Cats Finish Round One of Regionals In Position To Move
STANFORD, Calif. – No. 22 Arizona Women's golf relied on course experience to close its first round of play at NCAA Regionals in a tie for sixth place at 5-over par. As part of the 18-team field at the Stanford Regional, the Wildcats were playing the same course for a second consecutive event following the Pac-12 Championships at Stanford Golf Course two weeks ago. Senior Yu-Sang Hou carded Arizona's lowest score on Monday with her 1-under round of 70, which put her in a five-way tie for 12th.
"We were able to improve today after making the turn, which created some momentum for us going into tomorrow's second round," said head coach Laura Ianello. "We are in a good spot on the leaderboards in a pack of teams just over par, and I believe we can play a more complete round tomorrow to improve our scores even more."
Hou's first round was highlighted by five birdies, making her one of the ten players in the 95-person field to sink five or more birdies in the first round. She was one of three Wildcats to birdie the 490-yard, par-5 seventh hole on Monday. In all three rounds of the Pac-12 Championships, Arizona tallied a total of two birdies on No. 7.
Finishing two strokes behind Hou, sophomore Therese Warner shot a 1-over round of 72, which put her in a tie for 26th on the leaderboards. It also marked the eighth time in her 24 rounds this season that Warner has shot 72 or lower in a round.
The Wildcats will tee off at 9:00 a.m. (MST) for the second round of the Stanford Regional on Tuesday alongside Oklahoma State and USC. Arizona is part of a nine-team pack separated by a total of five strokes near the top of the leaderboards. The top six teams, after all three rounds, from the Stanford Regional will advance to the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Arizona.