May 12, 2007
UCLA golfer Sydnee Michaels set a school record in leading the Bruins to a runner-up finish Saturday in the NCAA East Regional, hosted by LSU at the University Club in Baton Rouge.
Michaels won her first collegiate tournament by firing three rounds in the 60s and setting a UCLA 54-hole scoring record at 13-under par 203. Michaels' scores of 66-68-69 held off teammate Tiffany Joh and Duke's Amanda Blumenherst, who tied for second place at 206 (-10). Blumenherst posted a final round 63 (-9) to lead the Blue Devils to an 18-under par round of 272 and the East Regional title.
UCLA's second-place finish represents its seventh consecutive Top 5 regional finish, and the Bruins earned a berth to the NCAA Championship, May 22-25, for the seventh straight season.
As a team, the Bruins posted a final round score of 282 (-6) to finish at 846 (-18), two strokes behind Duke. Wake Forest finished third at 858 (-8), followed by Auburn at 861 (-4). Purdue and North Carolina tied for fifth at 862 (-2), followed by seventh place Alabama at 868 (+4). At press time, it was not known whether eighth place Louisville would finish ahead of Virginia, which was still on the course. The top eight teams qualify for the NCAA Championship.
Joh, a sophomore, tied for second place after posting a final round 68 (-4). At press time with several players still on the course, sophomore Ryann O'Toole was tied for 35th at two-over par 218 following a final round 72 (E). Senior Hannah Jun was tied for 58th place at 222 (+6) after posting a score of 73 (+1) on Saturday. Junior Maiya Tanaka posted a 78 (+6) and compiled a three-round total of 226 (+10).
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