GOLF: Gidali and Cats win big in Florida

GOLF: Gidali and Cats win big in Florida
The Arizona Women's Golf team beat the host Florida Gators by ten shots. (photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics)
The Arizona Women's Golf team beat the host Florida Gators by ten shots. (photo courtesy: Arizona Athletics)

TUCSON, AZ - University of Arizona women's golf took home the SunTrust Gator Women's Golf Invitational championship on Sunday. Senior Manon Gidali took home the individual medal.

After leading through the first and second rounds, Arizona shot a 294 (+14) in the final round to finish with a team score of 879 (+39). This is their second consecutive win at the SunTrust Gator Invitational.

"I was really proud of the team, they played really well," said head coach Laura Ianello. "The team's short game was really sharp and they stayed patient. They stayed within themselves and played good golf."

Senior Manon Gidali had rounds of 73 (+3), 72 (+2) and a final even 70 to finish at 215 (+5) to take home the individual title.

"It feels great because I haven't won individually for the past two years," said Gidali. "I had a really bad season last year and wasn't really playing for the team. I worked really hard to get back at it and this victory means a lot right now. I played really well and tried to stay patient and in the present."

Arizona had strong performances all around, with four players finishing in the top-10. Freshman Krystal Quihuis tied for sixth place to secure her third straight top-10 finish. She had respective rounds of 73 (+3), 70 (E) and 77 (+7) to finish at 220 (+10) overall.

Junior Lindsey Weaver carded rounds of 75 (+5), 73 (+3) and 75 (+5) to finish in a tie for eighth place with a score of 223 (+13). Sophomore Wanasa Zhou followed in a tie for 10th place with rounds of 74 (+4), 75 (+5) and 75 (+5) to finish at 224 (+14).

Senior Kendall Prince rounds out the Arizona five with a final round score of 74 (+4). With prior scores of 82 (+12) and 81 (+11), she finishes at 237 (+27) in a tie for 53rd place overall.

As an individual, senior Andrea Vilarasau finished in a tie for 30th place with rounds of 78 (+8), 78 (+8) and 73 (+3) to finish at 229 (+19).

No. 32 Florida takes the runner-up title with a score of 889 (+49), followed by No. 38 Florida State in third place with 902 (+62).

Looking ahead, Arizona will next compete when they host the Wildcat Invitational on Mon.-Tues., March 16-17 at Sewailo Golf Course in Tucson.

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