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Melgrati Leads Cats’ Climb Up Leaderboards at PING/ASU Invitational

Melgrati Leads Cats' Climb Up Leaderboards at PING/ASU Invitational

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Behind a 3-under par round from junior Carolina Melgrati, No. 14 Arizona Women’s Golf climbed up four spots on the leaderboard during the second round of the PING/ASU Invitational. With a four-stroke improvement from their opening round, the Wildcats ended Friday in sixth place at 2-under. Melgrati and Gile Bite Starkute would both break par in the second round as Starkute’s round of 71 solidified her place in third on the individual leaderboards at 5-under.

“We were able to make some moves today, which was a positive takeaway for our team,” said head coach Laura Ianello. “Carolina and Gile set the tone for us by carding our lowest scores and putting themselves in the mix of the top players in the field. Our strong day has put us in a good position for team and individual titles tomorrow if we can come out with the same focus and resiliency that we showed today.”

Arizona leads the 17-team field in total birdies made through 36 holes, which included 12 on the back nine holes of Papago Golf Course on Friday.

The top six teams in the field will enter Saturday’s finale separated by a total of five strokes, which includes the four leading programs split up by just two strokes. Arizona also holds a one-stroke advantage over sixth-place California and a two-stroke edge over Denver and Arizona State.

Starkute is tied with UCLA’s Zoe Campos for third place after two rounds and will look to chase down Ellie Bushnell from Oklahoma State and Emma Bunch from New Mexico State who are the co-leaders at 7-under par.



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