First Round Foils Wildcats at Match Play

Nov. 3, 2008

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TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona women's golf team picked the wrong time to turn in its worst team score of the season, scuffling to an opening round total of 308 to slip into the consolation bracket at the 2008 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championships on Sunday.

Arizona, which finished in a tie for 13th place out of the 16 invited teams after the 36 holes of qualifying with a total of 605, takes on #12-seeded Tennessee on Monday morning in its first team match. The winner will battle the victor of #9 Tulsa-#16 Kent State while the losers will fall into an elimination match.

Just one week ago, the Wildcats came roaring off the tee box and posted a season-low 2-under 282 at the Stanford Intercollegiate event. However, the Independence Course at the Ginn Resort did not provide the same backdrop for success. Senior Amanda Wilson and freshman Margarita Ramos were the low scorers for the Wildcats, each carding round of 76 and 74 to finish in a tie for 42nd place at 150 (+6). Alejandra Llaneza was one shot behind them, firing rounds of 78 and 73.

Freshman Isabelle Boineau bounced back in her second round with a 76, but her opening round 82 put her at 158 while Brittany Benvenuto turned in rounds of 78 and 81 for a 36-hole total of 159.

The Wildcats finished tied with Florida and were two shots behind the Volunteers. UCLA finished atop the leaderboard at 567 as Stephanie Kono of the Bruins posted identical rounds of 66 to lead the individual tally.

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