The Arizona women’s golf team will face Alabama in the finals of the NCAA Division I Women’s Championship on Wednesday, thanks in part to a miracle putt that kept UA’s hopes alive during stroke play.
Bianca Pagdanganan eagled the 18th hole on Monday to force a two-hole playoff with Baylor that Arizona went on to win. The WIldcats then defeated top-seeded UCLA in the quarterfinals Tuesday and Stanford in the semifinals.
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Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke told a local radio station that Pagdanganan’s eagle will go down in UA folklore.
“It has all the suspense and drama of anything,” Heeke said Tuesday on WildcatsRadio 1290. “It goes down as one of the greatest moments in Arizona athletics history. Talk about a clutch, clutch shot at the end.”
Arizona coach Laura Ianello characterized Pagdanganan as one of the best players under duress.
“With her play and just being her in general has pushed the other four to be as great as she is,” Ianello said on the Golf Channel. “The thing about Bianca is not many players under pressure, when you tell them you need them, can really handle it. This kid can. She’s unbelievable.”