Freshman Patty Tavatanakit led UCLA to NCAA championships berth at the San Francisco regional on Wednesday, winning her third straight tournament as the Bruins finished second overall to qualify for the NCAA championships.
Tavatanakit shot a 5-under 67 on Wednesday to edge out Stanford’s Ziyi Wang for medalist honors. The UCLA freshman from Thailand finished at 8-under 208 for the three-round tournament, one stroke ahead of Wang.
The top-ranked Bruins had a three-round total of 4-under 860, finishing four strokes behind the Cardinal. UCLA shot 3-under 285 on Wednesday, helping recover from a 7-over 295 round on Tuesday, but the Bruins could not run down Stanford, which was the only team to shoot under par in each round.
The top six teams from the 18-team regional advanced to next week’s NCAA championships in Stillwater, Okla. Mississippi, Louisville, Kent State and Colorado also advanced from the San Francisco regional.
Tavatanakit birdied six of the final 10 holes with one bogey to score her fourth individual tournament win this season, which ties a UCLA record.