When UCLA’s Tiffany Lua withdrew from the U.S. Women’s Amateur in August with a sore left wrist, heads turned. Lua, a bubbly, social-media savvy Bruin and a veteran of 22 individual championships and two Curtis Cups, was noticeably absent in the field that week.
The wrist would keep UCLA senior Lua sidelined for the entire fall season. She entered the fall as this magazine’s preseason No. 10 player, her team preseason No. 2.
Lua reports that her wrist has healed enough from the extra rest that she has been able to play spring qualifying rounds with UCLA. It held up enough for Lua to qualify for the Bruins’ first start, the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge on Feb. 11-13. She is “hopeful and optimistic” she’ll be able to play through her entire senior spring.
Without Lua in the lineup, UCLA did not finish better than eighth in four fall starts. The team enters the spring ranked No. 36 by Golfweek.