Galdiano leads UCLA to top seed

Punahou graduate Mariel Galdiano helped UCLA earn the top seed in the NCAA women's golf championships. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Punahou graduate and UCLA sophomore Mariel Galdiano tied for seventh in the individual competition at the NCAA women’s golf championship in Stillwater, Okla. and helped the Bruins tie for the team lead.

Galliano carded a 1-under-par 71 at Karsten Creek Golf Club on Tuesday to close the NCAA medal championship among five players at 1 under 287 for the four-day tournament. Her low for the week was a 69 in the second round.

Galdiano, a three-time state champion at Punahou, tied Lilia Vu for team-best honors and the third-ranked Bruins tied Alabama for the team lead at 9 over. The Bruins were granted the top seed by a tiebreaker (best cumulative fifth player score) and will face Arizona in the quarterfinals of the eight-team match-play portion of the tournament on Tuesday. The semifinals will follow with the championship match scheduled for Wednesday.

Allisen Corpuz, who won the 2016 state title for Punahou, helped USC claim the third seed by tying for 27th in the individual standings at 5 over 293. The Trojans face sixth-seeded Duke in the quarterfinals.

‘Iolani graduate Rose Huang of BYU qualified as an individual and tied for 21st at 4 over.

UPDATE: Galdiano and Corpuz saw their seasons end on Tuesday. Galdiano won her match against Arizona’s Sandra Nordaas 3 and 1, but the Bruins lost to the Wildcats 3-2 in the quarterfinals.  Corpuz’s match with Duke’s Virginia Elena Carta ended all square and the Trojans advanced with a 3-1-1 win.

The Trojans then ran up against second-seeded Alabama and Corpuz lost her match with Cheyenne Knight 3 and 1 and the Crimson Tide moved on to the championship match with a 3-1-1 victory. Alabama faces Arizona for the national title on Wednesday.

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