May 18, 2010
After the opening round of the 29th NCAA Women's Golf Championship Tuesday at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, NC, the top-ranked UCLA women's golf team was tied for third place, six shots behind the leaders.
Five of the top eight ranked teams in the nation were within seven shots of the lead after 18 holes. The Bruins were tied with fifth-ranked Arizona State and No. 2 Duke at even par 288. Fourth-ranked USC took the early lead at six-under par 282, followed by eighth-ranked Purdue at 284 (-4). Alabama and Florida State were tied for sixth at 289 (+1).
UCLA sophomore Brianna Do fired a career-best score of 68 (-4) and was tied for fourth place, one shot off the lead. Do made seven birdies on the day, including three on her last seven holes. Junior Glory Yang was tied for 14th place after posting a score of 71 (-1). Yang birdied three of her final four holes. Senior Sydnee Michaels was tied for 30th following a round of 73 (+1). Sophomore Stephanie Kono and freshman Tiffany Lua were tied for 72nd place after each carded scores of 76 (+4). Kono was five-over par after four holes before steadying her game and playing the rest of the round in one-under par, including a birdie on the final hole.
Jennifer Johnson of Arizona State, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc of Purdue and Jennifer Song of USC were tied for the lead after signing for scores of 67 (-5) on Tuesday.
The NCAA Women's Golf Championship is a 72-hole event and continues on Wednesday. UCLA will tee off at 8:55 a.m. EDT.
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