May 20, 2011
College Station, TX -
The No. 2 ranked UCLA women's golf team extended their lead to six strokes on Friday as round three of the NCAA Championship was suspended due to darkness. Play will resume tomorrow at 5:30 a.m. PT and the Bruins will start their final round at approximately 12:00 p.m. PT.
The Bruins were through 14 and 17 holes when play was suspended and currently sit with an overall score of +13. This gives them a six stroke lead over second place Purdue who has a score of +19. Purdue was also still out on the course when the play was called. LSU and Virginia are currently sitting in a tie for third place with a score of +26. Like UCLA and Purdue, the Tigers were still out on the course when the darkness hit while Virginia had finished their round by posting a 299 (+11). Host school Texas A&M rounded out the top five with a total of 891 (+27) after they posted a third round score of 302 (+14). The entire field had to sit out for approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes due to a weather delay.
"Well we got off to a great start today," Head Coach Carrie Forsyth said, "but after a 2 hour weather delay we came out a little shaky. We had a few bogies but it was so exciting when Tiffany Lua made a hole in one on #11. It really turned the momentum around for us. We have a few more holes to play in the early morning and then will be back out in the afternoon to finish up. We are feeling really good right now, and very glad that today is over."
Individually, sophomore Tiffany Lua has the third round lead through 14 holes. As Coach Forsyth said above, Lua recorded a hole-in-one on the 11th hole which helped sparked the Bruins turnaround.
"The yardage was about 155," Lua says. "I planned with Alicia (Assistant Coach Alicia Um-Holmes) to play it about 145 yards due to the downwind. I used my seven iron and it took two hops and rolled in. It was super exciting!"
When asked about the team's performance, Lua added, "Our team has been trying our best to be patient and focus on things that we can control. We're excited for tomorrow."
Lua is currently -5 for the tournament and is shooting -3 for her round.
As for the rest of the Bruins, sophomore Lee Lopez is shooting even par for her round through 16 holes and has a score of +7 for the tournament, which puts her in a tie for 31st at the moment. Senior Glory Yang is through 15 holes and is shooting +7 for her round. She is shooting +8 for the tournament and is currently tied for 35th place. Junior Stephanie Kono is +8 for her round through 15 holes and has a score of +10 for the tournament, putting her tied for 48th. Finally, freshman Ani Gulugian is through 17 holes and is shooting +1 for her round. She is currently sitting in a tie for 81st at +16.
For scores from round three and information on tomorrow's final round, click here.