The second-ranked UCLA women's golf team forged an eight-stroke lead after the first day of the NCAA West Regionals being held at the Stanford Golf Course.
The Bruins posted a 6 under par score of 282 and lead second place California by eight shots. Host Stanford is third at 293, 5 over par, followed by Washington at 10-over 298. Pepperdine is fifth at 300 and Washington State and Denver are tied for sixth at 302. The top eight teams in the 21-team field will qualify for the NCAA Championships after the third round.
UCLA's team score was the best score among the three first-round regional leaders. Top-ranked Duke fired a 2 under par score of 286 at the East Regional and Vanderbilt was atop the leaderboard in the Central Regional at 14 over par.
UCLA freshman Hannah Jun matched her career-best collegiate score by firing a first-round, 5-under par 67 on Thursday. She leads the field by three shots. Jun played the inward nine in 4-under-par 32 after posting a 1-under-par 35 on the front side. Jun's score was the best of the day among the three regional individual leaders.
Junior Charlotte Mayorkas, winner of the Pac-10 Championship last month, carded a solid 2-under par 70 and is tied for second. Three-under par at the turn, Mayorkas played the back nine in 1 over par.
Sophomore Susie Mathews played cat-and-mouse with par in the first round. After nine straight pars on the inward side, she bogeyed the 10th, birdied the 12th, bogeyed the 14th, birdied 15 and 16 and bogeyed 17 for an even par round of 72. She is tied for seventh.
Senior Gina Umeck posted a 1-over par 73 and is tied for 15th. Senior Krystal Shearer posted a 7-over par 79 and is tied for 64th.