Braving wind gusts of 50 miles an hour, favored UCLA, behind the 4- over-par rounds of Betty Chen and Jeonh Park, grabbed the 36-hole lead of the BYU Classic Monday with scores of 302-297-599 to dominate the field of 14 teams on the Hobble Creek golf course.
Oklahoma tallied 613 to come in second but is being chased by Washington in third at 617.The Cougars, who shot 307 in the morning round for third place, scored 313 in the afternoon to drop to fourth with a 620 total.
The Bruins' Chen and Park are tied with Oklahoma's Carolyn Janidlo at 148 for first place among the 75 players in the individual hunt.
Chen, who played with a swollen leg caused by a sting from a yellow jacket during her practice round Sunday, fired an even-par 72 Monday afternoon for the best score of the tournament so far.
BYU sophomore Ai Lian Lim recovered from a triple bogey on the par 3 sixth hole to finish 73-77 150, two shots from the leaders.
Lim had five birdies but was most elated about the three she scored on the par 4, 355-yard No. 8 hole. "I really nailed a drive on No. 8," she said, "and then I got on the green with a sand wedge that felt like a chip shot."
Anna Sralla carded solid rounds of 74-77-151 to place fifth overall. "I started changing my swing during the qualifying rounds, and now its coming together," she said.
In other Cougar scoring, newcomer Catalina Navarro came in with 80-82-162, Stephanie B. Belnap shot 80-83-163 following a disastrous nine on the par 4 second hole after dumping two shots in the creek, and freshman Susanne Gillemo improved from 88 to 77 for a non-counting 165.
Playing as individuals, BYU's Doreena Ng had 84-84-168 and Melissa Gioia had 86-86-172.
The final 18 holes of the 54-hole Classic will be played after a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Tuesday.