TEMPE, Ariz. ?- The Arizona women's golf team stands tied in 13th with San Jose State after 18-holes on Friday in Tempe, Ariz.
The Wildcats shot a 22-over-par 310 to trail tournament leader UCLA by 19 strokes after the Bruins shot a 3-over-par 291. Tournament host Arizona State and Oregon are tied in second at 7-over-par 295. California (297) and Pepperdine (302) are in fourth and fifth, respectively.
“We got off to a bad start,” Head Coach Greg Allen said. “We played the front nine 19-over and then settled down for a three-over on the back nine. We have to use that momentum we gained on the back nine in tomorrow and Sunday’s rounds.”
Individually, junior Cassandra Kirkland leads the Wildcats tied in 21st place, after shooting a 3-over-par 75 in the first round. The native of Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France is coming off her first individual collegiate title at the UNLV Spring Invitational in mid-March.
Junior Lani Elston carded a 4-over-par 76 during Friday’s round. Junior Whitney Welch shot a 79 (+7) in today’s first round. Senior Mar Garcia is tied for 71st at 8-over-par 80. Senior Miriam Kraschinski is tied for 91st, after she shot a 12-over-par 84.
Competing as an individual for Arizona, sophomore Rachel Gavin is in 95th at 87 (+15)
The Wildcats will tee off tomorrow at 8:43 a.m. (PST) in round two. The tournament is being contested at Karsten Golf Club, Par 72 over a 6,230-yard layout.