PLEASANTON, Calif. ?- Trying to build on the momentum from their last few tournaments, the Arizona women's golf team found themselves 10 shots behind defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA after the first day of competition in Pleasanton, Calif.
The Wildcats shot a 12-over-par 300 to trail tournament leader UCLA, after the Bruins shot a 2-over-par 290. USC (291) and Arizona State (296) are in second and third, respectively. Washington carded a 10-over-par 298 to stand in fourth. Washington State rounds out the top-five after shooting an 11-over-par 299.
“We have 36 holes to make up 11 shots,” fifth-year Head Coach Greg Allen said. “We came here to win a Pac-10 Championship. We feel the girls are good enough to bounce back. Mar [Garcia] and Cassandra [Kirkland] had good scores today and we know the other three are capable getting good scores too.”
Individually, junior Cassandra Kirkland leads the Wildcats in sixth after shooting an even-par 72 in the first round. Senior Mar Garcia joins Kirkland in the Top 10 by carding a 1-over-par 73 on Monday to tie for seventh.
Senior Miriam Kraschinski shot a 77 (+5) in today’s first round to tie for 29th. Junior Lani Elston is tied for 32nd at 6-over-par 78. Junior Whitney Welch carded a 9-over-par 81 to finish the first day tied for 43rd.
The Wildcats will tee off tomorrow at 8 a.m. (PST) in round two. The tournament is being contested at Ruby Hills Golf Club, Par 72 over a 6,304-yard layout.