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Bruins Finish 14th At NCAA West Regionals
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/18/2000

May 18, 2000

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. UCLA ended its season by finishing 14th in the NCAA West Regionals, four shots shy of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. After a third place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, the Bruins extended their streak of top 10 finishes to seven. UCLA finished third at the Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford. 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.


Amanda Molte-Leth - Led the team with a stroke average of 73.5 in 32 rounds. She was ranked sixth in the May 17 MasterCard poll and 11th in the Sagarin rankings for May 15. She earned First Team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors. 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, she 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, tied for fourth at the Pac-10 Championships 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 eight straight tournaments in which she has placed among the top 20 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 tied for 10th place at the Regional Challenge. She tied for 10th at the NCAA West Regionals. 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 32 of her rounds this season counted toward the team's score. She led the team with five top five finishes, nine top 10 finishes and seven rounds under par, including one round under 70.

The Juniors

Leilani Bagby - Averaged 76.7 in 29 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 Pac-10 Championships she finished in a tie for 11th with a final round 73. 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. She recorded four top 20 finishes and 93% (27 of 29) of her rounds counted in team competition.

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 tied for 15th at the NCAA West Regionals. She also tied for 16th place at the PING/ASU tournament, tied for 17th at the Pac-10s, tied for 18th at the Fall Preview, tied for 19th at the Peg Barnard Invitational 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 finished the season with a stroke average of 74.8 in 29 rounds, almost a six shot improvement from her sophomore season. One hundred percent of her scores counted toward the team score. She was ranked 53rd in the Sagarin rankings on May 15th and was ranked 60th in the CGF MasterCard poll on May 17.

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


Alicia Um - Averaged 78.3 in 26 rounds this season. Best score of 73 was posted in the first round of the PING/ASU Invitational. She recorded her best finish of the season, tied for 23rd, at the Pioneer Classic. In her last six starts she averaged 76.8 strokes per round with 19 of the 20 scores counting toward the team total. Her percentage of rounds used increased to 81% in her last 20 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 averaged 79.5 in nine rounds.

Jamie Kim - Averaged 79.5 in 15 rounds. 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. Finished 58th at the Pac-10s and tied for 65th at the Fall Preview

Vivan Phosomran - Averaged 79.5 in 21 rounds. Best finish was a tie for 33rd at the Rainbow Wahine event. She also tied for 35th at the Pac-10s, tied for 40th in the Stanford Intercollegiates and tied for 46th at the Pioneer Classic. She played all three tournaments as an individual. Best score of 74 was posted in the first round at the Rainbow event and the second round of the NCAA West Regionals, where she tied for 92nd.

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. The Bruins were ranked as high as 14th nationally by the CGF in the MasterCard poll, their highest ranking under Leary. The Bruins improved their team stroke average by five strokes from last season and nearly every player improved her stroke average. 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.

Final 1999-2000 UCLA Women's Golf Averages
Leilani Bagby, Jr., Santa Monica (76.7)
Bridget Dwyer, Fr., Kailua, HI (79.5)
Jamie Kim, Fr., Beverly Hills (80.1)
Amanda Moltke-Leth, Sr., Copenhagen, Denmark (73.5)
Laura Moffat, Jr., West Kilbride, Scotland (74.8)
Julie Oh, Jr., Torrance (83.1)
Vivan Phosomran, Fr., Long Beach (79.5)
Alicia Um, So., Newbury Park (78.3)
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