"It's been really fun to be a part of Bedlam this year 'cause we don't really get that with golf very often", Hybl said.
Arizona would jump out to a dominating lead early on, where they would eventually cruise to a convincing, 4-1 win, securing a spot to vie for the National Championship. She took a 1-up lead of her own on No. 4, but Alabama's Lauren Stephenson again squared the match at No. 7. The top eight teams will then advance to match play to decide who will be crowned national champions.
Alabama senior Lakareber Abe forced the playoff by winning No. 18. Moore's early-week play gave a window into how she might approach match play. "I don't think the home course advantage is quite as big a factor in match play".
Alabama won the first two out of three matches in the championship as UA's Pagdanganan and Gigi Stoll were bested by their opponents, Cheyenne Knight and Kristen Gillman, respectively. She did not make the eagle, but made the short birdie, to send the championship contest to a playoff.
She knows how to win.
"So you may think you're sending out your four player against their four player and your entire future could reside on that match just based on how the other matches turn out".
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. Hou dropped the first hole but went on a tear on the back nine, turning an all-square match through nine holes into a four-hole lead after 13.
"What I feel is more relaxed now, " she said.
During the 2017-18 season, Auburn has racked up 129 rounds of even par or better, including 94 rounds below par. That's a 1-2-2 hole for Alabama with all five groups still on the front nine. She was three up by the time they got to No. 14. Both players played solid third shots to give them birdie putts.
"When I got down one down I just old myself, 'there's a lot of golf let, just keep making pars and hitting good shots", Moore said on the Golf Channel broadcast. Pagdanganan outlasted freshman of the year Patty Tavatanakit, 1 up, and Haley Moore's 3-and-1 win over Claire Legaspi was the third point they needed to advance. But we had a chance at the end, and you have got to get a contribution from everybody. "I just find all my teammates really inspiring", said Bianca Pagdanganan, the junior transfer. The Wildcats first brought the title trophy back to Tucson in 1996.
"I'm not going to lie, this one is a little bit more special to me", Ianello said.
For Laura Ianello, it was her first national championship as Arizona's head coach but her second national championship as a Wildcat - back in 2000 she was on the national championship team as a player. We'll find a way to get it into the fairway.
"It's going to be a long week but we're very prepared for that because we've got a full lineup of guys who have been through it", IL senior Dylan Meyer said.