May 23, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – Fountain Valley High graduate Lilia Vu shot a bogey-free, 5-under-par 67 to help the UCLA women’s golf team win the stroke-play portion of the NCAA Championships on Monday, closing the four-day event with an 8-under-par total (1,144) to earn the top seed for match play, which gets underway Tuesday morning at Eugene Country Club.
UCLA, which shot a 6-under 282 on Monday, finished stroke play three shots better than Stanford and six strokes ahead of third-place USC. The other five teams advancing to the final eight were Washington, Virginia, Duke, South Carolina and Oregon.
The Bruins face eighth-seeded host Oregon, starting at 7:50 a.m. off the first tee. The winner will face fourth-seeded Washington or fifth-seeded Virginia in a semifinal Tuesday at approximately 2:20 p.m.
Duke freshman Virginia Elena Carta won the NCAA individual title Monday for her first college victory, closing with a 3-under 69 and an eight-shot victory. Carta, a 19-year-old from Italy, broke the NCAA record by finishing at 16-under 272.
USC’s Doris Chen set the old mark with a 274 in 2014 at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club. Carta, who led by six shots going into the final round of stroke play, won by eight over Demi Weber of Miami (71) and Haley Moore of Arizona (68).
Three Bruins finished inside the Top 11. Vu tied for sixth (5-under 283), Bronte Law placed ninth (4-under 284) and Louise Ridderström tied for 11th (1-under 287). Bethany Wu tied for 27th (2-over 290), while Hadas Libman tied for 79th (21-over 309).
Vu made birdies on the fifth, seventh and eighth holes on the front, then after seven pars to start her second nine, closed with back-to-back birdies to match her season-best round.
Wu was also under par on Monday with a 1-under 71. She recorded six birdies on the first, seventh, eighth, 10th, 12th and 16th to go with two bogeys and a triple. Law and Ridderström were each even par (72) in their final round.
USC junior Tiffany Chan carded a 2-under 70 to finish 10th in stroke play at 2-under 286. The third-seeded Trojans, seeking their fourth NCAA title, will meet sixth-place Duke in the quarterfinals. The USC-Duke winner meets No. 2 seed Stanford or seventh-seeded South Carolina in a semifinal later in the day.
Chan finished 10th at 2-under 286 (71-71-74-70) after a five-birdie final round, including a string of four straight birdies between the sixth and ninth holes. Junior Karen Chung tied for 27th at 2-over 290 (73-69-74-74), senior Kyung Kim tied for 36th at 4-over 292 (71-70-77-74), junior Gabriella Then finished tied for 46th at 5-over 293 (74-76-71-72) and freshman Robynn Ree tied for 59th at 8-over 296 (78-70-72-76).