Freshmen Lead Cats to 5th Place on First Day in Napa
NAPA, Calif. – With only one team breaking par and a total of seven players out of a field of 90 following suit, Arizona Women's Golf held their own on the first day of the Silverado Showdown to finish Monday's opening round in fifth place at 9-over par. The freshman trio of Caitlin Whitehead, Lilas Pinthier and Carolina Melgrati carded Arizona's lowest rounds at 1-over, 2-over and 3-over respectively.
"I thought our team hung tough today and played steady golf throughout the round," said head coach Laura Ianello. "For the most part, we answered bogeys with a par or birdie on the next hole. If we can keep that consistency, while cleaning up a couple of holes, we will post a quality round on Tuesday."
The Wildcats did their best work on the course's shortest holes, finishing Monday third in par-3 scoring at 3-over par. Arizona was consistent in its low scoring throughout the opening round as it carded six birdies on the front nine and four after the turn. The Wildcats' consistency was also evident in their minimizing of big numbers as one of two teams on the day to avoid any scores larger than bogey.
The trio of Whitehead, Pinthier and Melgrati finished Monday in 14th, 20th and 30th place while sophomore Maya Benita gave Arizona it's fourth top-30 score with her 3-over performance.
Arizona enters Tuesday's second round in a crowded pack on the leaderboards as one of ten teams separated by nine strokes. The team will play 18 holes on Tuesday before Wednesday's final round of 18.