Fives Too High For Wildcats
Sept. 27, 2008
TUCSON, Ariz. - Five was a common number for the Arizona women's golf team on Saturday, but not necessarily in the way the team would have wanted.
Freshman Nikki Koller trimmed five shots off of her round from Friday as the Wildcats shot 306 as a team and sit in 13th place with a two-round total of 603 at the 2008 Mason Rudolph Championships, played on the Vanderbilt Legends Course in Franklin, Tenn.
While Koller was enjoying returning to a site less than 100 miles from her home in Lewisburg, Ky., the rest of the Wildcats each shot +5 rounds of 77 to see the team shoot nine shots higher than the previous day and share the dubious honor of having the highest team score of the day.
Sophomore Alejandra Llaneza looked to be on her way to a solid round as she recorded pars on each of her first 10 holes. However, that trend came to an abrupt halt as she needed eight strokes to finish the 11th hole before adding one more bogey on the 14th hole.
After shooting a steady first round, senior Amanda Wilson suffered a similar fate to most of her teammates with a roller-coaster round. While she tallied two birdies over the first five holes, she also had a triple bogey, then followed that with two bogeys to set the tone for her round of 77.
Brittany Benvenuto matched team-high honors with four birdies in her round. However, she only had six pars while eight holes had bogey or worse. Margarita Ramos matched Llaneza on the front with an even-par nine holes, but she also was hurt starting on the 11th hole with three-straight bogeys followed by a double bogey.
Wilson is the leader on the individual leaderboard in a share for 31st place at +4. Llaneza and Benvenuto are a shot apart at +7 and +8, respectively, while Ramos and Koller are also separated by just one stroke at +10 and +11, respectively.
Megan Grehan of host Vanderbilt sits atop the individual leaderboard at 7-under par after shooting a tournament-low 65 on Saturday. Pac-10 rival UCLA leads the team tally at 14-under with a total score of 562.
Tournament play concludes on Sunday morning as the Wildcats sit just seven shots from climbing into the top 10 amidst the field that includes nine of the top 10 ranked teams.