There’s an old saying that a bad day of golf is better than a good day of work. Well, yesterday was both for the UCLA women’s golf team in the second round of the NCAA Regionals in East Lansing, Michigan.
After finishing seventh in the first round, the Bruins moved up to third place after yesterday’s second round. For the day, UCLA shot a 3-under 285 which improved the team’s overall score to a 5-over 581. That means, barring an epic collapse in today’s third round, the Bruins should be advancing to the NCAA Championships which start on Friday, May 17.
That’s because UCLA is ahead of the two teams tied for fifth by eleven strokes coming into today’s round. It also means that the Bruins seven shots behind second place Arizona and eight behind first place Kent State.
As if that’s not enough good news, Patty Tavatanakit took over first place individually yesterday as well. She shot a 6-under 66 yesterday and she is now 7-under 137 after the first two rounds. She is four strokes ahead of Michigan State’s Haylin Harris heading into today’s final round.
Meanwhile, Bethany Wu and Clare Legaspi are now tied for 13th place. Wu shot a 3-over 75 yesterday while Legaspi shot a 2-under 70 as the pair switched scores from Monday’s first round. They both now sit at a 1-over 145.
Mariel Galdano also had a much better day yesterday. After finishing on Monday with an 8-over 80, she shot a 2-over 74 yesterday. That allowed her to climb from 81st on the leaderboard to 63rd.
Since just the top four players contribute to the team score, it didn’t really matter that the fifth Bruin, Phoebe Yu, shot an 8-over 80 a gay after she shot a 10-over 82. She remains tied for 88th place.
UCLA was due to tee off this morning just after 7 am PT, assuming the weather allows it. Yesterday, play was delayed almost seven hours due to bad weather. You can follow along with Golfstat.
This is your UCLA women’s golf NCAA Regional Round Three open thread.
Go Bruins!! Bring home 118!!