Arizona, Boineau charge into spring with home win
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Arizona notched its first win of the spring and its second of the 2010-11 season Feb. 8 by winning its home event. The Wildcats beat California by 11 shots after hanging tough during difficult final-round conditions.
The Wildcats, No. 11 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, got off to a two-shot lead over the Golden Bears during the first day of the tournament, during which two rounds were played. Arizona was 5 under for those two rounds, and added a 15-over 303 in Round 3 to get to 11-over 875 for the tournament. California (No. 7) posted 22-over 886.
Arizona junior Isabelle Boineau won individual honors in Tucson, logging a 4-under 212 to beat Cal’s Pia Halbig by two shots.. Freshman teammate Haley Andreas, playing as an individual, scored a fifth-place finish at 1-under 215, and junior Margarita Ramos was eighth at 4-over 220.
“I’m really proud of the team,” head coach Laura Ianello said. “They did a great job. We came into the tournament very prepared. For the last three weeks, we’ve been out here almost every day. I knew our team knew this course and we are confident in our game. I’m thrilled to get this win.”
The event also served as a first run for a newly-formed Arizona State team. After losing much of its roster to graduation or the pro ranks last spring and summer, the Sun Devils were unable to compete as a team. With newcomers Laura Blanco, Justine Lee, Daniela Ordonez and Brittany McKee (playing as an individual) in the lineup, Arizona State finished third, nine shots behind California. All five members of the squad finished in the top 31.
“I was impressed today with our play during the rough conditions and our resiliency,” said head coach Melissa Luellen. “It makes me very optimistic about the future of ASU golf.”
As Arizona State surged with a new team, however, Oklahoma State felt the effects of losing its top two players from the fall: Courtney McKim and Victoria Park. The Cowgirls (No. 29) finished 13th as their scores got progressively higher through the tournament.
– Information from Arizona State and Arizona athletics used in this report.