Women's Golf Team Finishes 21st at NCAA Championships
June 5, 2002
The UCLA women's golf team, which earned its second straight NCAA Championships berth, finished the 2001-02 season by placing 21st nationally.
UCLA made its 17th overall appearance in the 21-year history of the NCAA Women's Golf Championships. The University of Washington served as host of the event at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, WA.
The Bruins posted a 72-hole score of 1,204, 52-over par. After going 26-over par in the first round, they played the rest of the tournament in 26-over par and climbed from 24th place to 21st by tournament's end.
The top individual finisher for UCLA was freshman Charlotte Mayorkas, who tied for 50th place at 11-over par 299. Mayorkas played the final 54 holes two-over par.
The high point of the Bruins' season came at the NCAA West Regional, where they tied Pepperdine for first place honors. By winning the tiebreaker against the Waves, the Bruins earned the West Region's No.1 seed and effectively won the West Regional crown.
Individually, sophomore Gina Umeck continued her late-season surge, placing seventh. In her last six tournaments, Umeck finished among the Top 10 four times, and averaged 74.7 strokes per round with three rounds under par. She led the team with five Top 10 finishes in 11 appearances, and 93% of her scores counted in team scoring.
Umeck was named UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week on May 13.
UCLA also placed two other players among the Top 20 at the West Regionals: freshman Charlotte Mayorkas tied for 10th place and sophomore Melissa Martin tied for 19th. Mayorkas fired a final round, two-under par 70 and vaulted from 16th place into the top ten. Martin played par golf over the final 18 holes to record her fourth finish among the Top 20 this season.
As a team, the Bruins' final round score of 288 was the best of the day among the West Regional field. UCLA's 54-hole score of 883 tied for its second best three-round score of the season.