UCLA wins Pac-10/SEC Challenge by 11 shots
A two-hour weather delay Nov. 7 at the Pac-10/SEC Challenge proved to be just the thing UCLA needed on its way to a second consecutive victory to end the fall season. The Bruins emerged from the wait to increase their one-shot lead to an 11-shot margin of victory.
UCLA, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, began the week with rounds of 285-281 at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif., holding the lead after each round. During a rain-plagued final day, the Bruins posted a 2-over 290 to beat top-ranked Alabama by 11 shots.
UCLA also won the Landfall Tradition on Oct. 24.
Southern California (No. 2) finished third at Stanford (No. 37) with a 23-over 875, while Arizona (No. 10) completed the Pac-10 romping with a 25-over 877 for fourth-place honors. Auburn (No. 17) rounded out the top 5 at 27-over 879.
USC freshman Sophia Popov won individual medalist honors for the first time in her young career, edging UCLA junior Stephanie Kono by one shot. Popov closed the tournament with rounds of 68-67 for a 6-under 207 total.
Auburn senior Cydney Clanton was third at 4-under 209, while Georgia’s Marta Silva Zamora was fourth at 2-under 211.