The Bruins, who have won three tournaments this season, are seeking their fifth PING/ASU title and first since 2012. The host Sun Devils, ranked sixth this week, have won their event a record 19 times.
The 15-team field features 10 teams ranked in GolfStat’s Top 25, including six ranked Pac-12 teams. The Bruins are the top-ranked conference team, followed by the Sun Devils, ninth-ranked Arizona, No. 10 Stanford, 11th-ranked Washington and No. 21 Oregon. California, Oregon State and Washington State are also representing the Pac-12. Competing from out of the region are No. 3 Duke, fifth-ranked Oklahoma, No. 8 South Carolina and 12th-ranked Vanderbilt.
UCLA will be playing without one of its best players in freshman Alison Lee, who will compete as an amateur at the LPGA’s first major tournament, the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Apr. 3-6. Head Coach Carrie Forsyth has announced the following lineup: senior Ani Gulugian, juniors Erynne Lee and Brittany Mai, sophomore Louise Ridderstrom and freshman Bronte Law.
Erynne Lee owns the best scoring average of this group at 71.7. She is three-under par through 23 rounds on the season and boasts 13 rounds under par. Law is next at 72.5 with seven rounds under par and a victory at the Pac-12 Preview in November. Ridderstrom’s scoring average is 73.3 with a career-best nine rounds under par. Mai will be making her first start as a member of the scoring fivesome.
The Karsten Golf Course will play to a par of 72 over 6,223 yards this weekend.
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