Sept. 16, 2002
The 2002-03 UCLA women's golf season begins today at the Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, OR, and the Bruins boast a young and talented team.
Eight letter-winners return from last year's NCAA West Regional championship squad, which lost just one player - senior Alicia Um - to graduation.
The Bruins welcome two newcomers this season in freshman Susie Mathews and junior transfer Hana Kim. Mathews is a veteran international standout from Australia and Kim boasts more than 65 collegiate rounds after earning two varsity letters at Northwestern.
Also returning for fourth-year Coach Carrie Leary are junior Gina Umeck and sophomore Yvonne Choe, each an all-conference selection last season. Junior Melissa Martin, who boasts more than 20 collegiate appearances, led the team last season in rounds played and earned all-conference academic honors.
Junior Saki Uechi, who has 41 rounds of experience, also qualified to play at the Bruins' opening event. She has three career Top 20 finishes.