NCAA women's golf championships: Pac-12 teams make up four of top five after day 1
UCLA put forth a strong showing on Friday, finishing with a score of 286 (-2) after the first round, good enough for second place. The Bruins were consistent across the board - Bronte Law finished 1-under, Lilia Vu and Bethany Wu both shot 1-over, and Louise Ridderstrom ended the afternoon minus-3, which put her in an eight-way tie for third on the individual leaderboard.
The Huskies rode a strong performance on the front 9 to a 289 (+1) on the day and tied with USC for third overall. Ying Luo and Wenyung Keh were both even headed into the turn for Washington, but ended up finishing the day at +3 and +1, respectively. Julianna Alvarez helped carry her team on the back nine, however, birdieing four of the first five holes after the turn and wrapping up the day 1-under.
— UW Women's Golf (@UW_WGolf) May 21, 2016
Hot off their Pac-12 title, USC started off the NCAA Championships in the thick of things. Kyung Kim and Tiffany Chan both finished 1-under (and are in a tie for 19th on the individual board), Karen Chung shot a +1, Gabriella Then shot 3-over, and Robynn Ree rounded out the team with a +6, giving the Trojans a day one score of 289, putting them in a tie with UW for third.
The Wildcats faltered a bit on the back nine, but still finished a respectable +3 (291) and in fifth place. Freshman phenom Haley Moore dominated the field, finishing in a tie for first place after shooting 4-under, including birdieing the first three holes to open up the back nine.
17 year-old Haley Moore had a fantastic first round at her first NCAA Championships. Here's a look at her scorecard pic.twitter.com/935MfJEHp0
— Arizona Women's Golf (@UAWomensGolf) May 21, 2016
After starting the day strong, the Cardinal also struggled a bit on the back nine, dropping them into a tie for 12th at 7-over (295). Casey Danielson provided a spark and an incredible moment, however, when she made the only hole-in-one of the day on the 14th hole.
— Stanford WGolf (@StanfordWGolf) May 21, 2016
Despite a strong performance from Cathleen Santoso, the Ducks finished day one of NCAAs in a three-way tie for 15th. Santoso looked solid on her home course, recovering nicely after shooting +3 on the front nine. She went 3-under par on the back nine to break even for the day. In all, Oregon finished with a score of 297 (+9). There were also some advantages to playing so close to home.
— UO Women in Flight (@UOWomeninFlight) May 20, 2016