Tigers begin quest for NCAA golf championship

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The Wildcats edged Alabama, 3-2, in the match play final held at the Karsten Creek Golf Club, capping a dramatic week that saw them topple powerhouse UCLA and Stanford.

When Haley Moore sank the winning putt for Arizona on Wednesday at the NCAA Women's Championship, the tears were measured in minutes.

She hit a 30-foot eagle on the last hole of stroke play on Monday versus Baylor, a shot that helped the Wildcats advance to match play.

The Franklin Pierce University men's golf team concluded its epic season with a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championship Wednesday. Moresco had a birdie putt that could have forced extra holes, but it narrowly missed and Nordaas converted her par to halve the hole and win the match. Moore had gained a 1-up advantage on the 17th hole of regulation, but Abe perfectly played the 18th to birdie and square the match. That gave her additional determination when it shifted to team play. "It's a national championship, it's not hard to stay motivated". Haley Moore lofted a tough chip to tap-in range to win and clinch victory, and the Wildcats were celebrating.

Shortly after, Cheyenne Knight, who was Alabama's most consistent player throughout the week, added another point with her 4-and-2 victory against Bianca Pagdanganan. Moore's second rolled just off the green to the left rough, while Abe found the front left bunker.

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

"We got off to a good start today and just let it ride", Potter said in a release. The match play No. 1 seed and the No. 3 ranked UCLA team lost in the quarterfinals to Arizona. "When I have played match play, I felt good...because most of the time I just felt like I had more drama in me and I just play a little more aggressive". "It's basically the same hole, I just told myself it's a regulation hole again, because in my mind I was like, OK, I'm all square going into the last hole of the national championship, so I know I need a birdie to win, so I just played it as just a normal hole, regulation hole". "When we got here - getting through regionals could be a bear - I knew anything was possible".

"We thought that Bianca would be better off with Arizona", said Sam, Pagdanganan's father.

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

For BYU, the women's team didn't qualify for the championships, but Rose Huang did individually and earned a Top 25 national finish.

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