The UCLA women’s golf team claimed its first conference title since 2006 on Wednesday by blowing out the competition at Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz.
Led by sophomore Lilia Vu, who took medalist honors, the Bruins beat second-place Colorado by 21 strokes, finishing at 2-under 862. Vu became the first Bruin to ever win four consecutive tournaments and the fifth to win the conference championship as she finished with a three-round total of 7-under 209.
UCLA freshman Mariel Galdiano was the only other player to finish under par as she took second place at 1-under 215.
The UCLA women’s golf team lost in the national semifinals on Tuesday, ending its season with a 3-1-1 defeat to Washington.
The Bruins went into match play as the No. 1 seed, but lost a close match to the fourth-seeded Huskies when UW’s Sarah Rhee clinched the match in a playoff against UCLA’s Louise Ridderström.
UCLA junior Bronte Law was named PING WGCA Player of the Year Tuesday and won the Bruins’ only point of the match, edging UW’s Charlotte Thomas by one hole.
The UCLA softball team went undefeated at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional this past weekend to advance to the Super Regional. After a regional-championship-clinching victory over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday, the Bruins advanced to play Oregon in Eugene, Ore., in a three-game series that starts Saturday.
Other happenings around UCLA athletics
Here are some highlights for the UCLA sports teams from the past week:
- Women’s golf advanced to the NCAA final on Saturday, while Bronte Law tied for first place individually at the regional.
- Beach volleyball finished as the third team in the nation, losing to Florida State in the final of the consolation bracket at the NCAA championships on Sunday. USC took the inaugural beach volleyball national championship with a 3-1 win over the Seminoles.
- Softball dominated a rain-shortened series with Utah, winning Game 1 15-7 in five innings and winning Game 2 8-0 in six innings before Sunday’s finale was rained out. With a bye next week, the Bruins finish the regular season at 35-13-1 (16-5-1 Pac-12) and await their postseason destination, which will be announced May 15 in the NCAA Selection Show.
- Baseball shook off a Friday loss to UC Irvine to win a three-game series against the Anteaters. The Bruins won 4-1 on Saturday and 5-1 on Sunday to clinch the series. UCLA had a midweek game against Long Beach State on Tuesday and won 11-10.
The UCLA women’s golf team finished third in its NCAA regional on Saturday, securing a 16th straight NCAA championships berth. The Bruins were led by Bronte Law, who tied for first place with Georgia’s Bailey Tardy at 7-under 209.
UCLA (1-under 865) finished behind regional champion Georgia (6-under 858) and Arizona (even 864). Furman, Miami and Texas rounded out the top-six field that will advance to the NCAA championship.
Law’s title is her third individual victory of the season and sixth of her career, which is tied for Kay Cockerill for the most in school history. Law and Tardy’s score of 209 tied the course record at Traditions Golf Club for 54 holes.
The NCAA championships take place May 20-25 in Eugene, Ore., at Eugene Country Club.