Second-ranked Bruins Aim for Third Straight Pac-10 Crown
April 21, 2006
The second-ranked UCLA women's golf team prepares to compete in the 20th Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championships, Apr. 24-26 at Oro Valley Country Club in Oro Valley, Ariz. The University of Arizona will serve as host of the 54-hole event.
Eighteen holes of stroke play will be contested each day with an awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2006 All-Pac-10 team to follow the completion of the event.
The Bruins enter the tournament as the conference's highest-ranked team with four tournament victories among their results, including two straight. UCLA also is the two-time defending conference champion.
'The Pac-10 Championship is always one of the highlights of our season,' said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. 'This year competition in the Pac-10 is stronger than it has been in a few years. Both Arizona State and USC have very strong teams.'
Through April 17, seven of the conference's 10 teams were ranked among the nation's Top 30, including ASU at No. 3 and USC at No. 6.California was ranked 12th and host Arizona was 19th.
Under Forsyth, the Bruins have strung together four consecutive Top 3 finishes, including the past two conference crowns. In six previous seasons, the Bruins have recorded five Top 3s. In addition, 11 different players have earned all-conference honors during her tenure, four on the first team. Finally, Forsyth has been named conference coach of the year three times in six seasons, one shy of the record held by Hall of Fame coach Linda Vollstedt, formerly of Arizona State.
The UCLA lineup features two veteran All-Americans and three freshmen this spring. Two freshmen -- Jane Park and Tiffany Joh are ranked among the nation's Top 10 players. Sophomore Amie Cochran is ranked 16th.
Park, ranked fifth, is tied for the team lead in scoring average at 72.3. Her seven rounds under par and six rounds under 70 are team leaders. In seven appearances, she has placed second three times.
Joh, ranked eighth, is tied with Park for the team lead in scoring. All of her 15 rounds have been counters and she has placed among the Top 20 individuals in all six of her appearances.
Cochran ranks third with a 73.1 scoring average. She has strung together a pair of Top 5 finishes in her last two events, closing with a season-best score of 68 (-4) in her last round at the PING/ASU Invitational.Mathews, a two-time All-American on the course and three-time Scholar All-American, has a 73.9 scoring average and six straight Top 25 finishes. She has finished among the Top 25 individuals in the last three Pac-10 tournaments.
Freshman Ryann O'Toole will be playing in her first conference championship tournament. She has one Top 20 finish this season.