May 22, 2013
The fifth-ranked UCLA women's golf team moved into fourth place after the second round of competition Wednesday at the NCAA Championship in Athens, GA.
The Bruins posted a team score of 287 (-1) and were at even par 276 after 36 holes on the University of Georgia course. Although UCLA trailed the leader by 16 shots, Hall of Fame Coach Carrie Forsyth was optimistic.
"We started off really well today," said Forsyth. "We were playing incredible golf on the first nine, but we gave a lot of shots back on the back nine. Overall, I can't be unhappy with an under-par round. There is a pretty big gap between the leading team and us right now. But if you play well and putt well on this golf course, you can shoot low numbers. I think we are in a good position. We need to post a couple of really good team rounds. You never know what can happen in an event like this."
At one point on the outward nine, the Bruins were climbing the leader board at three-under par and had risen to third place. But a string of bogeys pulled them back until sophomore All-American Erynne Lee birdied the 18th hole after a rain delay to give UCLA an under par team score.
USC raced out to a 12-shot lead after posting round of 276 (-12) on Wednesday for a 36-hole total of 560 (-16). Alabama was second at 572 (-4), followed by Duke at 575 (-1). Purdue and Stanford were tied for fifth at 578 (+2).
Individually for the Bruins, Lee continued her consistent play, firing a 70 (-2) for a two-round sum of 141 (-3). She was tied for sixth place. Lee began her round with four birdies on her first six holes.
"I started off pretty hot today," said Lee. "I was 4-under after only a few holes, but I lost a little bit of rhythm and got out of tempo. I did bring it back together, but it was a long day, especially with that rain delay. It was a test of patience because I was on the 18th tee and I only had one hole to finish. The course also played tougher today. The greens were faster compared to yesterday when we played in the morning."
Senior Lee Lopez posted the Bruins' low round of the day, a sterling 69 (-3), and was tied for 10th at 142 (-2). She was even par on the front nine with two birdies and two bogeys, but made five birdies and two bogeys on the back side.
"I played pretty well today," Lopez said. "I had good drives and approach shots, and I capitalized on my good shots. The course is in really good shape today. The greens are firmer than they've been the past couple days, so the course is playing shorter. You have to know where you want to land it on your approach shots and be very precise. You get rewarded when you do that."
Freshman Louise Ridderstrom was tied for 28th at 146 (+2) after a round of 74 (+2) and senior Tiffany Lua was tied for 38th at 147 (+3) following her round of 74 (+2). Tied for 80th place was junior Ani Gulugian at 151 (+7) after a round of 74 (+2).
Alabama's Stephanie Meadow was the 36-hole leader at 136 (-6) after firing a 67 (-5) on Wednesday.
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