Bruins Contending after Day 1 at NCAA Golf

May 20, 2008

The second-seeded UCLA women's golf team finished the opening day of the 27th NCAA Women's Golf Championship in a tie for second place at the University of New Mexico's Championship Course.

The Bruins, who were tied with Auburn, posted a team score of 289 (+1) and trailed rival USC, which led by five shots at 284 (-4). Arizona State was fourth at 290 (+2), followed by the University of Denver and Wake Forest in a tie for fifth at 293 (+5).

Individually for UCLA, sophomore Sydney Michaels fired a three-under par 69 (-3) and was in a tie for second place with three other players. Michaels did not make a bogey on Tuesday, playing the outward nine in one-under par 35 and the inward nine in two-under 34. She trailed Wake Forest's Nannette Hill by two shots. Hills's five-under 67 set a new course record.

Freshmen Maria Jose Uribe and Glory Yang were tied for 23rd at one-over 73. Two-under through 12 holes, Uribe stumbled home with three bogeys on her last six holes. Yang flirted with par her entire round with birdies at the third and 13th and three bogeys.

All-American Tiffany Joh could not gather any momentum. She made two bogeys and 16 pars for a 74 (+2) and was tied for 44th. Junior Maiya Tanaka suffered the same fate: no birdies, three bogeys and 15 pars for a three-over par 75. She was tied for 53rd.

Second round action continues on Wednesday. The Bruins will tee off at 7 a.m. PDT from the 10th hole. The championship format is 72 holes of stroke play and concludes on Friday.

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