Local prep stars help UofA women to Pac-12 golf title

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Lindsey Weaver shot a three-round total 208 over the Boulder Country Club course in Colorado earlier this week to finish tied for second place at the Pac-12 Championships, leading the University of Arizona women’s golf team to its first team championship since 2010 and the program’s eighth conference title overall.

The junior from Scottsdale, who was a high-profile performer at Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, had rounds of 72, 67, and 69 to finish five under par and lead the No. 6 Wildcats to a team total of 853 (+1) for the event, which ended Wednesday.  Runner-up Oregon finished five strokes behind the Cats.

Weaver has been a rising star in the game since her freshman year in high school when she won regional and state championships.  She went on to become the No. 3 recruit in the nation, according to at least one recruiting service.  As a junior, she played on the winning PING Junior Solheim Cup team, and as a senior she qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open.

Her first year out of high school was spent at Notre Dame, where she was named the Big East Women’s Golf Player of the Year in her only season playing for the Irish, and finished that freshman season ranked No. 32 in the country.

Since transferring to UofA, she has become a team leader and national competitor, finishing last year in 16th place at the NCAA Championships.  She led the team in top-10 finishes (six), rounds at or under par (15), and average strokes per round (72.32).

Arizona sent five players from a roster of nine to compete at this week’s Pac-12 Championships, including a more recent graduate from an in-state high school.  Krystal Quihuis was runner-up at the Division II championships last year, playing for Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson.  During her four years at Salpointe she won two individual state titles.

The 5’3″ freshman closed out Wednesday with a three-day total of 222 (+9) for a 28th place finish.

But it was her teammate, Wanasa Zhou, that lit up the scoring effort on the final day, shooting a six-under round of 65 – which tied for the best round in the history of the Arizona program.  The sophomore from Australia finished in 10th place with a 214 total score.

Rounding out the five who made the trip to represent the Wildcats were seniors Kendall Prince and Manon Gidali. Prince carded a 218 total for a tie at 18th place and Gidali shared the No. 28 spot with teammate Quihuis with her own 222 total.

Last season the Wildcats finished the Pac-12 Championships in a tie for second place.  Now they’ve upped their game and brought home a title they may be able to defend next year.

In case you didn’t notice, three of the five will be back next year.

(Photo: Arizona Athletics)