Bruins Split at Match Play Championship

Nov. 3, 2008

The top-ranked UCLA women's golf team split a pair of matches Monday at the Collegiate Match Play Championship, hosted by the National Golf Coaches Assn. at the Ginn Resort in Orlando, Fla.

In their first round match, the Bruins fell victim to a tiebreaker and lost to eighth-seeded Michigan State. The Bruins and Spartans tied 2-2-1, but Michigan State prevailed because its players had won six points to UCLA's five in the overall matches.

UCLA rebounded nicely in its second round match, defeating arch-rival and second ranked USC, 4-1.

The Bruins will face Auburn, a 3-2 winner against Virginia, in the third round.

In Monday's opening match, the Bruins got victories from senior Tiffany Joh (2&1) and freshman Brianna Do (3&2) to account for their five points. Junior Sydnee Michaels lost 4&3 and sophomore Maria Jose Uribe fell 2-up, giving the Spartans six points. Freshman Stephanie Kono halved her match.

In the afternoon match, UCLA beat USC soundly in three of the five matches. Joh won 6&5 against Caroline Kim, Do won 4&3 against Victoria Alimonda and Kono won 2&1 against Lizette Salas. Uribe won 1-up against Jennifer Song after making a par on the final hole. In-Ah Park accounted for USC's only victory, beating UCLA senior Maiya Tanaka 5&3.

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