Women's Golf Team Preview
Sept. 11, 2003
The UCLA women's golf team travels to the Fall Preview at Auburn National Golf Course, Sept 12-14, as the nation's second-ranked team, featuring a talent-roster of six returning all-conference players.
In the GolfWeek preseason rankings, the Bruins were rated No.2 behind Duke.
Head Coach Carrie Forsyth welcomes the return of junior First-Team All-American Charlotte Mayorkas, who led the Bruins last year in scoring average and won her first collegiate tournament. Mayorkas also advanced to the third round of match play at the U.S. Women's Amateur this summer. Also returning are senior All-Pac-10 selections Hana Kim and Gina Umeck, and sophomore Susie Mathews.
'I believe that this team has what it takes to be national champions,' said Forsyth, who begins her fifth season. 'Our team is motivated, hard-working, and focused on the goal of being the No.1 team in the nation.'
UCLA's five seniors represent more than 300 rounds of collegiate golf experience. Overall, the Bruins return 441 collegiate rounds, making competition for travel spots fierce.
'We have outstanding depth,' said Forsyth, 'and it will be a battle every week to make the lineup.'
The Bruins also boast the return of 2002 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in junior Yvonne Choe, who tied for fourth place at the conference championships as a freshman. Senior Bridget Dwyer this summer won the Women's Trans-National stroke play competition, and participated in her third U.S. Women's Amateur. Senior Krystal Shearer placed third in the Lakewood City Women's Championship this summer and tied for third at the Long Beach City Women's Championship. The other returnee is three-year letterwinner Saki Uechi, a 2001 All-Pac-10 selection.
UCLA's top newcomer this season is 2003 Junior World champion Hannah Jun, a quarterfinalist at this summer's U.S. Women's Amateur Publinks Championships. Jun also won the CIF individual title three times and led Torrey Pines High to three team titles.
In the GolfWorld preseason rankings, the Bruins were rated third nationally behind Duke and Florida.
Excluding the NCAA Championships, the annual Fall Preview features the toughest field in college golf. This year, 16 of the Top 20 ranked teams in GolfWeek's preseason poll will compete at the site of the 2004 NCAA Women's Championship.
The Auburn National Golf Course will play to a par of 72 over 6,142 yards.