Women's Golf Gets Set to Kick off 1999 Season

February 1, 1999

Team Update - UCLA ended the 1998 Fall season with a solid third place finish at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, Nov. 1-3 at the Princeville CC on the island of Kauai, HI. Three Bruins placed among the tournament's top 20 and the team's 54-hole score of 893 was its best of the season. On Oct. 23-25, the Bruins tied for ninth at the Stanford Women's Intercollegiates. The Bruins placed 17th in the Bama Fall Preview, hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Tulsa Country Club, Oct. 5-6. UCLA finished 10th in the annual Dick McGuire Invitational, hosted by the University of New Mexico, Sept. 24-26. The Bruins placed two individuals among the top 20. UCLA ended the Fall season ranked in a tie for 24th.

Next Tournament - The Bruins will participate in the annual Regional Challenge at the Palos Verdes Country Club, Feb. 8-10.

Results/Rankings For tournament results and rankings go to the official College Golf Foundation website at: http://chili.collegesportsnews.com/cgf/cgf.htm

The Juniors

Alexandra Gasser - Returning two-year letterwinner averaging 76.2 in 11 rounds this season. She "broke out" at the Rainbow Invitational with a collegiate best finish (tied for third), 54-hole score (216) and 18-hole round (70, two-under). Her rounds of 73 and 72 in the first and final rounds, respectively, represented two of her five best scores of the year. She now leads the team in stroke average, top 10 finishes (1) and top 20 finishes (2). She began this season by tying for 17th place at the McGuire Invitational, highlighted by an even par 73, matching her single round collegiate best at the time. She equalled that round with an even par 73 in the first round at Stanford.

Amanda Moltke-Leth - 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. Averaged 75.4 in 27 rounds last season and entered the 1998-99 campaign ranked 29th with a career scoring average of 75.8. Tied for 17th at the Rainbow event, her best finish as a Bruin and fired a season best of 72 in the final round. Tied for 24th at the Stanford tournament. Currently averaging 76.7 in 11 rounds to lead the team.

The Sophomores

Leilani Bagby - Recorded her best finish as a collegian, tying for 14th at the McGuire Invitational. Fired a first round 74 at the McGuire to match her best collegiate round. Tied for 37th at the Stanford event, her second best finish of the season. Has a stroke average of 77.6 in 11 rounds.

Laura Moffat - Recorded a collegiate best finish of 14th at the Rainbow tournament, improving her scores each round (76-73-72-221). The 72 she shot in the final round matched her career best recorded last year at the NCAA West Regionals. Her previous best finish (tied for 18th) was recorded at the ASU/Ping Invitational last Spring. Improved her stroke average more than two strokes to 77.3 in eight rounds after her strong showing in Hawaii. Julie Oh fired a career best 74 in the first round of the McGuire Invitational.

Alicia Um - The only freshman last season to compete in all of the Bruins' stroke play tournaments. Last year she posted seven scores of 74 or better with a top finish of tied for seventh at the Pac-10 Championships. She shot a two-under par 70 in the second round and an even par 72 in the final round. She also finished in a tie for 11th at the Stanford event (154) and tied for 16th at the Golf World Invitational (228). Um, who sat out the Fall schedule, is now eligible. She has a career stroke average of 77.3 in 25 rounds.

Giulia Sergas - A sophomore from Trieste, Italy, Sergas enrolled at UCLA for the Winter Quarter and is ready to compete. She is a six-time winner of the Italian Championship and a winner of the 1998 European Ladies Championship.

Garance Dilan - Winner of the 1998 Paris Championships, she is now eligible after adjusting to her college curriculum last quarter.

Head Coach Jackie Tobian-Steinmann - The Hall of Fame coach will retire after the 1998-99 season, her 22nd. 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. 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 women's game, serving on the California State Amateur Committee, the Rolex Coaches Council and the six-member Rolex Executive Committee for the College Golf Foundation.

A Celebration of Champions
The UCLA Athletic Department will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletics on May 1, 1999. "A Celebration of Champions" dinner will honor the accomplishments of the UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Program and its athletes over the past 25 years.

1998-99 UCLA Women's Golf Individual Results

                    Leilani    Garance    Alexandra    Laura     Amanda       Julie   Alicia 
Tournament           Bagby      Dilan       Gasser     Moffat    Moltke-Leth    Oh      Um
McGuire Invite        74          80          76         74   
Sept. 24-26           79          73          86         82
UNM (73)              76 T-17     78 T-17     75 T-41    84 T-51

Bama Fall Preview 83 81 82 78 84 Oct. 5-6 80 T-71 79 T-60 79 T-64 78 T-35 83 T-80 Tulsa CC (71)

Stanford Int. 78 73 80 75 80 Oct. 23-25 75 84 79 76 82 Stanford GC (73) 77 T-37 75 T-41 78 T-63 76 T-24 77 T-71

Rainbow Inv. 76 73 76 76 78 Nov. 1-3 79 70 73 76 84 Princeville CC (72) 77 T-42 73 T-3 72 14th 72 T-17 79 T-78

Total Strokes/Rnds 854/11 839/11 619/8 844/11 887/11 Stroke Average 77.6 76.2 77.3 76.7 80.6

Team Totals Tournament Wins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Top 10 Finishes 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 Top 20 Finishes 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 5 Rounds Under Par 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 Rounds Under 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

UCLA Women's Golf Quick Facts
Leilani Bagby, So., Santa Monica (77.6)
Garance Dilan, So., Paris, France
Alexandra Gasser, Jr., Crans-Montaa, Switzerland (76.2)
Amanda Moltke-Leth, Jr., Copenhagen, Denmark (76.7)
Laura Moffat, So., West Kilbride, Scotland (77.3)
Julie Oh, So., Torrance (80.6)
Giulia Sergas, So., Trieste, Italy
Alicia Um, So., Newbury Park

*ineligible until Winter, 1999

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