Busy Summer For Women's Golf

July 22, 2009

Several members of the 2009-10 Arizona women's golf team have been keeping busy this summer playing in a number of amateur events around the world.

Incoming freshman Sherlyn Popelka of Switzerland qualified to play in the 2009 Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship at Royal St. David's Golf Club in Wales. Popelka carded rounds of 76 and 78 to finish at 8-over par and tie for 59th place. Though she did not qualify for the match play portion of the event, she was able to participate in an event that included a number of future competitors in the NCAA.

Nikki Koller also was busy in June as she carded a single round total of 76 in a local qualifying round in McDonough, Ga. for the U.S. Women's Open.

Later in July, Alejandra Llaneza and Brittany Benvenuto were joined by incoming freshman Kyndall Ardoin at the North and South Amateur Championship in Pinehurst, N.C. Llaneza, who was the #24 seed and received an automatic berth in the match play portion of the event, defeated #41 Stacey Miller in the first round before falling 1-up to 9th-seeded Jaclyn Sweeney in the second round.

Benvenuto qualified for match play by shooting a 5-over 78 in a single qualifying round. She then played as the 44th seed and lost, 3 and 4, to 21st-seeded Julia Boland in the opening round. Ardoin was unable to finish her round due to injury and was forced to withdraw.

Popelka will round out the summer for the Wildcats as she qualified to play for the European team at the Junior Solheim Cup, August 18-19 at the Aurora Country Club in Aurora, Ill. The 12-member team will face a 12-person team from the United States in a two-day event that includes six 4-ball matches, six foursomes and 12 singles matches.

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