TUCSON, Ariz. – No. 11 University of Arizona women’s golf completed the second round of play at the NCAA Championships on Wednesday, moving to a tie for fourth place. Hosted by Tulsa and held at Tulsa Country Club (par 70, 6,194 yards) in Tulsa, Okla., competition is being held Tues.-Fri., May 20-23.
No. 7 Oklahoma continues to lead the team race with a 575 (+15). Sooner freshman No. 40 Alexandra Kaui leads the individual race with a 135 (-5).
No. 3 Duke sits in second place with a 578 (+18). No. 5 Arizona State rounds out the top three with a 580 (+20). No. 11 Arizona, No. 2 UCLA and No. 1 USC share a tie for fourth place with scores of 584 (+24). The Wildcats have rounds of 298 and 286. Currently, six Pac-12 teams sit in the top 10.
“The wind wasn’t as difficult today,” head coach Laura Ianello said. “It was definitely still breezy out there. We played here in the fall and we were prepared today. They knew it was going to be windy. They had good attitudes this morning. I honestly didn’t get to see much of Manon Gidali or Lindsey Weaver play today. I was with Jessica Vasilic all day. They’ve been playing well all year and the team is peaking at the right time.”
Junior Manon Gidali moved from 22nd to fifth on day two after shooting a three-under par round of 67. She holds a two-day score of 140 (E). No. 18 sophomore Lindsey Weaver moved from 13th to tied for eighth after round two. She shot a 69 (-1) on Wednesday for a score of 141 (+1) to rank among the top 10.
“I had a really good start compared to yesterday,” Gidali said. “I considered the front nine much harder than the back nine because a lot of holes are into the wind, so it makes it longer.”
Junior Kendall Prince sits in a nine-way tie for 58th place. She shot a 74 (+4) in round two for a score of 150 (+10). No. 57 Wanasa Zhou shares an 11-way tie for 82nd place. She holds a score of 153 (+13) and rounds of 77 and 76. Freshman Jessica Vasilic rounded out the Arizona five with a round of 76 on Wednesday. She holds a score of 154 (+14) to sit in a four-way tie for 93rd place.
“Even if you get off to a bad start on the front nine, you know that you still have the back nine out there and there are birdies that can be made on that nine,” Weaver added. “(On her birdie on 18) I hit the driver on the left and I played a 5-wood draw right at the pin, 15 feet and the putt broke left-to-right. It was one of the big putts that I made today. It was good to end on that and to give me confidence going into tomorrow.”
On Thursday, No. 11 Arizona tees at 9 a.m. MST/PT. The Wildcats are paired with No. 1 USC and No. 2 UCLA.
Live streaming of rounds three and four (holes 16, 17 and 18) is available at www.ncaa.com. Live scoring is available at golfstatresults.com. A complete recap and results will be available at ArizonaWildcats.com after each day of competition.
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