Golfers Retain Double-Digit Lead at NCAA Regional

May 8, 2009

The second-ranked UCLA women's golf team retained its double-digit lead through 36 holes at the NCAA Central Regional, hosted at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, OH.

The Bruins posted a team score of 290 (+2) on Friday for a two-day total of 574 (-2) in cool and cloudy conditions. They held a 10-stroke lead over Purdue, which posted a score of 289 (+1) for a 36-hole total of 584 (+8). Oklahoma State was third at 589 (+13), followed by Wake Forest at 593 (+17) and Michigan State at 595 (+19). In sixth place was New Mexico at 597 (+21), followed by Ohio State at 599 (+23) and eighth place UT Chattanooga at 602 (+26).

The top eight teams following Saturday's round advance to the NCAA Championship in Maryland, May 19-22.

Sophomore Maria Jose Uribe and freshman Stephanie Kono remained atop the leader board through Friday's round at five-under par 139, each posting two-under par scores of 70.

Uribe was one-over par through eight holes before a birdie at her ninth brought her to even par on her outward nine. She was still at even par through 14 holes before posting birdies at her 15th and 17th holes for a 34 on her inward nine.

Kono carded a two-over par 38 on her first nine, then birdied four holes on her inward nine for a 32.

Junior Sydnee Michaels fell seven spots after posting a 77 (+5). She was tied for 10th place at 147 (+3).

Sophomore Glory Yang moved up six spots with a 75 (+3). She was tied for 24th at 151 (+7).

Senior Tiffany Joh was tied for 44th at 153 (+9) after improving 14 spots with a score of 75 (+3).

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