May 20, 2009

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - UCLA sophomore Maria Jose Uribe fired a 6-under par 66 and helped lead UCLA to a tournament-best 5-over par 293 as the Bruins opened up a seven-stroke lead on the field of 24 teams after the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, being played at Caves Valley Golf Course. The tournament, being played on the par-72, 6,443-yard course, will continue on Thursday, May 21 with the third round leaders teeing off at noon. The 72-hole tournament concludes on Friday, May 22.

UCLA, ranked No. 2 in the country in the latest Golfweek rankings, entered Wednesday's second round in second place, two strokes behind No. 13 Denver. Paced by Uribe's round of 66, the best in the field of 126 golfers, the Bruins moved past the Pioneers and into first place with a 36-hole score of 13-over par 589. No. 3 Southern California posted a 7-over par 295 and stands in second place, seven strokes off the pace at 20-over par 596. Denver is in third place at 22-over par 598.

No. 1-ranked Arizona State shot a 10-over par 298 in the second round and is tied for fourth place with Oklahoma State and North Carolina at 24-over par 600. Wake Forest stands in seventh place at 27-over par 603, while LSU is eighth at 30-over par 606, and Virginia, Alabama and Purdue are all tied for ninth place at 31-over par 607.

The story of the day, however, was the play of Uribe, who fired a 5-under par 31 on the back nine and jumped into the individual lead with a score of 3-under par 141. A day after only two players in the field shot under-par, Uribe posted five birdies and an eagle on the par-5, 454-yard 17th hole. Only a bogey on her last hole of the day - the par-4, 385-yard ninth hole, kept her posting an outstanding 8-under par 64.

"I was really confident and started to hit the ball really good," Uribe said. "I was just hitting the fairways ...it was really good to only miss two of them. It was easier to approach the shots form the fairway and hit it really good and make putts. I feel really confident going into tomorrow's round."

Wake Forest senior Nanette Hill, Denver junior Stephanie Sherlock and Pepperdine freshman Lisa McCloskey are tied for second place at 1-under par 143. Southern California freshman Jennifer Song is in fifth place at 1-over par 146, while Purdue senior Maria Hernandez, Oklahoma State senior Pernilla Lindberg and Central Florida senior Stephanie Connelly, a native of nearby Pasadena, Md., are tied for sixth place at 2-over par 146.

Team Scores - Par 576
1. UCLA (296-293=589, +13); 2. Southern California (301-295=596, +20); 3. Denver (294-304=598, +22); T4. Arizona State (302-298=600, +24); T4. Oklahoma State (303-297=600, +24); T4. North Carolina (299-301=600, +24); 7. Wake Forest (303-300=603, +27); 8. LSU (302-304=606, +30); T9. Virginia (305-302=607, +31); T9. Alabama (305-302=607, +31); T9. Purdue (306-301=607, +31); 12. Duke (308-301=609, +33); T13. Pepperdine (312-298=610, +34); T13. Michigan State (307-303=610, +34); 15. Arizona (310-305=615, +39); 16. Tulane (312-305=617, +41); 17. Tennessee (307-313=620, +44); T18. Chattanooga (316-307=623, +47); T18. Georgia (316-307=623, +47); T20. New Mexico (311-314=625, +49); T20. Texas (314-311=625, +49); 22. TCU (314-316=630, +54); 23. Ohio State (323-311=634, +58); 24. UC Irvine (320-316=636, +60).

Top 10 Individuals - Par 144
1. Maria Jose Uribe, UCLA (75-66=141, -3); T2. Nanette Hill, Wake Forest (72-71=143, -1); T2. Stephanie Sherlock, Denver (70-73=143, -1); T2. Lisa McCloskey, Pepperdine (74-69=143, -1); 5. Jennifer Song, Southern California (72-73=145, +1); T6. Maria Hernandez, Purdue (74-72=146, +2); T6. Pernilla Lindberg, Oklahoma State (74-72=146, +2); T6. Stephanie Connelly, Central Florida* (72-74=146, +2); T9. Dawn Shockley, Denver (77-70=147, +3); T9. Ginny Brown, Tennessee (72-75=147, +3); T9. Sydney Crane, North Carolina (75-72=147, +3); T9. Catherine O'Donnell, North Carolina (70-77=147, +3); T9. Marta Silva, Georgia (75-72=147, +3). * competing as an individual