Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

PH's Bianca Pagdanganan, Arizona capture third NCAA women's golf title

PH's Bianca Pagdanganan, Arizona capture third NCAA women's golf title

"It means so much". We have a girl coming in that's in the top 10 of the world amateur golf rankings and another Italian that's on the national team that's a pretty good player. She went for the green in two shots, found it and squared the match against Haley Moore with a two-putt. That lead was a 3-up after 12 holes, but Angelica Moresco fought hard to extend the match to the 18th hole.

A half-dozen times or more, reasonable length birdie puts ran seven, eight, nine feet and more past the hole.

"I'll make the best of it either way, " she said.

With match play certainly here to stay, the Big 12 is attempting to prepare its teams for the rigors of the final two days of the season. Knight is the second Alabama player to earn three first-team WGCA All-America accolades in a career, joining Stephanie Meadow (2011, 13, 14). The Wildcats were the last team to qualify for match play after beating Baylor in a playoff in a stroke-play playoff on Sunday afternoon.

Arkansas will play senior leader Alvaro Ortiz, who played a key role in the Razorbacks' sizzling finish in the final round at the NCAA Norman (Okla.) Regional last week, and four sophomores in Mason Overstreet, William Buhl, Luis Garza and Tyson Reeder. The 17th hole was a disaster for Abe who had to take an unplayable lie.

She knows how to win. She had a 45-foot pitch and a putt to salvage a bogey.

"She started to tear up, she's like, 'He just sent me the best prayer ever, ' " Pagdanganan said. The national championship begins with 72 holes of stroke play, which were a rollercoaster ride for the Wildcats. They have made me a better person and player. "I just find all my teammates really inspiring", said Bianca Pagdanganan, the junior transfer. It was all downhill and faster closer to the hole.

PH's Bianca Pagdanganan, Arizona capture third NCAA women's golf title

"I think with her (Pagdanganan) play and her being in general has pushed the other four to be as great as she is", Arizona head coach Laura Ianello said in an article posted on the Wildcats website after her team defeated Stanford 4-1 in the semifinals. I'm glad that it happened.

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The championship is the third in program history and the first since 2000 when Ianello was a member of the team.

Once in the match play portion of the championship, Arizona kept its momentum rolling.

"This year has been interesting, but with the talent of these five women I knew anything was possible", Ianello said.

Upon arriving in the Karsten Creek parking lot in Stillwater, Okla., (home course of Oklahoma State), the Tigers will be greeted with a plaque hanging on a bricked-in area honoring the program's lone national title, won there in 2003. "We played solid this entire spring and we didn't play our best, so in my gut I still felt we had something out there". I don't know what it was, but she wasn't as precise with her driver, and that's tough out here.


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