Bruins Drop, Then Rise at Palos Verdes
Feb. 12, 2013
Fortunes for the UCLA women's golf team fell, then rose as the second round unfolded at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge Tuesday at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.
In a tale of two nines, the Bruins played the outward nine in 14-over par -- nine-over after a drop score -- then composed themselves and played the inward nine in two under par. The final total showed the Bruins with a 36-hole score of 579 (+11), just one stroke behind top-ranked USC (578, +10). The Bruins were seven-over par on the day, a total that represented an inspirational rallying point.
Senior Tiffany Lua led the back nine charge. She was tied for fifth place with teammate Erynne Lee at 144 (+2). Both players posted one-over par scores of 72. Lua played her inward nine in two-under after going out in three-over. Lee was one-over on the back side, despite three birdies.
After playing her first nine in four-over par, senior Lee Lopez regrouped and carded a 34 (-2) coming in and stood in a tie for 10th at 146 (+4). Junior Ani Gulugian was five-over par on the day heading into her second nine, but sandwiched three birdies around a bogey for a two-under par back nine of 34. She was tied for 14th at five-over 147. Freshman Louise Ridderstrom, one-over par on the day through 14 holes, bogeyed three of the last four for a 75 (+4) and was tied for 10th at 146 (+4).
Duke's Alejandra Congrego continued to lead the field, posting her second straight score of 70 (-1) for a total of 140 (-2).
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