TEMPE, AZ (April 9, 2016)--UCLA (568) and the Bruin duo of Bronte Law (-9) and Lilia Vu (-9) lead the field after the second round of the PING/ASU Invitational. UCLA will begin the final round one-stroke in front of host Arizona State (569) as the teams prepare to take one final spin around the Karsten Golf Course.
Bronte Law, coming off her recent appearance in the ANA Inspiration, has been the story of the tournament so far. In Friday's first round the UCLA junior from Stockport, England set a school and course record with an 8-under-par 64. During the historic round Law birdied nine holes and bogeyed just one. In search of her second win of the season she followed up her record setting round with a second round 71 to remain tied atop the leaderboard.
Teammate, freshman Lilia Vu, was nearly as good in her second round. On the heels of a first round 68 the freshman posted a second round 5-under-par 67. Vu began on the first hole and birdied four holes on the front side to open in 4-under-par 31. On the back nine Vu, looking for her first career win, bogeyed No. 12 but quickly regained her form and birdied 14 and 17 to close out her round.
Law and Vu are on the only UCLA players inside the top-20 on the leaderboard. The pair will carry a four shot lead into the final round over Texas sophomore Sophia Schubert (-5). Arizona State freshman Linnea Strom (-4) is five-stokes back and in fourth.
In the team competition Arizona State was able to trim five shots off their day one deficit. The key to the Sun Devil charge is strength by numbers as they currently have three players in the top-7. With Strom leading the team both sophomore Sophia Zeeb (-1) and junior Monica Vaughn (-1) are T7.
Joining UCLA and Arizona State atop the team standings are Alabama (574) in third, UNLV (576) in fourth and Arizona (579) in fifth.