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Strong Back Nine Keeps Cats in Chase

Feb 25, 2022

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Arizona Women's Golf wrapped up its first round at the Florida State Match-Up on Friday in a tie for fifth place as 12-over par after a 9-stroke improvement on the back nine holes. The opening round saw none of the 12 competing teams break par as the Wildcats are one of six teams separated by a total of 11 strokes. Freshman Carolina Melgrati posted Arizona's low score for the day at 2-over par, which put her in a tie for 14th.

"We overcame a very challenging start to our round to level out and improve after the turn," said head coach Laura Ianello. "That showed the resiliency of our team to move on from tough holes and focus on the next one, which is important for a coach to see. If we can continue that focus and approach, I believe we will be right in the thick of things over the weekend."

The first three holes of the day played extremely difficult for all twelve teams as a total of eight birdies were carded by the field on Friday morning. The Cats tallied just six of their 15 birdies on the day before the turn with Melgrati also sinking an eagle on the 11th hole. Arizona was dialed in on the course's par 3's as well with the second-best scoring on the shortest holes, trailing only Virginia Tech by a stroke.

Melgrati's top-15 score on the first day of play was followed by senior Ya Chun Chang and junior Gile Bite Starkute who both finished in a tie for 19th at 3-over par. The Wildcats' balanced scoring also included freshmen Lilas Pinthier at 4-over (T-28th) and Caitlin Whitehead at 5-over (T-35th).

Arizona will be paired with Oregon State and Clemson in Saturday's second round, which is scheduled to begin at 8:40 a.m. local time in Tallahassee (6:40 a.m. MST).