At one point during the day, the Bruins, who began on the first hole, were more than a dozen shots behind the leaders. As they turned inward toward the clubhouse after the 10th hole, the Bruins shaved 12 shots off their front nine scores and found themselves three strokes off the lead at the end of the day.
“It was definitely a tough day out there today, said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "I was really proud of our team because we were more over par than [our score]. We made some birdies on the back nine and that was great, but it's just a battle when it’s blowing this hard. They did a great job today and stayed calm. They were poised, but it is going to be bunched up. This is a championship and everybody is pretty good.”
UCLA posted a team score of 291 (+11) and trailed only Oklahoma (288, +8). Lurking behind them in a tie for third were top-ranked and defending NCAA champion USC, No. 3 Duke and fifth-ranked Arizona State at 13-over par 293. Cal (296, +16), Arizona (298, +18) and Washington (299, +19) held spots six through eight.
The bottom half of the Bruins’ lineup carried the day on Tuesday. Senior Ani Gulugian led the lineup with a solid one-over par 71, a round in which she made three bogeys and three birdies on the front nine and played the inward nine in one-over to find herself in a tie for 11th. Sophomore Louise Ridderstrom played the outward nine in two-over par, steadied herself and then came in at even par for a 72 (+2) and was tied for 13th. Freshman Bronte Law posted a round of 74 (+4) that included six bogeys, three birdies and a double bogey. She was tied for 28th. On the outward side, freshman Alison Lee could not make a birdie, and was five-over. She rallied to play the inward nine in one-under par for a 74 (+4) and was tied with Law in 28th place. Junior Erynne Lee had the drop score of 76 (+6), but managed to hold it together on the back nine, playing her inward side in even par. She was tied for 54th.
Tied at 67 (-3) for the first round lead were USC’s Doris Chen, Denver’s Tonje Tiffinrud and Stanford’s Lauren Kim.
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