On Dec. 6, 2011, Carrie Forsyth was inducted into the NGCA Coaches Hall of Fame, confirming the 13-year veteran as one of America's finest collegiate golf coaches
Many of Forsyth's former players are playing professionally, including LPGA members Stephanie Kono, Jane Park, Maria Jose Uribe, Ryann O'Toole, Tiffany Joh, Sydnee Michaels, Mo Martin and Guilia Sergas. The Symetra Tour also counts several former Bruins in its ranks, among them Brianna Do, Hannah Jun and Maiya Tanaka. Through August of 2011, Martin and O'Toole had won three times on the former Futures Tour, and Joh twice. In addition, Jun also played on the Ladies European Tour in 2011. Finally, on August 21, 2011 O'Toole became the first UCLA graduate to earn a spot on the Solheim Cup Team.
In 2007 and '08, Golf Digest, the nation's foremost golf magazine, ranked Forsyth's program among the nation's most balanced. Based on the growth and success of UCLA women's golf, Forsyth deserves much of the credit.
Last season, the Bruins, for the second time, tied the school record for victories in a season by capturing seven tournament titles, among them their seventh NCAA Regional Championship under Forsyth's tutelage. UCLA also won the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate title with a season-best score of 12-under par 852. Freshman Erynne Lee was selected the NGCA Freshman of the Year and the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, marking the fourth time a UCLA player has won that award or its equivalent. Four players earned All-America honors, including first-team selections Lee and junior Lee Lopez, and all five starters captured all-conference honors with Lee, junior Tiffany Lua and Lopez earning first-team distinction. At the NCAA Championship, the Bruins finished eighth, their sixth consecutive Top 10 finish.
Forsyth also extended three important streaks in 2011-12: she guided UCLA to its 12th consecutive NCAA Championship berth, 11th straight podium finish at the NCAA Regional and its sixth straight NCAA Championship Top 10 result, all school records.
For the fifth time in her 14-year career, Forsyth was voted conference coach of the year.
In 2011, the Bruins won the NCAA team title for the second time under Forsyth's leadership, raising the school's total to 107, 36 in women's athletics. They also won five other tournament titles, including the NCAA Central Regional, the inaugural Pac-10/SEC Challenge and their second straight Bruin Wave Invitational. The Bruins' entire lineup earned All-America and all-conference honors, and each player was named to UCLA's Director's Honor Roll at least once. Three players -- junior Stephanie Kono and sophomores Lee Lopez and Tiffany Lua -- won individual titles. Finally, Forsyth was selected as the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the fourth time and she earned GolfWeek's National Coach of the Year award.
In addition to guiding the Bruins to a pair of national championships, Forsyth has also led the Bruins to seven NCAA Regional crowns (2002, '04, '05, '08, '09, '11, '12), three Pac-10 titles and 47 tournament victories.
Overall, Forsyth has tutored 16 different players who have earned 27 All-America certificates, including 13 first-team selections. On the conference side, Forsyth has coached 12 different first-team all-conference selections, including a pair of Pac-10 Players of the Year, three Pac-10 Newcomers of the Year and one Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. A total of 22 different players have earned all-conference certificates under Forsyth's guidance. Finally, 16 players have won 27 tournament titles in the Forsyth Era, including Lee and Ani Gulugian who were first-time winners in 2011-12.
In USGA events, Forsyth has coached a pair of U.S. Women's Amateur champions in Park and Uribe, and two other players -- Joh and Brianna Do -- have won three U.S. Women's Amateur Publinks titles. Do won the USWAPL championship in July, 2011.
In 2010 the Bruins won a pair of tournament titles and recorded podium finishes in seven other events on their way to the program's fourth consecutive Top 10 finish at the NCAA Championship. In addition, three players earned All-America honors from the coaches association. Kono earned consensus All-America honors for the second straight year. Five players received All-Pac-10 honors. Finally, Kono and Lua played on the victorious United States Curtis Cup Team.
In 2008-09, Forsyth coached UCLA to its second straight runnerup finish at the NCAA Championship, and led the Bruins to a record-tying seven tournament titles and their fifth NCAA Regional title. Four players won five individual crowns led by Kono's two championships. All five players in the lineup -- Kono, Joh, Michaels and sophomores Uribe and Yang -- earned either All-America or All-Pac-10 honors. In addition, O'Toole was selected all-conference honorable mention. Four players -- Joh, Uribe, Yang and Kono -- were consistent members of the Director's Honor Roll.
In 2008, Forsyth guided the Bruins to a runnerup finish at the NCAA Championship and the Pac-10 Tournament, and led the Bruins to their fourth NCAA Regional title. Joh and Uribe earned consensus first-team All-America honors and both of those players plus Michaels and Yang were named to the all-conference team. The Bruins also won four tournament titles. In addition, five of the seven players on the roster earned spots on the Director's Honor Roll during the academic year.
Joh enjoyed an outstanding season, earning Pac-10 Golfer of the Year honors and tying for first place at the 2008 NCAA Championship. She also won her second U.S. Women's Amateur Publinks title in June.
In 2006-07, despite the loss of two All-Americans who were expected to return, Forsyth guided the Bruins to their third podium finish at the NCAA tournament. The Bruins, with just four scholarship players, captured second place in the conference championship and came within a few birdies of winning the regional title.
Seven years ago, UCLA won four tournaments, including its third straight conference championship. The Bruins landed two players on the NGCA 1st Team All-America list and a total of four players were selected to the All-Pac-10 squad. In addition, Joh was voted the 2006 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and senior Susie Mathews became the first player ever to earn Scholar All-America honors from the NGCA four straight years.
In 2004-05 UCLA won six tournaments and came within a few shots of winning its second-straight NCAA title. The Bruins won their second consecutive Pac-10 title and tied for first at the NCAA Regional. For the third time in four years, Forsyth was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. At the NCAA Championship, the Bruins recorded their fourth Top 5 finish in her tenure.
Three players -- Mayorkas, Mathews and Amie Cochran -- earned All-America honors, and Mathews earned NGCA Scholar All-America honors for the third straight year.
Mayorkas finished her career as the first three-time first-team All-American in UCLA women's golf history.
Eight years ago, Mayorkas, Mathews and Cochran each earned 1st Team All-Pac-10 honors, and Hannah Jun and Melissa Martin received Honorable Mention acclaim.
The Bruins began the 2004-05 season with a consensus No.1 ranking--a first in the program's history. They won six tournaments, one shy of the school record, captured their second straight conference title and tied for first at the NCAA Regional Championship. At the 2005 NCAA Championship, they were runners-up.
In 2003-04, the Bruins enjoyed a magical season, and Forsyth orchestrated their success. UCLA won its last six tournaments, including the trifecta of the Pac-10 Championship, the NCAA West Regional crown and the NCAA title. That season, UCLA set a school record by winning seven tournaments. Forsyth's program also produced four All-Americans, five all-conference selections and three scholar All-Americans.
Statistically, the Bruins dropped their scoring average eight strokes from the previous year, while every player on the roster improved her stroke average.
UCLA set school records during the season for lowest average team score (291.5) and lowest team score in a single round (282). Mayorkas also set a school record for single season tournament victories (4), best scoring average (71.6), lowest single round score (65) and consecutive counters (35).
Mathews and Mayorkas also finished third and fourth, respectively, at the NCAA Championship, helping UCLA play the final nine holes in five-under par. Both players earned 1st Team NGCA All-America honors and ended her season ranked among the nation's Top 10 players. Senior Krystal Shearer also was selected as an Honorable Mention All-American by the NGCA.
In addition, Jun, who earned second team All-America honors, won the NCAA West Regional title and was voted the 2004 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Mayorkas, who was voted Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2004, Mathews, Shearer, Jun and senior Gina Umeck each earned All-Pac-10 honors.
In the classroom, Mathews, Umeck and senior Bridget Dwyer earned Scholar All-America honors from the NGCA. Each player also earned Pac-10 All-Academic Team honors. Finally, nine different players earned mention on the Director's Honor Roll during the 2003-04 academic year.
That season, Forsyth was voted Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the second time and also earned 2004 NGCA Coach of the Year honors.
In 2002-03, the Bruins tied for fifth place at the NCAA Championship and finished among the Top 10 in all 12 of their tournaments.
Mayorkas became the third player of the Forsyth Era to earn All-America honors. She also earned first-team all-conference laurels. Overall, UCLA boasted four players on the all-conference team.
In the classroom, two players earned Scholar All-America honors from the NGCA, and three players were named to the Pac-10 All-Academic Team. Also, six different players earned spots on the Director's Honor Roll during the season.
In 2001-02, the Bruins saved their best golf for the NCAA West Regional tournament by tying for first place and winning the playoff to earn the No.1 seed in the West. Prior to that event, the Bruins had recorded eight Top 10 finishes and placed second at the Pac-10 Championship. The Bruins also improved their team stroke average by three shots.
Three players earned All-Pac-10 honors, and freshman Yvonne Choe was named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year after earning all-conference second-team honors. Three players also earned Pac-10 All-Academic Team acclaim.
Finally, 10 different players placed their names on the Director's Honor Roll for the 2001-02 academic year.
In Forsyth's second season, the Bruins began their streak of NCAA appearances by placing fourth at the NCAA West Regionals. At the 2001 NCAAs, the Bruins tied for fifth place, and senior Laura Moffat tied for sixth place individually. Umeck and Martin recorded finishes among the Top 25 at the national championship tournament.
In the Fall of 2000, the Bruins won a pair of tournaments: the Hawaii Rainbow Fall Classic and the San Diego State Fall Classic. At the SDSU event, freshman Johanna Andersson won the individual title.
Honorees included Moffat, who earned Honorable Mention All-America acclaim, and Martin and Umeck, who were All-Pac-10 selections.
Forsyth's energy produced immediate results in her first UCLA season -- 1999-2000. The Bruins won the Hawaii Rainbow Fall Classic a few weeks into the season and established themselves as a growing force on the national scene by placing fifth at the NCAA Fall Preview. When their season ended, the Bruins had improved their team stroke average by five shots from the previous year, and nearly every player had improved her stroke average.
Senior Amanda Moltke-Leth earned First Team NGCA All-America and All-Pac-10 honors, and finished the season ranked sixth nationally. Moffat earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors and first-team all-conference academic honors. Finally, several players earned mention on the Director's Honor Roll.
Forsyth, 41, served as the head coach at Cal State Northridge from 1996-99, where she was named the 1998-99 Big Sky Coach of the Year. She guided the Matadors to a third place finish in the 1998 Big Sky Conference Championship and placed two players on the all-conference team. In her three seasons, the Matadors improved their team scoring average by 31 strokes.
In 1990, the former Carrie Leary entered UCLA as a walk-on player and earned a scholarship after her first year.
As a UCLA freshman, she participated in 11 of 12 tournaments, including lineups that won the Pacific-10 Conference championship and finished second at the NCAA Championship.
She graduated with honors from UCLA in 1994 with a degree in Psychology and also served as the Bruins' student assistant coach during the 1993-94 season.
As an amateur, Forsyth competed in four U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championships and advanced to the quarterfinals in 1991. She also competed in three U.S. Amateur Championships and was an alternate qualifier for the 1992 and 1994 U.S. Women's Open Championships.
Forsyth played on several LPGA mini-tours. She competed in the 1995 LPGA Tour Qualifying School.
Forsyth enjoyed a fine junior career before entering UCLA. She won over 30 events as a member of the Southern California Junior Golf Assn., including a third place individual finish in the 1983 Junior World Championship.
At Canyon High, where she graduated in 1989, she lettered four years on the boys golf team and earned MVP honors as a senior.
She married James Forsyth on July 26, 2003, and the couple reside in the Santa Clarita Valley with their twin sons and a daughter.
FORYTH'S UCLA COACHING RECORD
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