NCAA women's golf championships: Seven Pac-12 teams in Top 10
Day 1 of the NCAA women's golf championships at the Tulsa Country Club saw some home cooking benefit Oklahoma, as the Sooners led the field after day one shooting a (+8, 288), three strokes better than UCLA (+11, 291) who finished the day in second place. Although they didn't take home the first round's best score, the Pac-12 was impressive as all seven remaining teams finished with top 10 rounds after day 1.
The No. 2 ranked Bruins finished the day at 291 (+11), good for second place in the 24 team field. Ani Gulugian shot the best first round for UCLA, notching a 71, good for -1 on the day. She sunk three birdies, but also bogeyed four times. UCLA led the seven remaining Pac-12 teams with their 291.
The No. 1 ranked Trojans were not able to stay atop of the rankings at the end of day 1, but are within striking distance after their 293 (+13) put them in a tie for third place with No. 3 Duke and No. 5 Arizona State. USC's best round on the day came from Doris Chen who shot a round-best 67, going -3 with four birdies and only a single bogey.
The No. 5 ranked Sun Devils got an impressive round from Noemi Jimenez who carded a 69 (-1) on the day. Jiminez, who started on the 10th hole, birdied three times on the back nine, but bogeyed twice on the front nine to keep from having the best first round score.
25th ranked California finished the day at 296 (+16), in sixth place. The Golden Bears' Nicola Roessler had the best round for California as she shot an even par 70, collecting two birdies but also dropping two bogeys.
11th ranked Arizona finished the day at 298 (+18), in seventh place. No player shot par or better for the Wildcats as the best score came from Lindsey Weaver, who shot a 72, going +2 on the day by sinking two birdies in her first round, but also knocking around four bogeys.
The No. 6 ranked ranked Huskies, like Arizona, failed to post a single score of par or better, but consistency was key as Washington stayed within range heading into day 2 as both Ying Luo and Charlotte Thomas both shot 74 (+4) on the day.
12th ranked Stanford finished the day at 300 (+20), in 10th place even with the lowest score of the day by an individual. The Cardinal's Lauren Kim (67) had four birdies and just one bogey and finished at -3 on the day. Kim tied Denver's Tonje Daffinrud, and USC's Doris Chen for the best rounds of the day.
NCAA women's golf championship action continues tomorrow with day 2 beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT at the Tulsa Country Club with all seven Pac-12 teams looking to move their way up the leaderboards.