Wildcats Clinch NCAA Championship Berth
STANFORD, Calif. – Behind a blistering final round score of 5-under as a team, No. 22 Arizona Women's Golf finished in fifth place at 5-over par at the Stanford Regional to qualify for NCAA Championships. The Wildcats shaved 10 strokes off their first and second round scores on Wednesday as Yu-Sang Hou shot a career low round of 66 to propel her into the top five of the individual leaderboards.
Hou's round of 66 not only eclipsed her career low, but it was the lowest score of the day in the entire field. She also tied the second-lowest score by a Wildcat ever in an NCAA Regional, matching Leta Lindley who shot a 66 in the first round of the 1993 Arizona Regional. The senior finished the regional in fourth place at 6-under par as her 54-hole total of 207 strokes tied the lowest event score by a Wildcat in regional play.
Sophomore Vivian Hou gave the Wildcats a second top-25 finisher, posting a final score of 3-over for the week. The Hou sisters' stellar play through out the weekend pushed Arizona towards the top six, but it was Ya Chun Chang's play in the third and final round that put them over the top. Chang shot a final round 71 after dropping six strokes off her scorecard from the previous day.
Arizona's team score of 279 on Wednesday marked the only round below 280 posted by a team other than Stanford who was playing on their home course. The Wildcats made low scores on the longest holes on course, finishing third in par-4 scoring and second in par-5 scoring.
Scottsdale, Arizona is the next stop for Arizona as the 2021 NCAA Championships will be played at Grayhawk Golf Club starting on Friday, May 21. The appearance is the third consecutive season the Wildcats have reached the championships, which includes their NCAA title win in 2018.