Cats Selected to Bryan, Texas for NCAA Regional - Tucson News Now

Cats Selected to Bryan, Texas for NCAA Regional

Tucson, Ariz. – The Arizona women’s golf team was invited to the NCAA Tournament on Monday and will complete in the Bryan, Texas regional, hosted by Texas A&M.  Play will run from May 5-7 and the Wildcats will be joined by 17 other teams from across the nation, including Pac-12 rival UCLA. Arizona was selected as the number three seed in the competition, behind UCLA and Georgia.

The tournament, which is being hosted by Texas A&M, will be played at the Traditions Club, a par-72, 6,373-yard course. Teams will play 54 holes, 18 on each day. The low four scores from each round will compose the team score.

Last year at the NCAA Regionals in South Bend, Indiana, the Wildcats finished in fourth place led by returning senior Lindsey Weaver. Weaver captured third place at one-under par, behind Leona Maguire and Celine Boutier from Duke. Duke captured the individual championship.

“I think this will be a good test for us,” said Weaver. “I’m trying not to take too much for granted, and just play my best and get us as far as I can. It is my senior year, I love this team and we’ve come so far – winning Pac-12s last year – but as a team we haven’t really peaked yet. Going into post season, regionals, nationals, is a really great time for us to play our best golf.”

 Head coach Laura Ianello says that she expects to see Weaver perform again this year, hoping that her only senior can capture one last tournament win to give a strong ending to her time at the University of Arizona. Weaver has three top-ten finishes this season, two of which came in the last three tournaments. Last season, she had six top-ten finishes at the end of post season, a feat she is hoping to repeat.

“We predicted Texas A&M, I have been there before and we have a couple players that have played there before, so we are excited to head to Bryan, Texas,” said Ianello. “We played there in the National Championship in 2011. It’s a gorgeous golf course, a championship style course, and I know the ladies will do really well. We need to be able to manage our nerves a little bit better, I think we got off to a rocky start that day at conference, something I wasn’t really prepared for. Moving forward, now the ladies know what it’s like to be in contention and have a chance to win. The ladies are excited to have a chance to go to regionals, and off to nationals hopefully, and prove to everyone how strong we are.”

 Sophomore Krystal Quihuis is another returner to the NCAA Regional tournament, last season claiming a tie for 34th. Since then, Quihuis has three top-ten finishes, three top-twenty finishes, and a tournament championship at the Arizona Intercollegiate. Her play down the stretch towards post-season competition acts as a strong indicator of her ability to perform in the coming tournament, with a ninth place, fifth place, and first place finish in her previous three tournaments.

Gigi Stoll, Jessica Vasilic and Haley Moore will also compete in the tournament for the Wildcats.

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