Coulter & Wilson with work to do as Zhang leads at Pac-12 Championships

John Craven

Beth Coulter (Photo by Harriet Lander//R&A via Getty Images)

Beth Coulter traded two birdies with three bogeys to sign for a one-over par 73 on the opening day of the Pac-12 Championships at Papago Golf Club on Monday.

The Arizona State freshman sits in a share of 24th spot and trails world number one Rose Zhang by six shots on the individual board. The Sun Devils sit sixth as a team.


“It was kind of a hard day to figure out,” said Head Coach Missy Farr-Kaye. “We didn’t play bad, there were just some breaks that didn’t go our way. A couple of close calls on puts and those will start to fall. It’s a three-day championship and I know what this team is capable of.

“I expect them to settle down now that they’ve played a round. It is hard for these freshman to know what to expect. Now that they’ve had a taste, I expect them to compete even harder and have fun out there tomorrow.”

UCLA’s Annabel Wilson carded a three-over par opening 75 on day one.

Wilson posted one birdie, two bogeys and a double in an effort that leaves the Lurgan talent tied-39th overnight at plus-three, the same score as teammates Caroline Canales and Alessia Nobilio.

Zoe Antoinette Campos top scored for the No. 24 UCLA women’s golf team with a one-under 71, leaving the Bruins in ninth place at 8-over par for the tournament.

In first place is No. 14 USC at 9-under. The Trojans shot a collective 14-under on the back nine.

At the top, Stanford’s Rose Zhang finds herself in a familiar setting after firing a 5-under 67 in her first round.

“I’m super thankful to be out here with my teammates – it’s postseason time,” Zhang said after carding five birdies and 13 pars in a blemish-free effort.

“I stayed patient out there. I had a couple of par putts that I made to help my momentum. With the winds picking up this afternoon, it was important to stay patient and keep hitting good shots, even if the results weren’t following. Tomorrow will be the same strategy – stay prepared, know the winds are going to be changing and predict the unpredictable.”

Meanwhile in the OVC Women’s Championship, Tramore’s Anna Dawson lies in seventh place ahead of the final day. Rounds of 77 and 78 leave the Little Rock student six shots back of the lead at 11-over par.

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