Women’s golf begins championship mission at NCAA Las Vegas Regional

LAS VEGAS – Arizona Women’s Golf No. 16 will stay out West for NCAA Regionals for the third time in four years when it tees off at the NCAA Las Vegas Regional on Monday, May 6. Arizona, the No. 3 seed at the regional, will look to punch its ticket to the NCAA Championships by finishing in the top five of the standings after 54 holes at Spanish Trail Country Club. The Wildcats will look to continue their winning ways in 2024, which saw them capture the team and individual titles at the Gators Invitational.

“We have played great golf all season to prepare for the NCAA Regionals,” the head coach said Laura Ianello. “This team has shown its depth this year with a number of individual titles and Pac-12 award winners, on top of a lot of NCAA experience. However, this team is not satisfied with what they have accomplished thus far. They are driven and focused on us goal to play our best golf when it counts.”

The Wildcat lineup for the week in Las Vegas is in place Gile Bite Starkute, Carolina Melgrati, Julia Misemer, Nena Wongthanavimok And Charlotte Back. The duo of Starkute and Melgrati earned spots on the All-Pac-12 Team, while Wongthanavimok earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention. Wongthanavimok earned her first collegiate victory at the Gators Invitational, while Starkute won the 18-hole Match in the Desert in record-breaking fashion with an 8-under round of 64.

Starkute finished in the lowest round in program history at the Match in the Desert in January, which Back matched in the second round of the Pac-12 Championships in Pullman, Washington. Back, a freshman from Germany, fired her round of 64 on the same day as USC’s Catherine Park to post the lowest round in the history of the Pac-12 Championships.

Arizona won the NCAA Raleigh Regional a year ago to claim the sixth NCAA Regional championship in program history. Julia Mismer finished second in Raleigh for the best finish by a Wildcat at NCAA Regionals since Alison Walshe won the 2008 UC Davis Regional.

The five teams with the lowest scores after three days in Las Vegas will advance to the NCAA Championships later this month at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California.