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No. 15 UCLA to Close Out Regular Season at Chambers Bay Invitational

Apr 9, 2022
Ty Akabane (photo by Beth Hall).

LOS ANGELES – The No. 15 UCLA women's golf team closes its regular season at the Chambers Bay Invitational hosted on the Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash. The two-day, 54-hole stroke play event begins with two rounds on Monday, April 11 and closes with 18 holes on Tuesday, April 12.
 
Live scoring is available at this link. The par-72 course has a yardage of 6,046. The weather forecasts for Monday and Tuesday on the links call for continuous showers with high temperatures in the low 50s and and high 40s.
 
The Bruins' starting five is composed of junior Emma Spitz, freshmen Alessia Nobilio and Caroline Canales, sophomore Ty Akabane and junior Emilie Paltrinieri.
 
Spitz, the No. 14-ranked collegiate golfer in the country, is coming off her third appearance at the third annual Augusta National Women's Amateur in Augusta, Ga., earlier this week. Spitz was one stroke behind the leader heading into day three before finishing tied for 12th at 5-over 221. In NCAA-affiliated tournaments this season, Spitz leads UCLA with a 71.8 scoring average over her 20 rounds of golf, finishing under par in a team-high three tournaments.
 
Spitz is the only Bruin to have all of their rounds count towards UCLA's overall score (20/20). She has notched a team-high nine under-par rounds and has placed in the top 20 in all but one of the eight tournaments she has competed in. Spitz has recorded all three of her top-10 finishes, including two runner-up performances, over UCLA's last four competitions.
 
Nobilio is the only other Bruin to have notched a runner-up finish this season coming at the Blessings Collegiate Invitational in early October. Nobilio leads UCLA in scoring average in counting rounds (72.2). The Italian rookie began her career by registering two of her three top-five finishes this season at the Molly Collegiate Invitational (T-5th; 3-over 219) and The Blessings Collegiate Invitational (T-2nd, even par 216). Her most recent came at The Gold Rush in Seal Beach, Calif., on March 1 where she recorded a 5-over 221 to tie for fifth.
 
Canales is one of two UCLA freshmen to have appeared in the Bruin lineup in each of the last five team competitions. Prior to the PING/ASU Invitational on March 25-27, Canales strung together all three of her top-20 finishes in back-to-back-to-back tournaments. Canales joined Nobilio with a career-best T-5th (5-over 221) performance at the event.
 
Canales and Nobilio have each led the Bruins in three competitions this season. Only Spitz has led UCLA in more events with four team-best finishes.
 
Akabane ranks second on the squad in counting round percentage with 17 of her 18 rounds contributing to UCLA's team score (94.4%).
 
Before the Silverado Showdown on April 4-6, Paltrinieri notched her first top-10 finish of the season at the PING/ASU Invitational with a 3-under 213. It was Paltrinieri's first tournament recording multiple under-par scores, and had she not competed individually, her T-10th performance would have been second best in the Bruin lineup.
 
The Field
Joining UCLA in the 18-team field are course host Seattle University, BYU, Boise State, Colorado State, Denver, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon, Idaho, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Pepperdine, Sacramento State, San Francisco, SMU, Washington and Wyoming.
 
Washington's Camille Boyd is the only other golfer besides Spitz in the top 50 of the individual rankings at No. 42. Nobilio is ranked No. 57 and Akabane at No. 81.