May 21, 2013
The fifth-ranked UCLA women's golf team was tied for fifth place after the first round of competition Tuesday at the NCAA Championship in Athens, GA.
The Bruins posted a team score of 289 (+1) and trailed the leaders by five shots. Head Coach Carrie Forsyth was pleased with her team's overall performance.
"We had a poor start, but kept it together," said Forsyth prior to the end of the day's competition. "I think there are some low numbers out there, so I'm not sure where we'll be at the end of the day. Hopefully, we'll be in the top five."
San Jose State and USC were tied for the lead at 284 (-4), followed by Duke at 286 (-2). Alabama was fourth at 288 (E) and Purdue was tied for fifth with the Bruins.
Individually, sophomore All-American Erynne Lee was tied for sixth place after posting a 71 (-1). Lee made four birdies and three bogeys in her round.
"I was pretty satisfied overall," Lee said. "I started off shaky with two over after four but I brought it back together. I had back-to-back birdies and then after that I just started feeling more comfortable with my game. The course was tougher than the preview, the greens were a little bit rougher, but today it was rolling really pure and it felt good to be on it."
Freshman Louise Ridderstrom was tied for 20th following her round of 72 (E). She made nine straight pars after recording two birdies and two bogeys on her front nine.
"I think I played more and more solid as the round went on," said Ridderstrom. "I hit 16 greens so I am pretty excited about getting that start and for the rest of the week."
Seniors Tiffany Lua and Lee Lopez were tied for 33rd following rounds of 73 (+1). Both players recorded three birdies and four bogeys during their rounds. Junior Ani Gulugian carded a 77 (+5) and was tied for 89th.
San Jose State's Regan De Guzman was the first round leader after firing a 67 (-5).
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