TUCSON, Ariz. – Playing four sophomores and one freshman, the University of Arizona Wildcat women's golf team earned a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships on Friday. The four-day, four-round event was hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens.
"I'm proud of our young team's performance today," head coach Laura Ianello said. "The conditions were extremely difficult and we worked hard on the back nine to have a respectable finish. We struggled immensely the first three days, leaving us in 13th place heading into the final round. Andrea Vilarasau led the team with confident and consistent play."
"Our team learned a lot about what it takes to win a championship," Ianello added. "I know that playing this week will prepare us for better future championships. I am very proud of their maturity and work ethic that we displayed this entire season. We were ranked in the top 10 all year and had three tournament wins. Overall, that's a successful year. We will reach higher goals next year with Jessica Vasilic joining our squad."
No. 1 USC won the national title by 21 strokes and a score of 1133 (-19). No. 3 Duke finished second with an 1154 (+2). No. 7 Purdue rounded out the top three, scoring an 1173 (+21). No. 9 Arizona finished eighth after carding rounds of 298, 295, 297 and 300 for a total of 1190 (+38). The Wildcats were one of four Pac-12 teams to finish in the top 10. No. 2 Annie Park of USC won the individual title with a score of 278 (-10).
Sophomore Andrea Vilarasau was Arizona's top finisher in a four-way tie for 10th place. She collected rounds of 72, 72, 76 and 70 for a score of 290 (+2). Her final day of 70 is a season low. She finishes the season with three top-10 finishes and five rounds at or below par.
No. 44 sophomore Manon Gidali finished in a five-way tie for 37th place. She carded rounds of 73, 77, 73 and 75 for a score of 298 (+10). No. 95 sophomore Kendall Prince also finished in the top 50 with a six-way tie for 42nd place. She had scores of 74, 73, 74 and 78 for a total of 299 (+11).
Sophomore Patricia Garcia finished in a three-way tie for 97th place. Her score of 309 (+21) came from rounds of 79, 75, 74 and 81. No. 70 freshman Janie Jackson rounded out the Wildcat five in a five-way tie for 114th place.