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Golfers Grab Third at NCAA Championship in Tulsa
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/23/2014
TULSA, OK -- The second-seeded UCLA women’s golf team captured its seventh national podium finish in the last 15 years at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship in Tulsa, OK.

The Bruins posted their best team score of the tournament – a two-under par 278 – and placed third with a 72-hole total of 1,145 (+25).

“I’m proud of this team,” said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. “We played well today – too little, too late for us – but we fought and hung in there all week.”

Duke won its sixth NCAA crown in women’s golf with a four-round total of 10-over par 1,130 after recording a final round team score of 274 (-6). USC was second at 1,132 (+12) following a round of 270 (-10) on Friday. Oklahoma placed fourth at 1,147 (+27) and Arizona State was fifth at 1,150 (+30).

Sophomore Louise Ridderstrom led the UCLA lineup with a strong seventh place finish, posting an even par 70 in the final round. She recorded a 72-hole total of 828 (+2).

“I started off a little bit rough today,” said Ridderstrom, who played the outward nine in two-over par 37. “I felt like the conditions were a little bit easier. I was able to play better on the back nine.”

She responded with birdies at the 10th, 12th and 13th; only a bogey at the last kept her from going under par.

Freshman Alison Lee had the team’s best score, firing a three-under par 67 to finish in a tie for 38th at 10-over par 290. Like Ridderstrom, hers was a tale of two nines. She played the outward side in one-over 36, but blistered the homeward side in four-under 31 where she birdied the 10th and 18th, and made an eagle at the 16th.

Junior Erynne Lee posted a 73 (+1) and tied for 43rd at 291 (+11). A birdie at the ninth gave her a 34 on that side, but a triple bogey at the 14th and a bogey at the 16th gave her a 39 coming home.

Freshman Bronte Law and senior Ani Gulugian tied for 50th at 13-over par 293. In her final collegiate round, Gulugian posted an even par 70.

“I fought so hard today,” said Gulugian. “ I couldn’t have hit it any better, and I was making putts left and right all day.”

Law posted a score of 71 (+1) in her final round as a freshman.

“It was a pretty boring round. I didn’t make my first birdie until the 13th hole,” she said. “I played pretty solid; I just didn’t hole many putts.”

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