Hogs One Stroke Off First at Carmel Cup

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The No. 27th ranked Arkansas women’s golf team had another solid round in round two of the Carmel Cup played at Pebble Beach Golf Links, logging a 6-under 354 in the six-count-five format. With a 13-under 707 (353-354) through 36 holes, Arkansas continues to be one stroke behind No. 1 Stanford (352-354=706). For the second round in a row, all five scores counting toward the round’s total were at par or under, as the Hogs are seven strokes ahead third-place No. 4 Texas A&M.

Fifth-year Kajal Mistry made some moves up the leaderboard, logging a 3-under 69 on Saturday. Freshman Maria José Marin is in striking distance of the lead at 7-under 137, sitting in a tie for second, three strokes behind the top spot.

Mistry’s 69 was the veteran’s ninth career round in the 60s and paced the Hogs in the second round. She flew through the first nine holes with four birdies, including on back-to-back holes on one and two, but had quite a wild back nine with two bogeys and one double bogey. Mistry was able to finish the round strong with two birdies and two pars to finish with a 69. After two rounds, Mistry sits in eighth at 4-under 140 (71-69).

José Marin was steady in round two with a 2-under 70. The freshman started the day with four pars and back-to-back birdies on holes five and six. She finished the day with five birdies, including on holes 15 and 17 to round up under par for the second time in as many rounds played in collegiate golf. Now tied for second with a 7-under 140 (67-70), José Marin is three strokes behind Stanford’s Megha Ganne, who is 10-under par, for the lead.

Ela Anacona bounced back in round two with a 1-under 71 for her first round under par this season. Anacona was two-over through the front nine but had an incredible showing in the back nine with seven pars, a birdie at hole 14 and an eagle at the 18th hole. With her sixth career eagle, Anacona is now No. 3 all-time in career eagles at Arkansas. Jumping up nine spots on the leaderboard, Anacona is in a tie for 31st with a 5-over 149 (78-71).

Déjà vu from Friday, Julia Gregg and Reagan Zibilski each finished the round with an even par 72. Gregg logged five birdies, while Zibilski had three birdies and 12 pars to sit even on the day. The two are tied for 14th with an even 144 (72-72) through 36 holes.

Miriam Ayora finished the second round with a 2-over 74. The senior was even through the first seven holes, but logged back-to-back bogeys to go into the back nine at 2-over par. She tallied birdies on holes 15 and 17, but a bogey at 18 put her 2-over par. Through two rounds, Ayora is tied for 19th with a 1-over 145 (71-74).

Tomorrow’s last round of play will be scored on Golf Genius.


2 – Maria José Marin – 67-70=137 (-7)
8 – Kajal Mistry – 71-69=140 (-4)
T14 – Julia Gregg – 72-72=144 (E)
T14 – Reagan Zibilski – 72-72=140 (E)
T19 – Miriam Ayora – 71-74=145 (+1)
T31 – Ela Anacona – 78-71=149 (+5)


1 – No. 1 Stanford – 352-354=706 (-14)
2 – No. 27 Arkansas – 353-354=707 (-13)
3 – No. 4 Texas A&M – 364-350=714 (-6)
4 – No. 12 Mississippi State – 364-358=722 (+2)
5 – No. 19 Vanderbilt – 364-368=732 (+12)
6 – No. 32 Oklahoma State – 370-363=733 (+13)
7 – No. 26 Texas Tech – 371-364=735 (+15)
8 – Oklahoma – 387-370=757 (+37)


The Hogs will close out the Carmel Cup tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 3 in the morning. Following tomorrow’s round, Arkansas will return home to host the Blessings Collegiate Invitational from Monday, Oct. 2 to Wednesday, Oct. 4.


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