TUCSON, Ariz. – Bad weather delayed the start of the second round of the Pac-12 Championships as Arizona Women’s Golf held three separate warm-ups before starting late in the afternoon. The Wildcat duo of Gile Bite Starkute and Caroline Melgrati carded even rounds to move Arizona to eighth place at age 21 for the tournament before play was suspended due to obscurity.
“I was very proud of how we overcame adversity to post much better scores in the rain today,” the head coach said. Laura Ianello. “Our team has shown a lot of maturity and patience throughout several delays, which will stand us in good stead as we look to continue our ascent in the final round tomorrow.”
Arizona’s second round ended with four Wildcats still having holes to play. The Cats’ second-round score of 4 over par, while battling the pouring rain, was a 17-stroke improvement from their first round on Monday. The team birdied 12 times that day, including seven on the back nine before moving to the front nine.
Starkute wasted no time carding his low round, which included three birdies in a four-hole streak of his front nine. Melgrati birdied back-to-back on the fourth and fifth holes as his round ended with two holes to play. The freshman left the course in seventh place at 1 on par.
Starkute shaved seven strokes off its first round and was the only Wildcat to complete its 18 holes on Tuesday. She joined the first year Lilac Pinthier tied for 35and place at 7-over for the tournament.
The Wildcats will resume their second round before heading into their final round on Wednesday. They will start the final day five strokes behind Oregon State in seventh and a dozen strokes behind UCLA in sixth.