May 24, 2012
Franklin, Tenn. - The No. 1 ranked UCLA women's golf team finished the third round of the NCAA Championship in a tie for ninth place, but still find themselves in contention heading into the final round tomorrow.
The Bruins shot a third round 306 (+18) to give them an overall score of 888 (+24). They are sitting 11 strokes back of leaders Alabama, who shot a third round 306 (+18) to give them a total of 877 (+13) for the tournament. USC is in second place with a score of 879 (+15) while Purdue, South Carolina and Virginia are all tied for third at 883 (+19). LSU (884, +20), North Carolina (885, +21) and Arizona State (887, +23) are fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Despite the 11 stroke deficit, the Bruins are still very much in contention for the NCAA crown.
"Today was pretty tough," Head Coach Carrie Forsyth said. "The conditions on the back nine made scoring difficult. We did a lot of good things today, and although we are disappointed that we didn't make up ground on the leader, we are still within distance. We are one good round away from accomplishing our goal and are going into tomorrow with a positive attitude and calm confidence."
Individually, senior Brianna Do finds herself tied for 17th place heading into the final round after shooting a third round 77 (+5) to give her a total of 220 (+4). Freshman Erynne Lee and sophomore Ani Gulugian each had the low round of the day for the Bruins as both shot a 76 (+4). Lee is tied for 23rd at 221 (+5) while Gulugian is tied for 82nd with a score of 230 (+14). Junior Tiffany Lua is also tied for 82nd at 230 (+14) after posting an 82 (+10) for her third round while junior Lee Lopez is tied for 34th with a score of 223 (+7) after she shot a third round 77 (+5).
Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma and Giulia Molinaro of Arizona State were tied for the individual lead after three rounds with an overall score of 212 (-4).
The Bruins will tee off tomorrow beginning on the 10th tee at 10:59 am PT. Fans at home can follow live scoring and watch a live webcast of holes 9 and 18 at ncaa.com.
For complete results from the third round of the NCAA Championship, click here.