Lua, who entered the round tied for third, aced the par-3 11th hole. She was 3 under for the day and 5 under overall on the Tradition Club course. Georgia’s Marta Silva Zamora was tied for second at 2 under with LSU’s Austin Ernst. Silva Zamora had a 72, and Ernst was 4 over for the round with four holes left.
“I got off to a rough start, but after that I tried to make some good solid swings and keep a good tempo,” Lua said. “I wanted to make some solid strokes in putting. I was excited to make the ace and follow that with a birdie. I’m definitely looking forward to tomorrow.”
UCLA had four holes left. Defending champion Purdue was second, also with four holes left.
“We’re going to take it easy,” UCLA coach Carrie Forsyth said. “We have to take it easy. We are going to think positive and try to make good decisions because we made some bad ones today. We need to have confidence, and I think we will play just fine.”
The round was delayed 1 hour, 50 minutes because of lightning.
UCLA was on the seventh hole when play was delayed. Forsyth said she was surprised how much the delay affected her team, which shot 5 under through the first seven and was 6 over on the next three.
“Sometimes the break helps you, and sometimes they help you,” Forsyth said. “We had some girls who had momentum going, and you feel like you’re doing well, and then you come in and sit.”
Coastal Carolina’s Courtney Boe also had a hole-in-one on the 11th hole, and Virginia’s Brittany Altomare aced the 16th.