Sienkiewcz's Career Low Propels Cats to Open Cabo Collegiate
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico – Behind Chase Sienkiewicz's career low of 66, the Arizona Wildcats opened the Cabo Collegiate on Sunday with a 1-over performance to tie with Baylor for 10th. Arizona's team score was balanced throughout the round, carding eight birdies on the front and nine on the back. Sophomore Sam Sommerhauser completed the Cats' one-two punch in the first round with an opening round of 70.
"Chase's exceptionally strong round really set a good tone for our team on Sunday," said head coach Jim Anderson. "Sam also broke par to lead us and was our best player on the par 3's today. We had some unusual struggles early in the round but evened things out to end it. I look forward to seeing strong encores from Chase and Sam tomorrow as well as our overall response to today."
Sienkiewicz's career best surpassed his previous mark by one stroke, which was his final round of 67 to help the Cats clinch their fifth consecutive Arizona Intercollegiate title. The junior was at his best on the Cabo del Sol Golf Club's par 5's where he scored three birdies and an eagle in Sunday's first round. Sommerhauser's 1-under opening round put him in a tie for 29th on the player standings.
Arizona, in 10th place at 1-over, is part of a crowded middle of the leaderboards where nine teams are separated by ten strokes. The Wildcats will tee off at 8 a.m. (MST) off the 10th hole on Monday alongside Alabama, Baylor and California.