Second-Ranked Bruins Ready to Defend Title
May 16, 2005
UCLA's defending national champion women's golf team tees it up in Sunriver, OR for the 24th NCAA Women's Golf Championship, hosted by Oregon State at the Sunriver Resort, May 17-20.
The Meadows Golf Course, designed by John Fought, measures 6,312 yards and carries a par of 71. Earlier this year the Bruins placed seventh on the Meadows Course at the Fall Preview with a score of 876 (+24).
UCLA will be making its 20th appearance at the NCAA Championship since 1982. The Bruins won team titles in 1991 and 2004, and have finished among the Top 10 13 times.
'Our team has enjoyed the best spring season in the nation by winning five of its last six events,' said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth, last year's national Coach of the Year. 'We have experienced some very tight competitive situations that have helped us grow as a team. I believe that we have the heart, attitude, work ethic, and experience to perform to our best capabilities. Our goal is to play our best, and to make the NCAA Championship our strongest team performance of the year.'
In the Forsyth Era, the Bruins have strung together five consecutive NCAA berths and have finished among the Top 5 four times, capped by last year's title.
Similar to last year's stretch drive, the Bruins enter the 2005 NCAA Championship with a string of victories behind them, including the conference and regional crowns. No team has won the conference, regional and national title trifecta two straight seasons.
Entering the NCAA Championship, the Bruins boast 36 rounds of national championship experience, including 12 rounds each from seniors Charlotte Mayorkas and Melissa Martin. Mayorkas last season finished fourth after playing the final 54 holes in six-under par. Martin's best finish at the NCAAs came in 2001 when she tied for 18th place.
Junior Susie Mathews claims eight rounds of NCAA Championship experience, and last year finished third at eight-under par 280, a school record for 72 holes. Sophomore Hannah Jun, who won the 2004 NCAA West Regional, has four rounds of national championship experience and tied for 49th place last season.
Only freshman Amie Cochran will be making her maiden appearance at the national championship tournament. However, before enrolling at UCLA, Cochran won individual medalist honors at the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur.