Feb. 22, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. -
The Stanford women's golf team battled windy and rainy conditions today to fire a first round score of 293 (+9) at the Wildcat Invitational being held at the Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.
The Cardinal are in second place after round one, three strokes off the pace set by top-ranked Arizona State (290). Arizona is in third place one stroke behind Stanford at 294 followed by Pepperdine (295) and Duke (296).
Stanford's 293 team score today was its third best round of the season.
The tournament, which features six of the top-10 teams in the nation, has been shortened from 54-holes to 36, as poor weather conditions wiped out today's scheduled second round. The tournament will conclude with an 18-hole shotgun start tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. MT.
Stanford freshmen Sally Watson and Kristina Wong are both in title contention for the individual title. Watson braved brutal conditions this morning to card an even par-71 and is tied for fourth place with Arizona State's Carlota Ciganda.
Both players trail first round leader Taylore Karle of Pepperdine, who shot an three-under par score of 68. Duke's Alison Whitaker is one off the pace after a two-under 69 while Oklahoma State's Caroline Hedwell is in third place after a one-under round of 70.
Watson, who won her first collegiate event her last time out at the Peg Barnard Invitational, birdies birdied the par-3, 175-yard 13th hole and bogied the par-4, 16th hole for her even par score of 71 today.
Wong turned in a steady round of 72 (+1) today, with only two bogies on her card to go along with one birdie. She is tied for sixth place heading into tomorrow's final 18 holes.
Junior Rebecca Durham finished with a three-over 73 and is tied for 13th place.
Senior Angela King is tied for 33rd after shooting a 76 today, while sophomore Lila Barton is tied for 47th after an opening round 78.
Sophomore Sydney Burlison
, playing as an individual, is tied for 22nd after an opening round 75.