STANFORD, Calif. – For the fourth time in seven rounds this fall, sophomore Nena Wongthanavimok carded Arizona’s lowest score with a 68 in Friday’s first round of the Stanford Intercollegiate. She left Stanford Golf Course in a tie for third overall out of 100 players while the Wildcats posted a 5-over par performance as a team to sit in a tie for eighth place.
“Nena played another great round today to add to her strong start to the season,” said head coach Laura Ianello. “She continues to post our lowest scores and gets better every week. We struggled through parts of the back nine today to finish in the middle of the pack. Just as we’ve done with earlier tournaments this season, we will fine tune our gameplan for a couple of holes and come out tomorrow with even lower scores.”
Wongthanavimok sank four birdies with just one bogey on Friday to record her third round of the year with one or fewer bogeys. The sophomore opened her first round of the event with 12 straight holes without a bogey and finished the day second in par-3 scoring.
Freshman Charlotte Back had Arizona’s second lowest score of the day with a 2-over round of 73. Her steady round included 10 consecutive pars to start her round.
The Wildcats will enter Saturday’s second round tied with Arizona State in eighth place at 5-over. Arizona sits in a pack of six teams separated by five strokes on the leaderboard.