WILMINGTON, N.C. – Friday’s first round of No. 21 Arizona Women’s Golf’s final tournament of the fall took on a familiar feel as sophomore Nena Wongthanavimok carded the team’s lowest score of the day with a 2-under round of 70. It was the fifth time in 10 rounds played this season that Wongthanavimok has posted the Wildcats’ lowest score, pacing Arizona to sixth place at even par in the opening round of the Landfall Tradition.
“We really got into a groove in the middle part of today’s round and played consistently good golf on a majority of the holes,” said head coach Laura Ianello. “We didn’t start or finish the round as strong as we would have liked, but that is something we will address tonight. Hats off to Nena for opening another tournament with an excellent performance to end the day in the top 10. These are the types of opening rounds for a team that can lay the foundation for an entire weekend of great golf.”
Wongthanvimok’s 2-under performance on Friday put her in an eight-way tie for ninth place and three strokes behind co-leaders Anna Morgan from Furman and Michelle Cox from Penn State. Junior Lilas Pinthier shot the Cats’ second lowest score of the day at even par, which put her into a tie for 26th.
Arizona ended Friday’s opener along in sixth at even par, sitting two strokes behind Duke and three strokes back of Illinois and Clemson. Michigan State leads the 18-team field after one round at 9-under par.
The Wildcats will be paired with the Fighting Illini and the Blue Devils for Saturday’s second round, teeing off at 6:15a.m. (MST) off of Country Club of Landfall’s first hole of its Dye Course.