wildcats have four in the top 10, all five scorers in the top 35 and all nine players in the top 70. No. 1 UCLA is in second place with scores of 289 and 283 for a total of 572 (-4). No. 8 Arizona State rounds out the top three with cardings of 291 and 296 for a two-round score of 587 (+11). Gidali, with a six-stroke advantage, continues to the lead the individual race, shooting a 133 (-11).
On day two, Gidali shot a six-under round of 66 to set a collegiate competition Golf Club at Vistoso course record. Her two-day score of 133 is 11-under par. She also shot a 67 (-5) in the first round on Sunday. Senior Margarita Ramos jumped to second with her four-under carding of 68. Combined with her 71 (-1) from the first round, she sits with a score of 139 (-5).
Senior Nikki Koller jumped from tied for ninth to tied for fourth. She has rounds of 73 and 70 for a two-day total of 143 (-1). Senior Isabelle Boineau moved from tied for 13th to tied for seventh. She has rounds of 74 and 70 for an even 144. Sophomore Haley Andreas sits in an eight-way tie for 34th place with her rounds of 74 and 79 (153, +9).
"I think we're finally all playing how we dreamt we'd played," Koller said. "We've had a lot of players step up and I'm really excited. I really worked on my bogies today and wanted to hit more greens. I tried to hit the ball in good places and take it stroke by stroke."