May 21, 2008
Second-seeded UCLA managed to finish its second round on Wednesday at the 27th NCAA Women's Golf Championship, hosted by the University of New Mexico at its Championship Course.
Considering the windy conditions, the Bruins were lucky.
UCLA posted a team score of 295 (+7) for a 36-hole total of 584 (+8). That total was tied with USC for the lead before play was suspended for the day at 4:55 p.m. MT due to high winds. Alabama, which had not finished its first nine holes, was third at nine-over par, followed by Texas A&M and Denver at 11-over par. The Aggies had not finished their round; Denver was in at 587.
In all, half the field finished its second round on Wednesday. The other 12 will resume play at 7 a.m. MT on Thursday. Play was first stopped at 1:10 local time due to windy conditions and resumed again at 3:19 p.m.
"The winds were calm during the first nine," said UCLA Head Coach Carrie Forsyth, whose Bruins began the second round at 8 a.m. MT. "They were howling on the second nine. We were able to hang in there pretty well. I was proud of the way our players handled it."
UCLA and USC were the only teams among the Top 10 to finish the second round prior to the first suspension. Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Wake Forest had just teed off for the afternoon rounds and were barely past the third hole when play was called 70 minutes after noon. Alabama and five other teams had not yet teed off.
"When the wind is strong enough to effect putting on the greens, then it's time to stop," said Forsyth.
Individually, UCLA All-American Tiffany Joh carded a sterling score of 69 (-3) for a two-round total of 143 (-1). Starting on the 10th hole, Joh was five-under on her first nine, posting six birdies and a bogey for a score of 31. On her second nine with the wind roaring, she managed six pars, a bogey, a double-bogey and a birdie at the third (her 12th).
Tied with Joh at 143 (-1) was teammate Sydnee Michaels, whose 74 (+2) featured two birdies, two bogeys, a double-bogey and 13 pars. Michaels carded nines of 36-38.
Only two players in front of them had completed their rounds: USC's Belen Mozo at four-under par 140 and Arizona State's Azahara Munoz at three-under par 141. Mozo posted a one-under par 71 and Munoz managed an even par round of 72 on Wednesday. First round leader Nannette Hill of Wake Forest was at the sixth hole, three-over par for the round, when play was halted for the day. Hill was in third place, two-under par for the tournament.
UCLA freshmen Maria Jose Uribe and Glory Yang, tied for 23rd entering the second round, fell to the back of the pack. Yang gutted out a 75 (+3) and had a 36-hole total of 148 (+4), while Uribe, who had a pair of birdies in Tuesday's opening round, did not make one on Wednesday and carded a 77 (+5) for a two-day score of 150 (+6).
Junior Maiya Tanaka, a member of UCLA's student body two years ago, has played 36 holes without a birdie and had a two-day score of 154 (+10) after posting a 79 (+7) on Wednesday.
Teams that were called off the course on Wednesday will have a long day ahead of them. They must complete their second round on Thursday and wait to tee off again for the third round's shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. MT.
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