TUCSON - With individual and team records set, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's golf team won their only home event of the season, the Wildcat Invitational, on Tuesday. Held at the Golf Club at Vistoso, the three-round, three-day event was played at par 72, 6,321 yards. The 2012 season marks the first since 1991 that both the UA men's and women's teams won their respective home events in the same season.
"To come out and win in this style, 12 shots ahead of No. 1 UCLA and ahead of No. 8 Arizona State, I'm just so proud," head coach Laura Ianello said. "This tournament was something special. What a showing from freshman Manon Gidali. For her to win her first collegiate tournament, it's going to set a tone for this team for the rest of the season. Senior Margarita Ramos had a fantastic round today and shot even par in some tough conditions. She was outstanding."
No. 22 Arizona finished atop the leader board with rounds of 285, 274 and 292 for a total of 851 (-13). UA's three-round total is a school record over 54 holes, replacing the previous best of 854 (-10), set by the 1998-99 squad at Randolph North Course, in Tucson.
No. 1 UCLA earned a runner-up finish with rounds of 289, 283 and 291 for a total of 863 (-1). No. 8 Arizona State rounded out the top three with a score of 884 (+20). The Sun Devils had scores of 291, 296 and 297.
UA freshman Manon Gidali, competing in her first collegiate tournament, won the individual title with rounds of 67, 66 and 71 for a three-round total of 204 (-12). Her rounds of 66 and 67 rank tied for No. 2 and tied for No. 3, respectively, all-time at Arizona. Gidali's three day total of 204 (-12) is a new school record over 54 holes, replacing Lorena Ochoa's previous best of 206 (-10) from Trysting Tree Golf Club (Corvallis, Ore.) in 2001.
"I'm really happy with how I played," Gidali said. "After my first round, I relaxed. I really didn't think I could shoot better than five under but I did in the second round. This is a great win for our team and this will generate some great momentum."
Senior Margarita Ramos earned a runner-up finish with rounds of 71, 68 and 72. Her three-day total of 211 (-5) ranks tied for No. 5 on Arizona's all-time list. Senior Isabelle Boineau finished fourth with a three-round total of 214 (-2) and cardings of 74, 70 and 70. Senior Nikki Koller finished tied for 12th. She collected rounds of 73, 70 and 80 for a total of 223 (+7). Sophomore Haley Andreas was tied for 36th with rounds of 74, 79 and 79 (232, +16).