UCLA Women's Golf Team Qualifies For NCAA Championships

May 12, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The UCLA women's golf team qualified for the NCAA Championships Saturday by finishing fourth at the NCAA West Regionals, hosted by Oregon State at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, OR.

The Bruins posted a final round team score of 299 for a 54-hole total of 903, three shots ahead of fifth place Ohio State. Arizona captured first place at 868, followed by Stanford at 888 and Michigan State at 901. Other qualifying teams included Arizona State, which finished sixth at 910, Washington, seventh at 914, and USC eighth at 916.

It is the first NCAA appearance for second-year UCLA Coach Carrie Leary, who was a member of the the Bruins' 1991 NCAA championship team. The Bruins last qualified for the national championship tournament in 1997 and finished fifth under the guidance of Coach Jackie Tobian-Steinmann, who retired in 1999.

Individually, the Bruins were sparked by senior Leilani Bagby's final round one-under par score of 71. She finished tied for 11th at 222. Senior Laura Moffat shot a score of 75 and finished tied for sixth at 219, three-over par. Freshman Gina Umeck tied for 29th at 230, Melissa Martin tied for 37th at 232 and Saki Uechi tied for 59th at 238.

Arizona's Natalie Gulbis won the tournament with a nine-under par total of 207 after posting a one-under par 71 Saturday. Teammate Lorena Ochoa finished second at six-under par 210, followed by Arizona State's Jimin Kang, who finished third at three-under par 213.

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