May 10, 2007
The sixth-ranked UCLA women's golf team raced to a three-shot lead on Thursday after the first round of the NCAA East Regional, hosted by LSU at the University Club.
The second-seeded Bruins posted a team score of 281 (-7) and led the 27-team field by three strokes. Wake Forest and Furman were tied for second at 284 (-4), followed by Purdue at 285 (-3) and Louisville at 286 (-2). Top-ranked Duke was tied for 10th at 291 (+3), and third-seeded Auburn was 14th at 293 (+5).
Individually for the Bruins, freshman Sydnee Michaels posted her best score of the season, firing a 66 (-6) to tie for first place with three other players. Michaels was even par after three holes before making birdies on four of her final six holes on the outward nine. She bogeyed the 10th, but made three more birdies for an inward 34. She was tied with Wake Forest's Nannette Hill and Louisville's Adrienne White.
The rest of the Bruins managed to hover around par. Sophomore Tiffany Joh played the front nine in even par and the back nine in two-under for a 70. She was tied for 13th. Junior Maiya Tanaka carded a courageous round of even par 72 -- her best career collegiate score -- and was tied for 25th. Senior Hannah Jun posted a 73 (+1) and was tied for 34th. Sophomore Ryann O'Toole signed for a 75 (+3) and was tied for 59th.
Second round action continues on Friday.
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