Bruins Head to Stanford for Pac-12 Championship
STANFORD, Calif. - The Bruins, along with 10 of their conference brethren head to the Stanford Golf Course this weekend for the Pac-12 Women's Golf Championships. The three-day, 54-hole tournament starts on Friday and runs through Sunday at the par-71, 6,269-yard layout.
The starting fivesome for the Bruins will be junior Simar Singh and sophomores Emilie Paltrinieri, Emma Spitz, Annabel Wilson and Yuki Yoshihara. Friday's tee times will have the Bruins starting at 9:30 a.m. off the 10th tee in the order of Singh, Paltrinieri, Wilson, Yoshihara and Spitz. Saturday and Sunday tee times will be based on team standings after the preceding round.
The Bruins are coming off their best full-field finish of the season, placing second at the Silverado Showdown (April 5-7, +4, 868). Having played in six tournaments this season, UCLA also finished second in The Match in the Desert (Jan. 24-25, +15, 591), tied for second at the Lamkin Invitational (Feb. 8-9, +40, 904), fifth at the Sun Devil Winter Classic (Feb. 15-17, +23, 887), sixth at the Bruin Wave Invitational (March 1-3, +75, 939) and 11th at the PING/ASU Invitational (March 26-287, +18, 862).
Spitz has been the top finisher for the Bruins in five of six events, with all of those being in the Top 4. She was second at the Sun Devil Winter Classic (-6, 210) thanks to three under-par rounds, including an opening, 3-under 69, which is a season low. Spitz tied for second at the Lamkin Invitational (-1, 215), shooting a pair of 2-under 70s, tied for third The Match in the Desert (E, 144) and the Silverado Showdown (-2, 214) and was solo fourth at the Bruin Wave Invitational (+7, 223). Spitz also tied for third at the Augusta National Women's Amateur. She holds a 72.4 scoring average, with nine of her 17 rounds being under par.
Yoshihara is coming off her best collegiate start at Silverado, tying for third with a 54-hole score of 2-under 214. She opened with a 2-under 70 and shot back-to-back, even-par 72s to finish the event. Yoshihara's first tournament of the season was a T-12 at the Bruin Wave (+16, 232), as she also tied for 64th at the PING/ASU (+13, 229).
Wilson is second on the team with three Top 10s, coming into Pac-12s on a hot streak with a T-2 showing at the PING/ASU (-4, 212) and a T-5 finish at Silverado (E, 216). She opened and closed the PING/ASU with 2-under 70s and wrapped up the Silverado Showdown with another 2-under 70. Wilson also tied for seventh at The Match (+4, 148), shooting another season-low, 2-under 70 and tied for 11th at the Sun Devil Classic (+3, 219). Her 74.5 scoring average is second on the team.
Paltrinieri, who like Spitz made the cut at the Augusta National Women's Amateur, had a pair of under-par rounds at the PING/ASU Invitational (+1, 217), shooting a 1-under 71 and a 2-under 70 before tying for 17th. Her season-best finish in a full-field event was a T-10 at the Lamkin Invitational (+9, 225), while she also tied for seventh at The Match (+4, 148), opening with a 2-under 70.
Singh recorded her best full-field showing at the Silverado Showdown (+11, 227), tying for 31st while playing as an individual. She ended the tournament with a 1-over 73 to tie a season low for a round. Singh was also 33rd at the Lamkin Invitational (+20, 236) and 48th at the Sun Devil Winter Classic (+20, 236), posting a 1-over 73 in the second round of the latter event.
The Bruins are seven-time winners of the Pac-12 Championships, going back-to-back in 2017 and 2018. UCLA also three-peated from 2004 through 2006 and went back-to-back in 1990 and 1991. The Bruins have had seven individual winners at Pac-12s (Patty Tavatanakit - 2018; Lilia Vu - 2017; Alison Lee - 2014; Tiffany Lua - 2011; Tiffany Joh - 2007; Charlotte Mayorkas - 2004; Lisa Kiggens - 1991).