TUCSON - Paced by freshman Manon Gidali's five-under round of 67, the University of Arizona women's golf team is currently in first place after day one of the Wildcat Invitational. Held at the Golf Club at Vistoso, the three-round, three-day event is being played at par 72, 6,321 yards.
"I'm really proud of our girls," head coach Laura Ianello said. "They're organized, the course management, the preparation for this tournament has been thorough. Margarita Ramos came out with a strong round today and shot one under. Manon Gidali, in the first college round of her career, came out blazing and shot a 67. As a team, we're looking to improve each day. We only have a four-shot lead over UCLA and we look to make that bigger each day."
No. 22 Arizona shot a 285 (-3) to finish in first, No. 1 UCLA is in second place with a 289 (+1) and No. 8 Arizona State rounds out the top three with a carding of 291 (+3). Individually, Gidali holds a round-one score of 67 to lead the field of 79 players.
Gidali, who joined the team in January and is playing in her first collegiate tournament, fired a five-under round of 67 to take the lead. She shot five birdies on the day. Senior Margarita Ramos earned a top-10 finish in a three-way tie for fourth. She shot a round of 71 (-1).
"I was really nervous coming into this tournament because it was my first," Gidali said. "Once we started playing, I felt better. I know the course pretty well because we've been practicing a lot. So I'm feeling good after this first round. I'm trying to do my best and improve each round."