Golfers Finish Second at NCAA Championship

May 23, 2008

A long, cold, wet and windy day ended in runner-up finishes for the UCLA women's golf team Friday at the 27th NCAA Championship, hosted by the University of New Mexico at its Championship Course in Albuquerque.

First, the Bruins were bridesmaids to USC for the team title then junior Tiffany Joh lost in a playoff for the individual crown.

The Bruins began the final round three strokes behind the Trojans, and played a courageous round of four-over par in miserable conditions. USC won its second national championship in five years by posting a fine one-over par score of 289 for a 72-hole total of 1,168 (+16). The Bruins finished six strokes back at 1,174 (+22). Three-time defending champion Duke made a surprising climb up the leaderboard to capture third at 1,180 (+28) and posted the day's best score, 281 (-7). Purdue was fourth at 1,188 (+36) and Arizona State took fifth at 1,189 (+37).

The turning point for Joh came at the 17th hole, which she bogeyed to drop into a tie for the individual lead with Arizona State's Azahara Munoz at one-under par for the championship. Both players made par at the 18th and remained tied at one-under 287 after 72 holes. At the first playoff hole, Joh left a putt to tie Munoz short.

Sophomore Sydnee Michaels tied for eighth at 292 (+4) following a final round score of 74 (+2). Freshman Glory Yang tied for 15th place at 295 (+7) following a fine round of even par 72. Freshman Maria Jose Uribe posted a 74 (+2) and tied for 41st at 301 (+13) and junior Maiya Tanaka tied for 75th at 308 (+20) following a final round score of 78 (+6).

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EVENT INFORMATION
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Friday, Apr 01
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
1st (-2, 286)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
Story
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
2nd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 08
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
1st (-12, 852)
Monday, Apr 18
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Tuesday, Apr 19
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Wednesday, Apr 20
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
2nd (-15, 849)
Thursday, May 05
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Friday, May 06
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Saturday, May 07
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
3rd (+1, 865)
Friday, May 20
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Saturday, May 21
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Sunday, May 22
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Monday, May 23
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
1st (-8, 1,144)
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Oregon
Eugene, OR
Won 4-0-1
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Washington
Eugene, OR
Lost 3-1-1
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS