Arizona women's golf beats Alabama to win national championship

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Haley Moore beat Lakareber Abe with a birdie on the first extra hole Wednesday to give Arizona a 3-2 victory over Alabama in the NCAA women's golf championship.

Alabama immediately got its point back with a 4 and 3 win by Kristen Gillman over Gigi Stoll. Moresco and Abe still had enough holes to provide the winning match if either had been needed. Abe's approach shot landed in a bunker just in front of the green while Moore's went left off the fringe, barely rolling into the rough. Trailing, and needing a big play on the final hole, Pagdananan made one of the most memorable putts to keep Arizona's season alive, extending the match, sending it to a playoff. Moore followed with a pure stroke that found the center of the cup.

"I was actually really nervous, the first few holes I had a bad start, but my coach, Coach Laura (Ianello), just told me don't get nervous - just like stroke play, don't think too much, just watch all your spped, and that's all you can do", Hou said. They've made me a better person and player.


All three finished in the top 10 during the stroke play portion of the NCAA Championships. "It was unbelievable. Going into this hole [18] I had no idea where we were at". "It was such a huge dream of mine, and knowing that it has come true is unbelievable". My mindset was to get it close to the hole. I'm glad that it happened.

Playing great golf of late, Pagdanganan wouldn't quite have the same luck in this one.

Alabama pounded Kent State 4-1 in the quarters Wednesday morning before moving on to the No. 3 seeded Trojans in the afternoon.


It capped off a wild three-day run for the Wildcats, who snuck into the match-play quarterfinals after beating Baylor in a playoff and then defeated top-seeded UCLA and fifth-seeded Stanford in the quarterfinals and semifinals on Tuesday to reach the national championship match.

Moore got redemption on the first playoff hole with a birdie, securing the win and title for the Wildcats. "So I think we're going to be prepared for that". The Wildcats first brought the title trophy back to Tucson in 1996. "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". And so when we got here, getting through Regionals can be a bear.

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


And just as they did Monday night, the Wildcats stormed the green with chants of "M-V-P!" as they embraced Moore as national champions for the third time in program history.

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