UCLA, Spitz Champions at Chambers Bay
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – The No. 15 UCLA women's golf team closed its regular season on a high note, securing its first win of the season with an 18-stroke lead at the Chambers Bay Invitational on Tuesday. The Bruins blitzed the course with a 6-under 282 in round two that enabled them to surge into first place with a nine-stroke lead heading into the final round.
UCLA battled strong winds, hail and snow in the final round on the way to securing its first tournament title since the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Ranch Golf Club in Fall 2018.
Junior Emma Spitz led a trio of top-10 individual finishes by the Bruins with her first victory of the season and third of her career. Spitz finished the tournament at 1-under 215 after shooting a 5-over 77 in round three, two strokes ahead of teammate Emilie Paltrinieri and Washington's Camille Boyd who were runner-ups.
Spitz's other two career wins came at the NCAA Louisville Regional last season and the Bruin Wave Invitational in the 2019-20 campaign.
Spitz is now averaging a team-best 71.8 strokes per round and leads the Bruins with 11 under-par rounds and four under-par tournament finishes this season. Three of Spitz's four top-10 placings have come in her last three competitions.
.@EmmaSpitz earns the third win of her career at Chambers Bay! 👊🥇
— UCLA Women's Golf (@UCLAWomensGolf) April 12, 2022
Paltrinieri's second-place finish was the best of her career and first time cracking the top five since her freshman season when she placed third at the Bruin Wave Invitational in Feb. 2019. Paltrinieri shot a 1-over 73 in her final round at Chambers Bay. She opened the day holing birdies on three of the first four holes.
Freshman Caroline Canales notched her third top-10 finish of the season, tying for eighth with a 6-over 222 through her 54 holes. Sophomore Ty Akabane made her way into the top-20 on day three with her 4-over 76 performance. Akabane was 11-over 227 to par to tie for 17th.
Freshman Alessia Nobilio was 17-over 233 on the tournament and tied for 34th. Zoe Antoinette Campos, who competed individually, tied for 27th at 15-over 231.
The Bruins begin postseason competition at the Pac-12 Championships hosted by Oregon at the Eugene Country Club, beginning next Monday, April 18. Round two is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, and round three for April 20. Rain is in the forecast for all three days.