Natty Bound! UCLA Finishes T-2nd at Regionals; Advances to NCAA Championships
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 2 seed UCLA women's golf team tied for second (+13, 877) with No. 1 seed South Carolina at the NCAA Tallahassee Regional Championships at Seminole Legacy Golf Club on Wednesday. The Bruins' finish within the top four of the 12-team field advances them to the NCAA Championships at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.
This marks head coach Carrie Forsyth's four consecutive top-3 finish at NCAA Regionals and her 18th total at the helm of the program. The last time the Bruins placed second at NCAA Regionals was in the 2017-18 season. They went on to tie for first for the NCAA Championships Stroke Play title that year.
UCLA finished 17 strokes back of tournament champion and course host Florida State.
Junior Emma Spitz, who was one of just four golfers to finish under par, tied for third at 2-under 214 (70-70-74) for her second top-3 finish at an NCAA Regional in her career. Spitz ended the tournament four strokes back of medalist Beatrice Wallin (-6, 210) from Florida State who shot a 4-under 68 on the final day.
Joining Spitz in the top 10 is freshman Caroline Canales who shot a 2-over 218 (70-73-75) to tie for sixth. Canales was one of three freshmen to place in the top six (South Carolina's Hannah Darling and Louise Rydqvist).
Canales recorded three birdies on the par-5 fourth, par-4 seventh and par-5 11th on day three.
Junior Emilie Paltrinieri recorded her third straight top-20 finish and sixth total of the season as she tied for 16th at NCAA Regionals. She fell 13 spots on the leader board from day two after shooting a 7-over 79 on day three.
Freshman Alessia Nobilio matched Spitz for the best finish by a Bruin in the third round with a 2-over 74. Nobilio sunk three birdies on the front nine and one on the par-5 14th to end the tournament tied for 40th at 15-over 231.
UCLA will compete at the NCAA Championships hosted by Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., from May 20-25.