May 11, 2007
The sixth-ranked UCLA women's golf team continued its hot play Friday, increasing its lead at the NCAA East Regional, hosted by LSU at the University Club in Baton Rouge.
Through 36 holes, the Bruins held a four-shot lead at 12-under par 564. The Bruins posted a team score of 283 (-5) and led Wake Forest, which was in second place at 568 (-8). Top-ranked Duke fired a seven-under par round of 281 and was third at 572 (-4). Furman was fourth at 574 (-2), followed by Purdue and Auburn at 575 (-1).
Playing the back nine first, the Bruins were three-over par as a team through 11 holes before sophomore Tiffany Joh kick-started a seven-hole surge with an eagle at her 12th hole. After Joh's eagle, the Bruins played the final seven holes in eight-under par, highlighted by five consecutive birdies from freshman Sydnee Michaels.
When the dust had cleared, the Bruins were perched atop the leaderboard looking down at the rest of the field. Joh and Michaels led the way with a pair of 68s. Michaels, who has put together two of her best collegiate rounds in this event, led the field at 134 (-10) following a round of 66 (-6) on Thursday. Joh, the newly crowned Pac-10 champion, was tied for fourth at 138 (-6).
Sophomore Ryann O'Toole rebounded from yesterday's three-over 75 with a cool 71 (-1) today and was tied for 40th at 146 (+2). O'Toole improved 19 spots on the leaderboard.
Senior Hannah Jun and junior Maiya Tanaka each posted scores of 76 (+4). One-over par through 12 holes, Tanaka triple-bogeyed the 13th and played her final four holes in even par. She was tied for 59th at four-over par 148 and Jun was tied for 62nd at 149 (+5).
Third round action continues on Saturday.
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