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Arizona Posts Strong Opening Round at NCAA Championships

May 21, 2021

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – No. 22 Arizona Women's Golf shot a stroke below par after the turn to finish a strong opening round of 4-over on the first day of the 2021 NCAA Championships. The Wildcats' 4-over day was among the best three scores of all morning groups and would put them in a four-way tie for fourth place by the end of the day. Sophomore Gile Bite Starkute carded her team's best opening round at even par and finished the day in the top five.

"Our team played better as they day went on, and it was great to see them improve by a handful of strokes after the turn," said head coach Laura Ianello. "The ladies were outstanding on the par-4's today as we carded over 60 percent of our birdies today on those holes. Our score on Friday held up throughout the day, which puts us in a great position heading into round two."

Arizona opened the day with three birdies on its first hole of the day: the 359-yard par-4 on hole No. 10. The strong play on the initial hole set the tone for the team on the back nine holes as Starkute led the Wildcats with a steady eight pars and a birdie heading into the turn.

Yu-Sang Hou and Therese Warner each shot 1-under on the front nine as Hou mimicked Starkute with a steady run of eight pars and a birdie. Warner used birdies on the third, sixth and seventh holes to shave three strokes off her score from her first nine holes.

The Wildcats will continue with the second round of the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon. After three days, the top 15 teams will advance to a fourth and final day of stroke play before the top eight advance to match play.