GOLD CANYON, Ariz. – With an individual title win and a career-low round of 64 from graduate senior Gile Bite Starkute, Arizona Women’s Golf earned a second-place finish as a team in the one-day “Match in the Desert” on Monday. Starkute’s win marked the first of her collegiate career, besting a pair of third-place finishes. Shooting 14-under as a team, the Wildcats ended the 18-hole event three strokes behind team champion UCLA.
“Today was an ideal way to start off a new year with an individual title and some great scores posted by our entire team,” said head coach Laura Ianello. “Hats off to Gile for not only winning the individual championship but shooting an impressive 64 out there. Eight-under par and bogey free is about as flawless of a round as you can shoot, and it was great to see Gile keep it rolling all day. All our young ladies posted good scores throughout the round, and today will be great momentum for us moving forward.”
In addition to Starkute’s victory, the Wildcats got another highlight when sophomore Julia Misemer aced the 163-yard, 12th hole.
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Coach Ianello also got a pair of top-10 scores from junior Lilas Pinthier and freshman Charlotte Back at 3-under and 4-under respectively. Back’s Monday round of 68 was the lowest of her young career after shooting 71 in consecutive rounds to end the Landfall Tradition in October.
Monday’s event was an 18-round tune-up to start the calendar year. Arizona will return to action with the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, which is 72 holes played over three days February 4-6.