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Women's Golf Travels To Oregon For Pac-10 Championships
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  04/20/2000

April 20, 2000

1999-2000 UCLA Women's Golf Averages
Leilani Bagby, Jr., Santa Monica (76.6)
Bridget Dwyer, Fr., Kailua, HI (79.5)
Jamie Kim, Fr., Beverly Hills (79.5)
Amanda Moltke-Leth, Sr., Copenhagen, Denmark (73.5)
Laura Moffat, Jr., West Kilbride, Scotland (75.3)
Julie Oh, Jr., Torrance (83.1)
Vivan Phosomran, Fr., Long Beach (79.8)
Alicia Um, So., Newbury Park (78.5)

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Upcoming Events : The UCLA women's golf team, ranked 14th in the CGF MasterCard rankings and 20th in the Sagarin poll, will participate in the 14th Annual Pacific-10 Women's Golf Championships hosted by Oregon, Apr. 24-26 at the Eugene Country Club.

Team Update : The Bruins won their first tournament in more than three years when they placed first in the Rainbow Wahine Fall Classic, Nov. 8-10 at the Kapolei Golf Resort on Oahu. After their third place finish at Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford, the Bruins extended their streak to six straight top 10 finishes. The Bruins captured third at the Pioneer Bruin Classic, Mar. 12-14, fifth at the Fall Preview in September and finished ninth at the TRW Regional Challenge, Feb. 7-9. On Feb. 23, UCLA finished 10th in the Arizona Invitational. They placed 13th at the Stanford Intercollegiates in October.

Senior Amanda Molte-Leth: Leads the team with a 73.5 stroke average in 26 rounds. She was ranked eighth in the Apr. 19 MasterCard poll and 14th in the Sagarin rankings for Apr. 19. In her best outing, she won the Peg Barnard Invitational by two shots over USC's Candie Kung and Washington's Kellie Kamimura. The victory was her fifth as a collegian, but first at UCLA. Earlier in the year, tied for first with teammate Laura Moffat at the Rainbow Wahine event, but lost in a playoff. She also tied for second at the Fall Preview and tied for fifth at the McGuire Invitational with a one-under par score of 218. At the PING/ASU event, she tied for sixth place after posting a final round, one-under par 71. She has a streak of six straight tournaments in which she has placed among the top 10 individually. At the Arizona Invitational, she fired a second round, four-under par 68 en route to a tie for ninth place at 214, two-under par. The 68 tied her collegiate best, which she shot as a freshman at Memphis. She recorded a fifth top 10 finish by tying for 10th place at the Regional Challenge. At UCLA's Pioneer Classic, she finished 14th and fired a one-under par 71 in the first round. She tied for 24th at the Stanford event in the fall. All 27 of her rounds this season have counted toward the team's score. She leads the team with four top five finishes, seven top 10 finishes and six rounds under par, including one round under 70.

The Juniors
Leilani Bagby : Has averaged 76.6 in 23 rounds. In her best collegiate finish at the Pioneer, she tied for second place with a two-over par score of 75-72-71:218. Her final round score of 71 was her first collegiate round under par. At the Peg Barnard Invitational, she tied for 13th place at 154. She also tied for 14th at the Rainbow Wahine, tied for 24th at the Stanford tournament and tied for 31st at the Fall Preview. This week, she was ranked 87th in the MasterCard poll and 95th in the Sagarin rankings. All of her rounds have counted in team competition this season.

Laura Moffat : Won her first collegiate tournament by winning a two-hole sudden-death playoff with teammate Amanda Moltke-Leth and Hawaii's Melanie Matsumura at the Rainbow Wahine Classic. She captured 15th place at the Pioneer Classic with scores of 76-75-75:226. She also tied for 16th place at the PING/ASU tournament, tied for 19th at the Peg Barnard Invitational, tied for 18th at the Fall Preview and tied for 20th at the Arizona Invitational. At the Arizona event, she recorded a one-under par 71 in the second round, a collegiate best. She also finished 29th at the Regional Challenge, where she posted a 73 in the final round. She improved her overall season stroke average to 75.3 in 23 rounds with 100% of her scores counting toward the team score. She improved to 51st in the Sagarin rankings on Apr. 19th and was ranked 61st in the CGF MasterCard poll on Apr. 20.

Julie Oh : Has averaged 83.1 in 12 rounds this season and tied for 70th at the McGuire Invitational. Her best round of the season was a 77 in the second round at that event.

Sophomore Alicia Um : Has averaged 78.5 in 20 rounds this season. Best score of 74 was posted in the first round of the Arizona Invitational. She recorded her best finish of the season, tied for 23rd, at the Pioneer Classic. In her last five starts she has averaged 76.5 strokes per round with 13 of the 14 scores counting toward the team total. Her percentage of rounds used has increased to 75% in her last 12 rounds.

The Freshmen
Bridget Dwyer : Earned a spot on the travel roster by qualifying for the Arizona Invitational. Fired a collegiate best score of 76 in the first round of the Arizona event. Also travelled to the PING/ASU Tournament and matched her collegiate best in the first round before tying for 79th place. Played as an individual in the Pioneer Classic and tied for 58th. She is averaging 79.5 in nine rounds.

Jamie Kim : Has averaged 79.5 in 15 rounds this season. Tied for 38th at the Peg Barnard Invitational to record her best collegiate finish. Played as an individual at the Regional Challenge and fired a final round 73, her collegiate best. Played as an individual in the Pioneer Classic and tied for 49th. Tied for 65th at the Fall Preview

Vivan Phosomran : Has averaged 80.1 in 15 rounds this season. Best finish was a tie for 33rd at the Rainbow Wahine event. She also tied for 40th playing as an individual in the Stanford Intercollegiates. Tied for 46th at the Pioneer Classic, playing as an individual. Best score of 74 was posted in the first round at the Rainbow event.

Head Coach Carrie Leary : The first-year coach guided the Bruins to their first team title in three years at the Rainbow Wahine Fall Classic. She opened her UCLA coaching career by leading the Bruins to a surprising fifth place finish at the 1999 Fall Preview hosted by Oregon State. This week the Bruins are ranked 14th nationally by the CGF in the MasterCard poll, their highest ranking under Leary. Already this season the Bruins have improved their team stroke average by five strokes from last season. The 28-year old coach served three seasons at Cal State Northridge where she earned 1998-99 Big Sky Coach of the Year honors and improved the Matadors' scores 31 strokes during her tenure. Leary joined the Bruins as a walk-on player in 1989, earned a scholarship and played in 11 of 12 tournaments as a freshman, including UCLA's 1990 Pac-10 championship team. She was also a member of UCLA's 1991 NCAA Championship team.

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