UA golf finishes season on upswing
Sophomore Lindsey Weaver finished in a seven-way tie for 16th place with a score of 285 ( 5) at the 2014 NCAA Championships. The UA women’s golf team tied for seventh at the event.
Arizona women’s golf tied for seventh at the NCAA Championships, its highest NCAA finish since 2010 and its 16th top-10 finish.
After shooting daily rounds of 298, 286, 287 and 287, the Wildcats tied with Ohio with a score of 1,158 ( 38).
“They ended the year on a really good note,” women’s golf head coach Laura Ianello said. “Any time you get a top-10 finish at a national championship, you can’t really be upset with that.”
Junior Manon Gidali finished in a three-way tie for seventh, the best result for a Wildcat at the NCAA Championships since Margarita Ramos got seventh in 2010. Gidali shot 73, 67, 74 and 68.
“It was so great to see Manon show herself there in the postseason,” Ianello said. “I was really, really proud of her.”
Sophomore Lindsey Weaver finished in a seven-way tie for 16th with a score of 285 ( 5) and daily rounds of 72, 69, 72 and 72. Junior Kendall Prince finished 59th with seven others.
After the season, Weaver was selected as a Women’s Golf Coaches Association Second-Team All-American. Weaver was Arizona’s 54th All-American and fourth in the last four years.
Weaver was also first-team All-Pac-12 after finishing second at the conference championships. She had six top-10 and eight top-20 finishes in 2013-14.
“Lindsey played extremely well all of April and May,” Ianello said.
The Arizona men’s golf team sent a pair to the NCAA San Antonio Regional to compete as individuals, but neither qualified for Nationals.
Senior Erik Oja tied for 16th at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club after shooting a 217 ( 1). Junior Alex McMahon shot a 224, which was good enough for a tie for 43rd at the Regional, which was hosted by UTSA.
“Both of those guys had a pretty good round,” head coach Jim Anderson said. “Overall, I was proud of how those two competed, especially without having their team there as part of the Regional field.”
Oja recorded the UA’s sixth-best season scoring average ever, 71.37, and had the program’s fourth-best career scoring average, 72.36. He was also All-Pac-12 First Team and Capital One Academic All-District At-Large team and will compete for the Palmer Cup European team in late June.
Incoming freshman George Cunningham, the No. 2 recruit by Golfweek and the American Junior Golf Association, headlines the Wildcats’ recruiting class.
“I’m expecting a lot of fun next season and success,” Anderson said.
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