Arizona's Gidali Golfer Of The Month
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - ARIZONA freshman Manon Gidali, was named Pac-12 Women's Golfer of the Month for February, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Gidali has climbed to the No. 1 ranking in the country by Golfstat after putting together back-to-back tournament titles in February. She earned her first career victory in her very first tournament, shooting 66, 67 and 71 for three-round 12-under 204 in the Wildcat Invitational. Her rounds of 66 and 67 rank tied for No. 2 and tied for No. 6, respectively, all-time at Arizona. Gidali's three-day total of 204 (-12) is a new school record over 54 holes, replacing Lorena Ochoa's previous best of 206 (-10) from Trysting Tree Golf Club (Corvallis, Ore.) in 2001. Arizona also shattered ateam score record with a 13-under 851. The Wildcats had rounds of 285, 274, and 292 to break the old school mark of 10-under 854 set in 1998-99.
Gidali followed up her sterling Wildcat Invitational performance by tying teammate Isabelle Boineau for first in the UNLV Invitational two weeks later. Gidali carded scores of 71, 76 and 71 for a two-day total of 218 (+2). On the season, the freshman has a stroke average of 70.33 with two wins and five of six rounds played at or below par.
Arizona is currently ranked 5th in the country by Golfweek/Sagarin and 15th by Golfstat. The Wildcats return to the course for the Battle at Rancho Bernardo March 18-20.
Also Nominated: Giulia Molinaro, Arizona State; Emily Childs, CAL; Alex Stewart, Colorado; Erynne Lee, UCLA; Doris Chen, USC; SooBin Kim, WASHINGTON.
2011 Pac-12 Golfers of the Month
September - Giulia Molinaro, Arizona State
October - SooBin Kim, Washington
February - Manon Gidali, Arizona