Bruins Rise To No. 1 on the Eve of Stanford Tournament

Oct. 16, 2008

On the eve of the Stanford Intercollegiate, the UCLA women's golf team rose to the top of the NGCA/GolfWorld Coaches Poll. This weekend, the top-ranked Bruins will play in the Stanford event, Fri., Oct. 17 through Sun., Oct. 19.

The 16-team field includes five teams ranked in the Top 10 of the coaches poll and 11 of the Top 25. Second-ranked USC, the defending NCAA team champion, was the previous No.1 team before finishing six strokes behind the Bruins at the Mason Rudolph Championship, a tournament the Bruins won on Sept. 28.

'As the No.1 team, we need to put our best effort into this event to maintain our momentum,' said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. 'Stanford is always an exciting event for our team. This year it is especially important because the Pac-10 Championship will be held there.'

Surprisingly, the Bruins have never won this event. Their best recent finish was second in 2005.

This season UCLA has won its first two starts, the Topy Cup in Japan and the Mason Rudolph event in Tennessee last month. The Bruins won by 14 shots over Tulsa in Japan before beating USC in Tennessee.

The Bruins also have produced a pair of individual champions in each appearance. In Japan, sophomore Glory Yang won her first collegiate event in a sudden-victory playoff. Last month's winner was junior Sydnee Michaels, who also was voted national player of the week for her score of 205 (-11). Entering the Stanford tournament, Michaels was ranked 10th nationally and Yang 13th by GolfStat.

Senior Tiffany Joh, sophomore Maria Jose Uribe and freshman Stephanie Kono complete the Bruins' fivesome for the Stanford tournament.

Joh and Uribe returned last weekend from Adelaide, Australia after participating in the Women's World Amateur Team Championship. Playing for the United States, Joh helped the Stars and Stripes finish third. Uribe played for her native Colombia, which placed 14th out of 48 teams.

Kono, an AJGA All-American, was ranked 38th nationally after recording a pair of Top 20 results in her first two collegiate events.

UCLA also will send two individuals to Stanford -- senior Ryann O'Toole and freshman Brianna Do.

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