NCAA women's golf championships: Pac-12 teams make up four of top five after day 1

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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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 

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