Golfers Climb into Second Place after Day Two at NCAAs

May 23, 2007

The eighth-ranked UCLA women's golf team climbed into second place following the second round Wednesday at the NCAA Championship, hosted by Central Florida at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Bruins posted a round of 291 (+3), helped in part by an early tee time and diminished winds. They trailed Duke by seven shots at 594 (+18). The Blue Devils fired the day's best score -- 287 (-1) -- and led the field at 587 (+11). Purdue was third at 597 (+21), followed by fourth place Stanford at 599 (+6). First-round leader USC fell to fifth place after posting a score of 306 (+18) for a 36-hole total of 601 (+25).

Sophomore All-American Tiffany Joh continued her fine play, firing a solid two-under par 70 for a 36-hole total of 143 (-1). She was tied for second with three other players. Joh played her front nine in two-under 34, but a bogey at her 13th hole curbed her momentum slightly. She birdied the par 5 eighth hole (her 17th) for an inward 36 (E).

The rest of the Bruins managed to hover around par. Sophomore Ryann O'Toole avenged Monday's six-over par round with a cool 71 (-1). She was two-under after 15 holes, but a bogey at the seventh (her 16th) gave her a one-under par round. She was tied for 14th at five-over par 149, a jump of 58 spots.

Senior Hannah Jun signed for a 74 (+2) and was also tied for 14th at 149 (+5). Freshman Sydnee Michaels carded a 76 (+4) and was tied for 48th at nine-over 153. Junior Maiya Tanaka was tied for 87th at 158 (+14) after posting a score of 79 (+7).

Purdue's Christel Boeijon held the 36-hole lead at three-under 141 after firing a 69 (-3) in the second round.

Third round action continues on Thursday. The Bruins are scheduled to tee off at 1:20 p.m. EDT. The NCAA Championship is a 72-hole tournament.

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