Feb. 5, 2004
The UCLA women's golf team prepares to begin the 2004 season as the nation's second ranked team after finishing among the top six in all five of its 2003 Fall tournaments.
The Bruins will lead off the second half of their season by participating in the Regional Challenge, hosted by Ohio State at the Palos Verdes Country Club, Feb. 9-11.
"The Regional Challenge is a great event to kick off our schedule," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "The field [for the tournament] is very strong, but I have been impressed by our practice sessions. Our new on-campus practice facility has allowed our players to sharpen the games. Our team is very well prepared."
As a team, the Bruins are averaging 294.3 strokes per round, nearly six shots better than last season's average. In addition, the Bruins' 54-hole score of 859 (-3) at the Stanford event set a school record. UCLA's score of 281 (-7) in the first round of the Mason Rudolph Championship broke the single round school scoring record set last season at the Arizona State Invitational.
Individually, the Bruins boast seven veteran players who have earned a minimum of all-conference honorable mention acclaim at least once in their UCLA careers, including First-Team All-American Charlotte Mayorkas.
Mayorkas, a junior, leads the team with a stroke average of 72.8, three Top 10 finishes and four rounds under par. She is currently ranked ninth nationally.
Sophomore Susie Mathews, a Second-Team All-Pac-10 selection last season, ranks second on the team with a stroke average of 73.7. In 12 rounds played, she boasts one Top 10 finish and three rounds under par.
Freshman Hannah Jun fired an opening round 67 (-5) at the Mason Rudolph Championships, one stroke off the school record that Mayorkas set last season. Jun is averaging 76.0 in nine rounds with two rounds under par.
Senior Gina Umeck, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, ranks third on the team at 74.8 after nine rounds. She tied for 18th at the Stanford Intercollegiates and tied for 23rd at the Mason Rudolph event.
Senior Krystal Shearer will be participating in her first event of the season. As a junior last season, she tied for 19th at the Pac-10 Championships, playing as an individual. She also recorded a career-best finish by tying for 11th place at the UCLA-hosted Pioneer Classic.