Wildcats Set for NCAA Regional Championships - Tucson News Now

Wildcats Set for NCAA Regional Championships

Source: Arizona Athletics Source: Arizona Athletics
 TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 4 University of Arizona women's golf will continue the championship portion of the season with the NCAA Regional Championships. Held at Warren Golf Course and hosted by Notre Dame, competition will take place Thurs.-Sat., May 7-9.

One round of play will be contested each day, with tee times of 5 a.m. MST/8 a.m. ET. Warren Golf Course is a par 71, 6,437-yard course. For Thursday's opening round, top-seeded Arizona will play with second-seeded Duke and third-seeded Oklahoma State. The Wildcats, Blue Devils and Cowgirls will tee at 6:39 a.m. MST/9:39 a.m. ET from hole No. 1.

Seniors Manon Gidali and Kendall Prince, junior Lindsey Weaver, sophomore Wanasa Zhou and freshman Krystal Quihuis will be competing for the Wildcats at the NCAA Regional Championships.

Joining Arizona in South Bend will be No. 5 Duke, No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 20 UC Davis, No. 23 Pepperdine, No. 26 Tulane, No. 30 Notre Dame, No. 33 Purdue, No. 39 Kent State, No. 41 Louisville, No. 45 San Jose State, No. 52 North Carolina, No. 54 Kentucky, No. 81 Harvard, No. 82 Troy, Eastern Kentucky and Youngstown State, in addition to six individuals. (Rankings according to Golfstat.com 4/29/15)

The Wildcats are ranked No. 4 in the current Golfweek/Sagarin poll and No. 5 by Golfstat.com. Individually, according to Golfweek, Weaver is No. 24, Gidali is No. 29, Quihuis is No. 41 and Zhou is No. 93. Weaver is No. 42, Gidali is No. 47 and Quihuis is No. 64 according to Golfstat.com.

This weekend's regional championship marks Arizona's 23rd straight. Of those 23 qualifications, 19 have led to a trip to the NCAA Championships. Six teams will advance from each regional site to the NCAA Championships May 22-27. N.C. State, UTSA and BYU serve as the other three regional sites.

Last time out, the Wildcats took home the Pac-12 Conference title at Boulder Country Club. The squad won its eight Pac-12 Conference title (1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2015) and its first since the 2010 season. UA finished with an 853 (+1) and rounds of 292, 282 and 279 for a five-stroke lead on the field. Weaver was Arizona's top finisher in a tie for second place. She shot a 208 (-5) with rounds of 72, 67 and 69. Her 67 (-4) from the second round matched her season low.

Three Wildcats earned Pac-12 Conference honors, it was announced in conjunction with the league championships. Gidali was named All-Pac-12 First-Team for the second time in her career. She holds a stroke average of 73.03 with 11 rounds shot at or below par. Weaver was named All-Pac-12 First-Team for the second time in her career after earning a nod in 2014. She leads the Wildcats with a 72.86 stroke average and 12 rounds shot at or below par. Quihuis was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention. The only freshman recognized on either team, she holds a stroke average of 73.34, a season-low round of 69 and five top-10 finishes.

Live scoring is available at Golfstat.com. A complete recap and results will be available at ArizonaWildcats.com after each day of competition.

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