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Bruins Open Season at The Match in the Desert

Jan 23, 2021
Junior Simar Singh

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GOLD CANYON, Ariz. - The Bruins begin their 2020-2021 season with a two-day tournament, The Match in the Desert, at Superstition Mountain Golf Club. The event will be played Sunday and Monday, with UCLA joining Arizona, Arizona State and Denver in the four-team field.

The Bruins' fivesome will consist of juniors Simar Singh and Phoebe Yue and sophomores Emilie Paltrinieri, Emma Spitz and Annabel Wilson. UCLA tees off at 10:50 a.m. and 11 a.m. MT for Sunday's round.

This will be the second year in a row UCLA has played in this event, which was won by Arizona State by one stroke a year ago. In a one-day, 18-hole event, Spitz was one of four players under par, shooting a 1-under 71. Wilson shot a 1-over 73, Paltrinieri had a 2-over 74 and Yue posted a 3-over 75.

Singh played in two events last fall, tying for 43rd at the Stanford Intercollegiate and placing 55th at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate. She shot a 1-under 70 in the second round at Stanford.

Last year's event at Superstition Mountain was one of three Yue played in. She also tied for 41st at the Bruin Wave Invitational and tied for 47th at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, shooting a 1-under 70 in the final round.

The sophomore contingent is led by Spitz, who is on the Preseason ANNIKA Award Watch List. An ANNIKA Award finalist as a freshman, Spitz was a WGCA and Golfweek First Team All-American. She led the Bruins in scoring average at 71.4 and was the lone player to appear in all eight events and 22 rounds. Spitz recorded her first collegiate victory at the Bruin Wave Invitational, overcoming a six-shot deficit to share medalist honors. She had six Top 10s in her eight tournaments, 11 under-par rounds and six rounds in the 60s.

Paltrinieri, who during the summer reached the semifinals of match play at The Women's Amateur Championship, was a Third Team WGCA All-American and an Honorable Mention Golfweek All-American as a freshman. She posted a 72.4 scoring average, recording three Top 10s and five Top 20s in six events. Three of Paltrinieri's four under-par rounds were in the 60s.

Wilson recorded a 73.5 scoring average in seven events and 19 rounds as a freshman. She posted a pair of Top 10s and four under-par rounds. Wilson's best finish was at the Bruin Wave Invitational, where she was solo seventh.

The Bruins finished second in a pair of events last season, the Nanea Pac-12 Preview and the Bruin Wave Invitational, tied for second at the Tri-Match in the Desert vs. Arizona State and Denver and placed third at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.