April 21, 2008
Top-ranked UCLA took the first round lead Wednesday at the 22nd Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes, Calif.
The Bruins posted a team score of 284 (E) over the tricky par 71, 6,060-yard layout. They lead No. 3 USC by a stroke after 18 holes. Arizona State was a distant third at 12-over par 296, followed by Oregon at 298 (+14) in fourth place. Tied for fifth were Arizona and Cal at 301 (+17) with Stanford in seventh place at 302 (+18). Washington was eighth at 310 (+26), followed by Washington State (313, +29) and Oregon State (317, +33).
Individually for the Bruins, junior Tiffany Joh and sophomore Sydnee Michaels were tied for first place at two-under par 69. Three-under par through 13 holes, Michaels double-bogeyed the 14th to drop to one-under. She answered with a birdie at the par 3 15th and made four straight pars coming in. On the day, she recorded five birdies.
Joh was cruising along at three-under par before losing a stroke with a bogey at the 14th. She made five consecutive pars to end her round.
Three strokes behind in a tie for seventh was freshman Glory Yang, who also recorded five birdies, but posted a 72 (+1). Fellow freshman Maria Jose Uribe was tied for 13th at 74 (+3) and junior Maiya Tanaka was tied for 18th at four-over par 75.
The Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship is a 54-hole competition over three days. Second round action continues on Tuesday.
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