SAMMAMISH, Wash. ?- The Arizona women’s golf team finds itself in fourth place after the first round at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational.
The cooler weather and rain didn’t stop the Wildcats from putting up a good round of golf on Monday. “I felt we had a pretty good start, especially considering our previous performance,” head coach Greg Allen said. “This is quite possibly the most demanding course that we play on all year. For our freshman to come out and play the way they did, it really shows that we have a chance to do some great things.”
Freshman Lauren Espinosa was the individual leader for the Cats on Monday. She shot a +2 (74) and is in a four-way tie for eighth place. Espinosa sits only two strokes back from the leaders.
Lani Elston-Marshall shot a +3 (75) and is currently tied for 12th place. Also competing for the Cats, freshmen Sommer Scholl and Amanda Wilson shot a +4 (76) and a +5 (77), respectively. Cassandra Kirkland rounds out the Arizona roster with a +9 (81).
Pepperdine shot a +6 (294) and is the leader after round one. Arizona State and Stanford are tied for second place, each shooting a +12 (300).
“We’re in a decent position after today,” said Allen. “I think if we come out and play well tomorrow, we’ll give ourselves the opportunity to win the tournament on Wednesday.”
The Wildcats tee off tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. for round two.
Top 5 teams Arizona Finishers
1. Pepperdine +6 (294) T8. Lauren Espinosa +2 (74)
T2. Arizona State +12 (300) T12. Lani Elston-Marshall +3 (75)
T2. Stanford +12 (300) T21. Sommer Scholl +4 (76)
4. Arizona +14 (302) T25. Amanda Wilson +5 (77)
T5. UNLV +18 (306) T55. Cassandra Kirkland +9 (81)
T5. Long Beach +18 (306)T5. BYU +18 (306)