The Bruins have won all eight regional titles under Hall of Fame coach Carrie Forsyth, who also guided the Bruins to their 53rd overall tournament crown in her 14-plus years as head coach. Saturday’s victory was also UCLA’s fourth in the central region.
On Saturday the Bruins posted their best team score of the tournament, a one-under par 287, and compiled a 54-hole team score of 875 (+11). They beat second-place Alabama (892, +28) by 17 shots. Mississippi State finished third at 893 (+29), followed by California at 894 (+30). Tied for fifth place at 899 (+35) were Ohio State and Kansas. Arizona finished seventh at 901 (+37), and Florida beat host Oklahoma State on the first playoff hole for the final qualifying spot at 902 (+38).
The top eight teams from each of the three regionals advanced Saturday to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club.
Freshman Alison Lee, the nation’s top-ranked collegian, led the Bruins by tying for fifth place at 217 (+1) following a final round score of 71 (-1). In the final round, she made three birdies and two bogeys. Junior Erynne Lee tied for 10th at 219 (+3) after recording four birdies and four bogeys in an even par round of 72. Sophomore Louise Ridderstrom tied for 13th at four-over par 220 after posting a 72 (E), and senior Ani Gulugian also carded an even par 72. Freshman Bronte Law tied for 24th at eight-over 224 following a final round score of 77 (+5).
Wad Phaewchimplee of Kent State won the individual crown after finishing three rounds in seven-under par 209. She posted a final round 71 (-1).
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