PLEASANTON, Calif. ?- The Arizona women's golf team bounced back Tuesday at the Pac-10 Championship in Pleasanton, Calif. The Wildcats are currently tied for third with Arizona State after the second round, 10 shots behind defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA.
“After our round we were watching the live scoring and really felt good,” fifth-year Head Coach Greg Allen said. “Then UCLA had a great end to their round and we found ourselves 10 shots behind going into tomorrow’s round.”
The Wildcats shot a 1-over-par 289 for a two-day total of 589 (+13) tying them with Arizona State. Arizona trails tournament leader UCLA after the Bruins shot 2-over-par 290 for a two-day total of 579 (+3). USC carded 10-over-par 586 to stand in second. Washington State (592) rounds out the top-five.
“All the girls know they can do this. We came in under the radar, but we know we can come back and do this,” Allen said. “A topic at our meetings tonight and tomorrow morning will be about how our guys last year came back from nine shots back to win the Pac-10 Championship.”
Individually, junior Cassandra Kirkland tied her career-best round by shooting 67 (-5) in round two. Kirkland is tied for 2nd with UCLA’s Susie Mathews. The Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France native first shot 67 during the second-round of the Stanford-Pepsi Invitational in October.
Joining Kirkland in the Top 10 is senior Mar Garcia who shot a season-low round of 70 in today’s round, to tie her for fifth with three other golfers. Junior Lani Elston bounced back from yesterday’s round to shoot 76 (+4), moving her up to a tie in 27th. Senior Miriam Kraschinski shot an 80 (+8) in todays second-round. Kraschinski, who was tied for 29th after the first round, is now tied for 39th with a two-day total of 157 (+13). Junior Whitney Welch is also tied with Kraschinski in 39th after carding a 76 (+4) in today’s round.
The Wildcats will tee off in tomorrow’s final round at 8 a.m. (PST). An award ceremony will follow the tournament at 3 p.m. (PST). The tournament is being contested at Ruby Hill Golf Club, a par 72 over a 6,304-yard layout.