UCLA lived up to its No. 1 national ranking Monday while grabbing the second-round lead at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club.
The Bruins posted a second-round total of 6-under 282 in rainy weather for a 36-hole score of 13-under 563. No. 11-ranked Arizona State turned in a second consecutive 5-under 283 Monday and was alone in second, just three shots behind UCLA.
First-round leader Miami fell off the pace Monday but was still in the hunt at 8-under 568. The host Longhorns carded a second-round total of 14-over 302 and were in 15th place at 601.
UCLA freshman Alison Lee shot a 4-under par 68 Monday to tie for the individual lead with Jessica Peng of Mississippi State at 7-under 137. Cajsa Persson of Iowa State was alone in third place after back-to-back-rounds of 69 for a 138 total.
Texas’ top scorer was sophomore Natalie Karcher, who shot a 75 Monday and was tied for 26th at 1-over 145. Freshman Julia Beck was tied for 43rd at 149.
Players for UCLA and Arizona State will be paired together today in the final round, but they won’t be strangers. The teams finished first and second last month at the season-opening Mason Rudolph Invitational in Tennessee.