WILMINGTON, N.C. – Behind a 3-under par performance in the final round of the Landfall Tradition by junior Carolina Melgrati, Arizona wrapped up its final fall tournament of the season with a fourth-place finish with a team score of 9-under. Melgrati’s round of 69 in Sunday’s finale solidified her place in a tie for 15th place for the event at 3-under par.
“Our scoring was a little up and down on the front nine today as we weren’t able to capitalize on the momentum of our tremendous second round,” said head coach Laura Ianello. “We posted more consistent scores on the back nine, but it was a little too late for us to keep up with the rest of the field. Today’s final round will be a great learning experience for us moving forward. There are a lot of positives for us to take away from the entire weekend, and I believe we will be a better team in the spring because of everything we faced.”
Melgrati’s top-15 showing at UNC Wilimington’s event was her best of the young season and the 17th time in her career she has finished in the top 20 of the individual leaderboards. The round of 69 also tied for the fourth lowest round of her collegiate career. She matched graduate senior Gile Bite Starkute for the team’s best par-5 scoring average as the Wildcats finished in fourth out of 18 teams in that statistical category.
Starkute gave the Cats a second top-20 performance at the Landfall Tradition, finishing just one stroke behind Melgrati in a tie for 19th place.
Arizona has completed its fourth and final tournament of the fall, and its fourth-place finish in North Carolina was the best team finish of the fall. The Wildcats will return to action with the third annual Match in the Desert in Gold Canyon, Arizona on January 22.