Arizona Ends Season in National Semifinals for Third Consecutive Year
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – For the third consecutive NCAA Championship, Arizona Women's Golf's season ended as one of the last four teams standing in the semifinals of match play. The Wildcats dropped their second match of the day to Ole Miss, 3 to 2, after a thrilling quarterfinal win in extra holes over top-seeded Stanford in the morning.
"I am incredibly proud of these young women," said head coach Laura Ianello. "I felt like once we made it to championships, we had a lot of the pressure lifted off of us. I knew with how we finished stroke play that we were going to be ready for match play and we were. To beat No. 1 seed Stanford with a great round of golf is really all you can ask of this team. The ladies competed and overcame everything in a COVID-19 season to be one of the last four teams standing."
Arizona made a run to even things out in the match after the turn as Therese Warner won five consecutive holes in her match-up with Chiara Tamburlini. The Wildcats' other point came from senior Yu-Sang Hou who was playing in her third match play semifinal of her career.
"Of course, we are frustrated right now but since the very beginning of the season we kept growing," said sophomore Gile Bite Starkute. "We came back as a team to reach regionals and then nationals, and it was just accomplishment after accomplishment. To end the season in the top four in the country, after not being sure we were even going to have a season, it's an incredible feeling."