Bruins Earn Third Straight Trip to NCAA Championships

May 10, 2003

The 11th-ranked UCLA women's golf team vaulted into third place as a result of freshman Susie Mathews' hot scoring at the NCAA West Regional, hosted by Arizona State at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, AZ.

The Bruins posted a final round score of 294, six-over par, and jumped from fifth place to third with a 54-hole total of 892. They finished behind USC at 870 and Oklahoma State at 880. Pepperdine placed fourth at 897, followed by Arizona State and Ohio State, which tied for fifth at 902. Washington State finished seventh at 904 and Stanford survived the cut in eighth place at 905.

These eight teams qualified for the NCAA Championships, May 21-24, at Purdue University. Eight teams from the Central and East Regionals also will participate at the NCAA Championshps.

Individually for UCLA, Mathews fired a final round, four-under par 68 to leap-frog from 24th place into a tie for sixth at 218, two-over par. Sophomore Charlotte Mayorkas tied for 16th at 222 and junior Gina Umeck finished 23rd at 224. Juniors Hana Kim and Melissa Martin tied for 34th and 74th, respectively.

UNLV's Sunny Oh won the tournament with a five-under par total of 211 and will play in the national championship tournament as an individual. Tanya Dergal of USC and Kim Welch of Washington State tied for second at 213.

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