April 12, 2013
The sixth-ranked UCLA women's golf team took the first round lead at the ASU Invitational Friday in Tempe, AZ.
The Bruins posted a team score of nine-under par 279 and led second-ranked Duke (280, -8) by a stroke. Top-ranked USC lurked in third place at 283 (-5), followed by No. 3 Alabama at 284 (-4). Texas and UC Davis were tied for fifth at two-under 286.
Warm and calm conditions were the reason for the low opening round scores.
"It was a very impressive round by the team today," said Hall of Fame Coach Carrie Forsyth. "The conditions were great for scoring and it was exciting to see the team take advantage of the calm winds."
Three Bruins - junior Ani Gulugian, senior Tiffany Lua and sophomore Erynne Lee - were under par on Friday. Gulugian, who tied for first here last season, fired a four-under par 68 that included five birdies and a bogey. She was tied for third place.
Lua and Lee were tied for eighth place after posting scores of three-under 69. Lua signed for three birdies and 15 pars; Lee had five birdies and two bogeys.
Senior Lee Lopez boasted the most eventful round of the day for the Bruins. She was one-under par through three holes before making a double bogey and three bogeys in a four-hole stretch for a score of 41 (+4) on her inward nine. After another bogey at her 11th hole, she played her final seven holes in four-under par, including an eagle, for a 73 (+1) She was tied for 35th. (p> Freshman Louise Ridderstrom had a birdie and four bogeys for a first round score of 75 (+3). She was tied for 48th.
Duke's Leticia Beck and Washington's Jennifer Yang were tied for first place at 67 (-5).
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