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Bruins Finish Second, Spitz T-3 at The Match in the Desert

Jan 25, 2021
Sophomore Emma Spitz tied for third at the season-opening event.

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GOLD CANYON, Ariz. - Sophomore Emma Spitz was the top Bruin finisher at The Match in the Desert at the Superstition Mountain Golf Club, tying for third, as UCLA placed second in the three-team field.

The Bruins shot a 308 (+20) in the final round to finish at 15-over 591, 14 shots back of first-place Arizona State (+1, 577).

Spitz shot a 2-over 74 on Monday to post a score of even-par 144 over the two rounds. She made a two on the par-3 4th and a birdie for the second day in a row on the par-5 14th, adding four bogeys.

Sophomores Emilie Paltrinieri and Annabel Wilson shot matching 6-over 78s to finish in a tie for seventh (+4, 148). Wilson posted two birdies on the par-5 2nd and the par-3 8th to go with six bogeys and a double. Paltrinieri made a two on the par-3 11th for her lone birdie, adding five bogeys and a double.

Juniors Simar Singh and Phoebe Yue tied for 12th (+8, 152). Singh shot a 6-over 78 in the final round, making birdie on the par-5 2nd and the par-4 18th to go with six bogeys and a double. Yue recorded a 7-over 79, notching a birdie on the par-4 9th, six bogeys and a double.

The Bruins' next tournament takes them to The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. for the Lamkin Invitational. The tournament will be played on Monday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 9.