Team Update At the NCAA West Regionals, May 6-8, the Bruins finished 20th with a score of 961 and did not qualify for the NCAA Championships. At the Pacific-10 Conference Championships the Bruins finished fourth at 889, their lowest 54-hole score of the season. Freshman Giulia Sergas recorded her best finish of the season, tying for third place at 218 (75-71-72). Sophomore Leilani Bagby placed 13th at 224.
The Bruins finished sixth at the Peg Barnard Invitational and four players placed among the top 20. UCLA finished sixth in a strong field at the ASU/PING Invitational and Sergas tied for ninth after firing a final round 70. The Bruins recorded their best finish of the season at the LSU Fairwood Invitational, capturing second place.
They began the 1999 Winter schedule with a third place finish at the Pioneer Electronics Bruin Classic and an eighth place finish at the Regional Challenge. At the LSU event, UCLA placed three players among the top 20 and finished three shots behind first place Duke, the nations top-ranked team. At the Regional Challenge, the Bruins led by five strokes after the first round, but tough weather conditions hampered play over the final 36 holes. At the Pioneer Classic, the Bruins were tied for second place after two rounds before being edged on the final day by Pepperdine and Oklahoma State for second and first place, respectively.
UCLA ended the 1998 Fall season with a solid third place finish at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. Three Bruins placed among the tournaments top 20. The Bruins tied for ninth at the Stanford Womens Intercollegiates. The Bruins placed 17th in the Bama Fall Preview, hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Tulsa Country Club. UCLA finished 10th in the annual Dick McGuire Invitational, hosted by the University of New Mexico in September. The Bruins placed two individuals among the top 20.
UCLA was ranked 20th in the final MasterCard poll on May 26th.
Alexandra Gasser Finished the season with a 77.9 average in 30 rounds this season. She tied for third at the Rainbow Invitational with a 54-hole score of 216. Her second round 70, (two-under par) was a collegiate best. Her rounds of 73 and 72 in the first and final rounds, respectively, represented two of her seven best scores of the year. At the Regional Challenge, she posted her second straight top 20 finish with a 54-hole total of 229 to tie for 12th. She tied for the team lead with five top 20 finishes. She also recorded one top 10 finish and one round under par.
She began this season by tying for 17th place at the McGuire Invitational, highlighted by an even par 73. She equalled that score with an even par 73 in the first round at Stanford. She recorded her fourth top 20 finish of the season by tying for 18th place at the LSU Fairwood event. In the final round of the ASU tournament, she shot a par 72 to tie for 26th. She captured 11th place at the Peg Barnard Invitational with a 36-hole total of 155. Gasser was ranked 80th nationally in the final MasterCard poll on May 26th.
Amanda Moltke-Leth She placed fourth at the LSU Fairwood Invitational, her best finish of the season. She tied for 12th at the Peg Barnard event with a one over par 74 in the final round. She tied for 17th at the Rainbow event and fired a season best score of 72 in the final round. Recorded her second top 20 finish by tying for 20th at the Pioneer Classic at 232. Tied for 24th at the Stanford tournament. She finished the year with an average of 77.4 in 30 rounds. Two-time First-Team Conference USA transfer from the University of Memphis, where she won four individual titles, including three as a freshman in 1996-97.
Leilani Bagby Recorded her best finish as a collegian, tying for 12th at the Peg Barnard event with a two-round total of 156. Captured 13th place two weeks later at the Pac-10 Championships with a 54-hole total of 224 that featured a second round 73, establishing a single round collegeiate best. Tied for 14th at the McGuire Invitational. Tied for 23rd at the Regional Challenge, which included a first round score of 74, three over par. Tied for 31st at the Pioneer event, her second best finish of the season. Has three top 20 finishes. Tied for 26th at the LSU event. Finished the season with an average of 77.9 in 30 rounds.
Laura Moffat Recorded a collegiate best finish by tying for third at the Pioneer Classic with a three-round total of 224. After an opening round of 80, she played the final 36 holes in even par, including a career best one-under par 71 on the second day. She captured 14th place at the Rainbow tournament, improving her scores each round (76-73-72221). Her previous best finish (tied for 18th) was recorded at the ASU/Ping Invitational last Spring. Finished the season with an average of 80.4 in 27 rounds. During the season, she was ranked as high as 94th nationally in the MasterCard poll (March 17).
Julie Oh fired a career best 74 in the first round of the McGuire Invitational.
Garance Dilan Winner of the 1998 Paris Championships, she played in her first collegiate tournament and finished in a tie for 48th at the Pioneer Classic. In her second collegiate tournament, she finished in a tie for 66th at the ASU event.
Giulia Sergas She recorded her best collegiate finish by tying for third place at the Pac-10 Championships. After a first round 75, she played the final 36 holes in one-under par (71-72). She placed ninth at the ASU event, firing a final round par 72 at the Karsten GC. She also tied for 13th at the LSU Fairwood tournament, tied for 17th at 245 at the Pioneer Classic and tied for 20th at the Peg Barnard event.
This newcomer fired a first round par 71 at the Regional Challenge, where she tied for 27th with a 54-hole total of 232. She led the team with a stroke average of 76.0 in 19 rounds. She also led the Bruins with two top 10 finishes, five top 20 finishes and two rounds under par. She was ranked 68th in the final MasterCard poll on May 26th. A freshman from Trieste, Italy, Sergas enrolled at UCLA for the Winter Quarter. She is a six-time winner of the Italian Championship and a winner of the 1998 European Ladies Championship.
The Hall of Fame coach will retire on June 30, 1999 after 22 years. She guided the Bruins to the 1991 NCAA Championship and 43 career tournament victories. She is the only collegiate coach to win the prestigious Rolex/Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award twice, most recently on Jan. 27, 1999. She was selected as the 1996 NCGA Coach of the Year and voted the 1989 LPGA Coach of the Year. She also has received six regional coach of the year awards. Finally, she has been a pioneer in promoting the collegiate womens game, serving on the California State Amateur Committee, the Rolex Coaches Council and the six-member Rolex Executive Committee for the College Golf Foundation.
1998-99 UCLA Women's Golf Final Averages
Leilani Bagby, So., Santa Monica (77.9) Garance Dilan, So., Paris, France (81.3) Alexandra Gasser, Jr., Crans-Montaa, Switzerland (77.9) Amanda Moltke-Leth, Jr., Copenhagen, Denmark (77.4) Laura Moffat, So., West Kilbride, Scotland (80.4) Julie Oh, So., Torrance (80.6) Giulia Sergas, So., Trieste, Italy (76.0)
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