Weather Delays Final Round of NCAA Championships

May 21, 2004

The second-ranked UCLA women's golf team will have to wait another 24 hours to finish its season as weather delayed the final round of the NCAA Championships in Opelika, AL

The Bruins and half of the field were delayed three hours by afternoon thundershowers and electrical storms Friday. Competing teams will return to action on the Auburn National Golf Course at 8 a.m. Central Time Saturday.

UCLA, which owned a five-shot lead entering Friday's round saw it dwindle to three shots by the time play was halted for the day. The Bruins were leading top-ranked Duke by two shots when weather forced the suspension of play. When the teams returned to action at 6:35 p.m. CDT, the Bruins lost two strokes to par, but the Blue Devils lost three and the lead was increased to three shots entering tomorrow's round.

'At the beginning of the round, I thought we were playing nervously,' said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. 'What we need to do [Saturday] is regain our composure and attack the greens like we have done all week. This break should give us a chance to regroup, and we'll come back out tomorrow and go after the championship.'

Three UCLA players were among the Top 15 individuals when play ended Friday. Sophomore Susie Mathews was in third place at five-under par, three-over par for the day, junior Charlotte Mayorkas was tied for sixth at two-under par and even par for the day and senior Gina Umeck was tied for 12th at two-over par even through nine holes.

Freshman Hannah Jun was tied for 45th at nine-over par and senior Krystal Shearer was tied for 51st at 10-over par through 10 holes on Friday.

Cal's Sarah Huarte had a three shot lead through 12 holes at 11-under par.

In All-America ballotting announced at Friday's National Golf Coaches Assn. banquet, the Bruins landed four players on various teams. Mathews and Mayorkas were named to the first-team, Jun earned second-team honors and Shearer was voted honorable mention.

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