May 17, 2004
The second-ranked UCLA women's golf team, the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference and NCAA West Regional champion, travels to the NCAA Championships, May 19-21 at the Auburn National Golf Course.
UCLA won its only national championship in women's golf in 1991, the last year the Bruins won the Pac-10 Championship. Head Coach Carrie (Leary) Forsyth was a member of these teams.
The Bruins won their second regional title in three years by seven shots over conference rival California at the Stanford Golf Course. The victory was the Bruins' fifth straight and sixth of the season. UCLA's 861 (-3) was the lowest score of any of the three regional winners.
In addition, freshman Hannah Jun won her first collegiate title by outlasting Ohio State's Allison Hanna. Jun posted a 54-hole score of 209 (-7) to beat Hanna by two shots.
UCLA's berth into the NCAA Championships is its fourth straight in the five-year Forsyth Era. This season, the No.2 ranked Bruins have won six tournaments, including five straight (four straight 54-hole events). They are averaging 292.1 strokes per round as a team, more than eight shots better than last year's squad, which finished in a tie for fifth place. Eight current members of the 2004 team have earned All-Pac-10 honors at least once during their careers.
"We are ready to play nationals," said Forsyth. "This what you practice for, what you are playing for, and it's nice to be going. We are ready and peaking at the right time."
Junior All-American Charlotte Mayorkas has cemented herself as one of the nation's best collegiate golfers. She has won four individual titles, ranks No.2 nationally and was voted the Pac-10's Player of the Year. She has finished among the Top 20 in every appearance this season and all 31 of her rounds have counted in team scoring.
In addition, the Bruins boast sophomore Susie Mathews, the nation's 10th ranked player and freshman Hannah Jun, ranked 15th nationally after her victory at the regionals. Seniors Krystal Shearer and Gina Umeck complete the Bruins' lineup.
Shearer was ranked 24th nationally last week, and Umeck is the Bruins' most experienced post-season player with 12 career rounds at the NCAA Championships.