Bulldogs Come Charging On Final Day In Maui
March 29, 2017
MAUI, Hawaii – The Gonzaga Bulldogs jumped three spots from their 10th place finish from yesterday, shooting a 292 today to end up +43 and in a tie for seventh place as they completed the final round of the Anuenue Spring Break Classic on The Bay Course at Kapalua on the island of Maui in Hawaii on Wednesday.
Ciera Min led the Zags finishing in a tie for 16th after a final round 71, one-under par to finish +6 in the event. After going +2 on the front, she exploded on the back with five birdies, including four of the last five holes for her team-leading seventh round under par this season. Bianca Pagdanganan finished one stroke back of Min in the tournament with a final round, even-par 72. She birdied nine, 10, and 15 to equalize her three bogeys and finish in a tie for 18th.
Diana Araneta shot a career-low 74 on Wednesday, finishing +17 in the event in a tie for 47th place. In her final round she birdied five and nine to go one-under on the front. She had four bogeys on the back, but birdied 15 to lock down the 74.
Nina Novilla was the first Zag to finish on Wednesday, firing a final round 75, her best score of the tournament. She birdied number six on the front and the par-five 15th on the back to finish in a tie for 53rd place at +19. Jessica Mangrobang bounced back with a 77 on Wednesday to finish +21 in a tie for 60th. Jena Gao finished in a tie for 78th with an 80 on Wednesday, +29 in the event.
Min finished -7 on the par-five holes in the three days, the third best mark in the field. The Zags’ three Eagles led the field and they were -11 on the par-five holes, fifth best in the event.
“We showed up ready to play today with a much better competitive spirit,” Gonzaga head coach Brad Rickel said. “We attacked the course instead of worrying about the wind. Ciera and Bianca were good from the start and led the charge. Nina played a steady game and worked her way around the course. Diana had her career low and we can see her growing with each round. She is learning how to play at this level and deal with the pressure. Having the third lowest final round in this field is a great way to finish.”
UCLA won at -12 and Lilia Vu of the Bruins ran away at -12, up seven strokes on second place.
The Bulldogs have their final prep for the WCC Championships, April 9-11 in the Silverado Showdown in Napa, Calif.
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