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    Women’s golf places second at Betsy Rawis Longhorn Invitational

    For the second consecutive tournament, the Arizona women’s golf team found itself in a position to win, and for the second consecutive tournament it failed to perform with the win in sight.

    The Wildcats, who finished at 26-over-par, ended the weekend in second place in the Betty Rawls Longhorn Invitational in Austin, Texas— six strokes behind the nation’s No. 1 team, the UCLA Bruins.

    UA shot 16-over-par as a team in the final round and UCLA shot 11-over par to clinch the championship.

    All five Arizona golfers bogeyed at least one of their final three holes, and three of the five bogeyed multiple times in the finishing stretch. 

    Junior Alejandra Llaneza and freshman Sherlyn Popelka led the Wildcats in scoring, as both turned in a six-over-par 222 for the weekend. Isabelle Boineau and Margarita Ramos both shot a seven-over-par 223, and Nikki Koller shot a 19-over-par 235.

    Popelka had the Wildcats’ lowest score in the final round, with a two-over-par 74.

    The University of Texas, the tournament’s host, finished in fifth place — 23 strokes behind UCLA.

    Oklahoma University finished alone in 17th, at an abysmal 89-over-par for the weekend.

    Sarah Zwartynsk of Texas A&M was the individual winner, as she finished at three-under-par for the tournament. UCLA had three golfers in the top five and four in the top 10, and Arizona had four golfers notch top 10 performances.

    This is Arizona’s fourth consecutive top-five finish.

    Up next for Arizona is the Ping/ASU Invitational April 9 through 11 and is UA’s last tune-up before the Pacific 10 Conference championships April 19-21.

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