Bruins Win NCAA West Regionals

May 8, 2004

The second-ranked UCLA women's golf team won its fifth tournament of the season with a seven-stroke victory at the NCAA West Regionals on the Stanford Golf Course. The regional championship was the Bruins' second in three seasons, and it earned them a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Championships.

'We are ready to play nationals,' said UCLA Coach Carrie Forsyth. 'It's a long season and you have this goal of the end in your mind from the beginning of the season. This is what you practice for, what you are playing for and it's nice to be going. We are ready and peaking at the right time.'

In their last six outings, the Bruins have won five times, including four straight, and have produced five individual champions. Junior All-American Charlotte Mayorkas, the nation's No.2 ranked player has won four times, including the Pac-10 Championship, and freshman Hannah Jun won on Saturday.

In the final round of the regionals, the Bruins posted a solid team score of 286, two-under par, and finished with a 54-hole total of 861, three-under par. They were the only team to finish below par for the three regional competitions. Third-ranked California finished second with a three-round total of 863 (+4) and host Stanford placed third at 883 (+14). Washington finished fourth at 892, followed by Georgia at 900 in fifth place. Fourth-ranked Ohio State placed sixth at 901, followed by Arizona State at 908. Washington State and Texas tied for eighth place at 913, and Texas won the playoff to advance.

The top eight teams from each regional qualify for the NCAA Championships later this month at Auburn's Grand National Course. In all, seven of the nine Pac-10 teams that participated in the regional competition qualified.

Individually for the Bruins, Jun posted a one-under par 71 for a 54-hole total of seven-under par 209. Her steady play featured two birdies and a bogey among 16 pars. Jun, who had finished by 1 p.m. Pacific time, held her breath watching Ohio State's Allison Hanna fail to catch her. Hanna was tied for the lead at the 14th hole, but played the final four holes in two-over par.

Jun's 54-hole total of 209 ranks second on the UCLA charts. Earlier this season junior Charlotte Mayorkas posted a score of 207 in a victorious effort at the ASU tournament.

Mayorkas posted her second straight even par round on Saturday and finished at two-under 214. After playing the front nine in one-under par, she was one over on the inward nine for a 72.

Sophomore Susie Mathews posted an even par 72 for a three-round total of 220 (+4), and tied for 11th.

Senior Gina Umeck rebounded from a poor round yesterday to post a solid one-under par score of 71. She tied for 21st at 223 (+7). After playing the front nine in two-over par 38, Umeck carded three back nine birdies to finish below par.

Senior Krystal Shearer tied for 30th at 225 (+9) after posting a final round 72. She birdied three of the final four holes.

In the East Regional, top-ranked Duke won by 22 shots over second-place UNLV at the El Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort.

In the Central Regional, Vanderbilt won by nine shots at 41-over par 893 on Illinois State's home course. Arizona finished second and USC placed fourth.

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