Cats Climb to 6th at NCAA Tournament

May 19, 2010

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WILMINGTON, N.C. - Seventh-ranked Arizona carded the only sub-par team score of the day to help vault the team into 6th place after the second day of the 2010 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, Wednesday afternoon at the Country Club of Landfall.

Inclement weather forced the final five teams to have their rounds suspended as daylight ran out with a few holes to play. Those teams will resume play on Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. Following a one hour break, the third round will begin with the Wildcats being paired with Pac-10 rivals Arizona State and UCLA.

As play ended on Wednesday, Arizona was the only team shoot below par, once again playing well as conditions grew more difficult. The Wildcats won the Pac-10 Tournament in rainy weather in Eugene, Ore. A 2-under par team total of 286 brought Arizona to 6-over par after two days of play. USC holds the team lead at 6-under par while Alabama is in second at 1-over par and Purdue is one shot behind the Crimson Tide.

Sophomores Margarita Ramos and Nikki Koller spearheaded the charge up the leaderboard for the Wildcats as both players carded rounds under par. Ramos moved into a tie for third place on the individual leaderboard, carding a 3-under par round of 69 to finish the day at 4-under par. For Ramos, it was the third time this season she has posted consecutive subpar rounds in a tournament and matched the low individual round of the day.

Koller rebounded from an opening round score of 77 to shoot 2-under par 70 over her second 18 holes of play. She got her round off to a strong start, carding birdie on three of her first four holes to go out in 34 before shooting even on her second nine holes. The strong score helped Koller climb into a tie for 29th place overall.

Junior Alejandra Llaneza was another player to bounce back after struggling on Tuesday to shoot a much-improved round. Following an opening round 7-over par round of 79, Llaneza scorched the front side of the course at 3-under par and finished her round at even par.

Freshman Sherlyn Popelka tallied the final scoring round of the day for the Wildcats at 3-over par and is now 4-over for the tournament while sophomore Isabelle Boineau shot 4-over par 76 and sits at 7-over for the championship. Jennifer Johnson of Arizona State holds the overall lead at 7-under par while Jennifer Song of USC is one shot back.

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