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Arizona women’s golf in middle of pack after first round of NCAA Championships

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Arizona women’s golf is squarely in the middle of the pack after the first round of the NCAA Championships.

The Wildcats shot a team score of 4-over par Friday at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, putting them in a tie for 13th with two other schools. Wake Forest leads the 30-team field after the first day with a 9-under par.

Arizona was led Friday by freshman Nena Wongthanavimok with a score of 3-under par of 69. Wongthanavimok is tied for seventh among individual golfers.

“I tried to be very patient,” Wongthanavimok said. “I know the course is pretty challenging, so I tried to stick to my plan. I just tried to do what Coach Ianello said, which was be patient and give 100 percent effort.”

Gile Bite Starkute and Carolina Malgrati each shot 1-over par, while Julia Misemer rounded out scoring with a 5-over par.

Arizona tees off the second round Saturday at 11:52 a.m. PT.