Top-Seeded Bruins Head to Stanford for NCAA Regionals
May 5, 2004
The second-ranked UCLA women's golf team, the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference champion, travels to the Stanford Golf Course for the NCAA Women's Golf West Regionals, May 6-8.
The Stanford Golf Course will play to a par of 72 over 6,159 yards.
In 2002, the Bruins won their only NCAA Regional championship, defeating Pepperdine in a playoff to advance to the NCAA Championships that year as one of the nation's top three seeds.
This year, the Bruins, who have won four of their last five tournaments, enter the regional tournament as the top seed looking for their fourth straight NCAA berth.
'The Stanford Golf Course is one in which we are very familiar since we play it at least once a year,' said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. 'We played well there in October, setting a school record.'
Seven months ago, the Bruins finished third at the Stanford Women's Intercollegiates, setting a school, 54-hole record of 859, five-under par. (That record was broken last month at the San Jose State Invitational.)
Two weeks ago, Forsyth led the Bruins to their first Pac-10 title since 1991, the year the Bruins won the NCAA Championship. At Saticoy Country Club, the Bruins won the league crown by 18 shots and junior Charlotte Mayorkas won the individual title by two shots over teammate Hannah Jun.
Forsyth was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second time in her five-year tenure. Mayorkas received conference golfer of the year honors and Jun was voted Newcomer of the Year.
For Mayorkas, the victory was her fourth of the season, fifth in her career and first conference crown. She has been ranked second nationally for all of 2004, trailing only Liz Janangelo of top-ranked Duke. She leads the Bruins in scoring average (71.7), tournament victories (4), Top 10 finishes (8) and rounds under par (11). She has finished among the Top 20 individuals in all nine tournaments this season, and among the Top 10 in eight straight.
'All of her hard work is finally paying off,' said Forsyth. 'Winning is an attitude. She has the confidence, and she expects to win every time she plays.'
For the regional tournament, the Bruins will field a team of seniors Krystal Shearer and Gina Umeck, Mayorkas, sophomore Susie Mathews and Jun. Only Jun will be making her first NCAA regional appearance.