UCLA’s Tavatanakit Claims ANNIKA With 63

Patty Tavatanakit tied the UCLA women’s record by shooting 9-under-par 63 and set a course record while winning the individual title as the Bruins finished second in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate at Royal Golf Club (https://royalclubmn.com) in Lake Elmo, Minn.

The tournament is named for LPGA Tour great Annika Sorenstam of Sweden.

Tavatanakit, a sophomore from Thailand, made seven straight birdies to start the back nine and added a 12-foot eagle putt on the final hole to shoot 8-under 28 on the last nine holes to win by one stroke over Malia Nam of USC.

“Wow, that was 28?” asked Tavatanakit, who won four times for the Bruins as a freshman. “Coming into the week I did not expect to win. Even yesterday, I was struggling, but I shot 4-under because I was patient and made every up-and-down.

“I didn’t think that we were going to play today (because of predicted rain), so my mindset was just go and play, and not worry about when they are going to pull us off the course. I was hoping that good things would happen and they did.”

Tavatanakit, whose victories last season included the Pacific 12 Conference Championship and the NCAA Women’s Western Regional, tied the UCLA mark of 63 set by Lilia Vu in the 2017 Silverado Showdown.

After finishing second in the tournament last year, Tavatanakit won this time with a score of 72-68-63—203, 13-under, while Nam was second at 69-66-69—204, followed by Dylan Kim of Arkansas at 67-68-70—205, Ana Belac of Duke at 68-65-73—206, and Andrea Lee of Stanford at 69-68-71—208.

Vu totaled 70-68-71—209 to tie for sixth with Jiwon Jeon of Alabama, who finished at 77-65-67—209, and Kaitlyn Papp of Texas, who wound up at 68-69-72—209.

Jennifer Chang of USC shot 71-69-70—210 to tie for ninth with Stephanie Lau of Northwestern, who wound up at 72-68-70—210.

Alabama claimed the team title with a score of 284-275-277—836, 28-under-par, followed by UCLA at 285-275-278—838, USC at 282-279-282—843, Texas at 285-281-281—847, Duke at 279-278-293—850 and Arkansas at 287-280-285—852.

South Carolina totaled 297-281-291—869 to tie for seventh with Arizona, which finished at 296-284-289—869, while Stanford was ninth at 294-289-288—871, followed by Northwestern at 297-282-293—872.

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