Friday, May 20, 2011
Lua's ace helps Bruins keep NCAA lead
By Peter Yoon
UCLA sophomore Tiffany Lua made a hole in one and helped the Bruins remain in the lead when a lightning-delayed third round of the NCAA women's golf championships was eventually postponed because of darkness Friday at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan Tex.
UCLA, ranked No. 2 in the nation, has a six-shot lead over No. 4 Purdue and is 13 ahead of No. 5 Virginia an dNo. 7 Louisiana State, though Virginia is the only one of the leaders to have completed the third round. UCLA, Purdue and Louisiana State still have players on holes 15, 16, 17 and 18.
The third round was delayed for nearly two hours when a storm passed near by, but it didn't seem to affect Lua, who had four birdies and the ace to go along with two bogies and was three under through 14 holes in the third round.
Lua is at five-under for the tournament and has a three-shot lead over Marta Silva Zamora of Georgia, who is the leader in the clubhouse at two under, and Austin Ernst of Louisiana State, who also has four holes remaining in the third round. No UCLA player has won the women's NCAA individual title.
The players will complete the third round Saturday morning and then play the fourth and final round.
Bruins freshman Ani Gulugian appears to have rebounded disappointing 78-81 start in the first two rounds and was one over in the third round with one hole to play. Sophomore Lee Lopez was even through 16 holes in the third round, senior Glory Yang was seven over through 15 holes and Stephanie Kono, who took a nine on the par-four 6th hole, was eight over through 15 when play was called.
UCLA last won the NCAA title in 2004 and won its only other national championship in 1991.