UCLA: Ani Gulugian

UCLA's chances of defending its national title in women's golf took a turn for the worse when the top-ranked Bruins stumbled to an 18-over 306 Thursday in the third round of the NCAA championships and dropped into ninth place with one round to go.

UCLA, which began the day in second place, has a three-day total of 24-over 888 and trails leader Alabama by 11 shots heading into the final round. USC is two shots back with Purdue, South Carolina and Virgina tied for third at 883.

Ani Gulugian and Erynee Lee shot four-over 76 to pace the Bruins Thursday. Brianna Do and Lee Lopez each shot 77. Do is the top UCLA player in the individual race with a three-day total of four-over 220. She is tied for 17th place, eight strokes behind leaders Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma and Giulia Molinaro of Arizona State.

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UCLA wins NCAA women's golf title

May, 21, 2011
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UCLA survived a final-round charge by defending champion Purdue and won the NCAA women's golf title by four shots over the Boilermakers Saturday at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.

It is the third national title for the Bruins, who entered the final round seven strokes ahead of Purdue and fell behind at one point late in the final round, but got a clutch birdie on the final hole by Stephanie Kono and final-hole pars from Ani Gulugian, Lee Lopez and Tiffany Lua to clinch the title.

That gave UCLA a final-round score of seven-over 295 and a four-round total of 21-over 1173, enough to hold off Purdue, which shot 292 in the final round. Purdue's Thea Hoffmeister was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard, but even if her score had counted, UCLA would have won the title by two strokes.

"This was huge for us," UCLA coach Carrie Forsyth said in a release through the school. "I'm just really proud. We had some struggles on the front nine and we just kept telling ourselves that our rounds were kind of the same. We just made more birdies in the other rounds and we weren't making any birdies. Then things started to go when Stephanie got it back to one-over. Then Lee got one and we just started making some birdies and it just sort of turned the tide a little bit. But it was still really close."

Gulugian's 72 was the top score for the Bruins on Saturday, meaning the Bruins had a different top scorer in each of the four rounds. That depth was crucial to winning the title.

Lua, who began the day leading the individual race, shot 75 Saturday and ended up tied for fourth at one-under for the tournament and six shots behind individual champion Austin Ernst of Louisiana State.

"The back nine for me was a little bit of a blur," Lua said. "But I can say this for everyone, all we try to do is play one shot at a time and try to hit fairways and greens. We just fought for every shot out there."

Kono had four birdies on the back nine Saturday to help offset a triple-bogey eight on the eighth and she shot 74 in the final round. Lopez also shot 74 to complete the counting scores for UCLA. Glory Yang shot 76 which didn't count Saturday, but her first-round 70 and second-round 75 were crucial to the title.

The Bruins last won the women's golf title in 2004 and also won it in 1991. This also ensures that UCLA will not go without an NCAA title this year. The last time that happened was 1994. UCLA has won an NCAA record 107 team championships.

Lua's ace helps Bruins keep NCAA lead

May, 20, 2011
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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.

Women's golf wins NCAA regional

May, 7, 2011
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UCLA's women's golf team shot a four-player total of 10-over-par 298 Saturday at Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame in Indiana and won the NCAA central regional championship by four shots over Louisiana State.

Bruins' junior Stephanie Kono shot four-under 68 in the final round, the best individual round of the tournament, and tied Louisiana State's Megan McChrystal for the individual title with a three-day score of two-over 218 Freshman Ani Gulugian, the individual leader after the first round, stumbled to a 78 Saturday and finished in a tie for eighth.

Lee Lopez shot 75 and Glory Yang shot 78 to round out UCLA's scoring on Saturday as the Bruins won their fifth tournament in 10 appearances this year.

UCLA, ranked No. 2 in the nation, advances to the NCAA finals May 18-21 at Tradition's Club in Bryan, Texas.

Women's golf extends NCAA regional lead

May, 6, 2011
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The UCLA women's golf team extended it's lead at the NCAA central regional to six shots after shooting a four-player total of 13-over 301 Friday at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.

Bruins freshman Ani Gulugian shot two-over 74 to pace the Bruins and she is one shot behind Emily Tubert of Arkansas in the individual race with a two-day total of one-over 145. Glory Yang shot 75 and Tiffany Lua and Stephanie Kono each shot 76 to round out UCLA, which led by four shots after the first round.

Minnesota shot 297 Friday, the best team score of the second round, and moved into a second place tie with Louisiana State, which shot 303.

The top eight teams after Saturday's final round will advance to the NCAA championships May 18-21 at Tradition's Club in Bryan, Tex. UCLA is 20 shots clear of ninth-place Chattanooga.

Women's golf leads NCAA regional

May, 5, 2011
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UCLA's women's golf team shot a four-player total of three-over par 291 Thursday and has a four-shot lead after the first round of the NCAA central regional at the Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.

UCLA, ranked No. 2 in the nation, is four ahead of No. 8 Louisiana State and seven ahead of No. 26 Notre Dame. Bruins freshman Ani Gulugian shot one-under 71 and is tied with Notre Dame freshman Nicole Zhang atop the individual leaderboard.

UCLA sophomore Lee Lopez shot 72 and is tied for third in the individual race. Stephanie Kono and Glory Yang each shot 74 to round out the scoring for the Bruins.

The top eight teams after the third round on Saturday will advance to the NCAA championships May 18-21 at Tradition's Club in Bryan, Tex.

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