BRYAN, Texas – UCLA expanded its lead in the Women’s Division I Golf Championship on Friday, taking a six-shot advantage of second-place Purdue before third-round play was halted due to darkness.
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The final group of three teams (leaders UCLA, Purdue and LSU) were stopped between holes 14 and 17. They’ll finish their third round on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET before playing their final round in the afternoon.
UCLA sophomore Tiffany Lua carded a hole-in-one for the Bruins on the 155-yard, par 3, 11th hole on the way to a 3-under Friday score through 14 holes. Lua took the lead in the individual standings as well. She sits at 5-under for the tournament, three shots clear of second-place Marta Silva Zamora of Georgia and LSU’s Austin Ernst. Ernst is also through 14 holes in her third round.
Lua said she didn’t actually see the ball go in the hole.
“I just got up there with my 7-iron and hit it,” she said. “I didn’t see it go in. Our mental coach saw it and I saw him jumping up and down.”
UCLA held a solid lead for most of the day, but faltered slightly after the weather delay, even losing the lead to Purdue for a short time.
Bruin coach Carrie Forsyth likes the position her team is in, even if there was a little bit of trepidation once the weather cooperated.
“I think the lead got away from us because we were making some really silly mistakes,” Forsyth said. “But we had a momentum shift, then Tiffany had her hole-in-one and we made some birdies and a nice string of pars.”
Forsyth said she was pleased that play was stopped when it was.
“We didn’t want to be playing in the dark,” she said. “Now we get to come out and we get to play 17 and 18. Probably the nicest pin on the whole course today was on 18. We just have to go play and you can’t worry about results at the end of the day. You just have to take care of your game and make some good decisions, because we made some bad ones today.”
For Purdue, the late part of the afternoon and early evening turned out to be a landmine of bogeys and double bogeys. Still, coach Devon Brouse says his team is up to the challenge.
“There’s a lot of golf left and we have a good team and hopefully they’ll come out ready to play tomorrow,” he said.
Friday featured a little bit of everything at Traditions Club. The tournament was put under a weather delay at 4:30 p.m. ET after lightning was detected in the area. Play was resumed at about 6:20 p.m. ET and halted for darkness just after 9 p.m. ET.
Lua’s hole-in-one was one of three carded on Friday. Coastal Carolina’s Courtney Boe, the reigning Big South Freshman of the Year, also aced the 11th with a seven-iron during the morning wave.
“I hit it perfect,” Boe said. “It just took a bounce and rolled right and went in.”
Boe said she knew the shot was good. She just didn’t know just how good.
“It bounced and I saw it disappear, but then I heard all the people around the green cheering so I knew it went in.”
Virginia’s Brittany Altomare also scored a one. Her’s was on the the 143-yard par-3 16th. It was her second career hole-in-one in competition and was part of an even-par 72 which left her at even-par for the tournament.