UCLA in First After Round One at NCAA Regionals
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 2 seed UCLA women's golf team sits in first place (E, 288) with a two-stroke lead after round one of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championships at Seminole Legacy Golf Club on Monday.
Three Bruins – Emma Spitz, Caroline Canales and Emilie Paltrinieri – are positioned in the top 10 on the individual leader board. Both Spitz and Canales are tied for third at 2-under 70, one stroke behind leaders Beatrice Wallin from Florida State and Ashley Gilliam from Mississippi State. Paltrinieri is tied for seventh after an even par 72.
In second place is Florida State at 2-over 290. The Seminoles led the Bruins by five strokes at the last year's NCAA Louisville Regional Championships and went on to win the tournament, besting runner-up UCLA by three strokes.
Canales rode a flawless 3-under 33 on the back nine with a birdie on the par-4 12th and back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 en route to her 2-under 70 finish which was the best first round score by any freshman at the event.
Spitz also sunk back-to-back birdies on the par-5 11th and par-4 12th and went on to record one more on the par-5 14th before her day was done.
Paltrinieri was tied with teammates Spitz and Canales at 2-under through 17 thanks to four birdies on the back nine before dropping two strokes on a double bogey on the par-4 18th.
Zoe Antoinette Campos shot a 4-over 76 to situate herself tied for 34th. Alessia Nobilio is tied for 54th at 7-over 79.
UCLA tees off for round two tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. PT/8 a.m. ET.