Women's Golfers Prepare for TRW Challenge in Palos Verdes
Feb. 8, 2001
Team Update -- On Nov. 1 the UCLA women's golf team won its second Rainbow Wahine Fall Classic title in as many seasons under head coach Carrie Leary. During the Fall season, UCLA recorded five top 10 finishes, including a victory by the Blue Team at the San Diego State Fall Classic. The Bruins also finished ninth at the Comcast/Dick McGuire Invitational, fifth at the Edean Ihlandfelt Invitational and eighth at the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational. At the SDSU Fall Classic, the Bruins Blue Team posted a 54-hole score of 905, and won by 30 shots.
Upcoming Events -- The Bruins first tournament of 2001 will be Feb. 12-14 at the TRW Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes Country Club. The course plays to a par of 71 over 5,912 yards.
National Rankings -- In the Dec. 6 College Golf Foundation rankings, the Bruins were 17th. In the Feb. 8 Sagarin/GolfWeek rankings, UCLA was 16th.
Senior Laura Moffat -- In 12 rounds this season she is averaging 75.8 and has one top 10 finish and two top 20 finishes. She tied for second at the Rainbow Wahine and placed 14th at the Ihlandfelt Invitational. She posted a one-under par 72 in the second round of the McGuire Invitational and finished in a tie for 27th. She also tied for 27th at the Stanford event. Eleven of her 12 (92%) rounds this season have counted in team scoring. She ranked 60th in the Feb. 8 GolfWeek poll. She earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll last quarter. She won the 1999 Rainbow Wahine Fall Classic, her first collegiate victory. She has 12 career top 20 finishes, including three top 10 finishes.
Senior Leilani Bagby -- In one appearance this season, she has averaged 76.0 and tied for second at the SDSU Fall Classic. Posted a one-under par 72 in the second round of the SDSU event, her second career round under par. Her finish at the SDSU tournament was her second career top 10 finish and 10th top 20 finish. Last quarter she earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll.
Junior Alicia Um --She has played in 12 rounds this season and averaged 77.5 strokes per round. Posted a low round of 74 in the second round of the Ihlandfelt event and finished 17th overall, her fourth career top 20 finish. Eighty-three percent (10 of 12) of her rounds have counted in team scoring.
Sophomore Bridget Dwyer -- Appeared in her first event at the SDSU tournament and tied for 12th, her first career top 20 finish. Averaging 77.6 in three rounds. Sixty-seven percent of her rounds have counted towards the team's score. She earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll last quarter.
Sophomore Vivan Phosomran -- Has made two appearances, one as an individual. Tied for fourth at the SDSU event after posting rounds of 75-77-77--229. Played as an individual at the McGuire Invitational and tied for 62nd. Last quarter she earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll.
Freshman Johanna Andersson -- Won the SDSU Fall Classic with rounds of 68-78-77--223. Her first round 68 was five-under par and established a collegiate best. It also was the lowest individual round of the season by any team member. She won the event by five shots over teammates Leilani Bagby and Melissa Martin. Tied for fourth place at the Rainbow Wahine event with rounds of 76-75-74--225. Played in the Ihlandfelt event and finished 66th. Averaging 77.2 in nine rounds. Since her first tournament, she has improved her stroke average five shots.
Freshman Melissa Martin -- Tied for second at the SDSU event with teammate Leilani Bagby. Posted rounds of 78-73-77--228. Her second round score of 73 was even par and established a collegiate best. Averaging 78.3 in six rounds. One of nine players on the team to earn a spot on the Director's Honor Roll last quarter.
Freshman Krystal Shearer -- Averaging 81.3 after three rounds at the Stanford tournament, where she tied for 81st.
Freshman Saki Uechi -- Recorded the best finish of her career at the Rainbow Wahine event where she tied for seventh at 227. Was leading the tournament after 36 holes before posting a final round of 80. Tied for 19th at the Ihlandfelt event, her first top 20 finish. Averaging 77.4 in 12 rounds of competition with 83 percent (10 of 12) of her scores counting toward the team total. Earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll last quarter.
Freshman Gina Umeck -- Boasts the team's best scoring average, 75.3, in 12 rounds of competition. Also leads the team with a pair of top 10 finishes, including a sixth place finish at the Rainbow Wahine and a tie for eighth at the Ihlandfelt. Also has three top 20 finishes, including a tie for 15th at the Stanford event with rounds of 76-74-76--226. Tied for 25th at the McGuire Invitational, her first collegiate event. Has been the Bruins top finisher in three of the four tournaments in which she has played. All 12 of her rounds have counted in team scoring. Earned a spot on the Director's Honor Roll last quarter. Ranked 51st nationally in the Feb. 8 GolfWeek poll. Earned 2000 AJGA Honorable Mention All-America honors.
Head Coach Carrie Leary -- The second-year coach has guided the Bruins to three team titles in two seasons as head coach. She began her UCLA coaching career by leading the Bruins to a surprising fifth place finish at the 1999 Fall Preview hosted by Oregon State. The Bruins were ranked as high as ninth nationally by the CGF, their highest ranking under Leary. The Bruins improved their team scoring average by five strokes from the 1998-99 season and nearly every player improved her stroke average. The 29-year old coach served three seasons at Cal State Northridge where she earned 1998-99 Big Sky Coach of the Year honors and improved the Matadors' scoring average by 31 strokes during her tenure. Leary joined the Bruins as a walk-on player in 1989, earned a scholarship and played in 11 of 12 tournaments as a freshman, including UCLA's 1990 Pac-10 championship team. She was also a member of UCLA's 1991 NCAA Championship team.