Women's Golf Team Prepares for NCAA West Regionals

May 9, 2002

The UCLA women's golf team, with seven top 10 finishes this season, will play in the NCAA West Regionals at the Stanford Golf Course, May 9-11.

Twenty-one teams from the West Region will vie for the right to participate in the NCAA Championships, May 21-24, at Washington National CC in Seattle. The top eight teams from each of the three regions will advance after 54 holes .

By virtue of their second place finish and strong schedule, the Bruins will enter the West Regional as the No.3 seed behind Pac-10 champion Arizona and rival Arizona State.

UCLA is ranked 16th nationally in the latest GolfWeek poll.

The Bruins will field a team of two freshmen, two sophomores and a senior for an event in which they finished fourth last season.

In their most recent tournament, the Bruins finished second at the Pac-10 Championship, hosted by Washington State at Walla Walla CC. Freshman Yvonne Choe, voted 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Newcomer of the Year, finished in a tie for fourth place. Head Coach Carrie Leary was voted conference Coach of the Year.

Three weeks ago in the Peg Barnard event hosted by Stanford, the Bruins finished eighth. Sophomore Gina Umeck tied for 21st place with a two-round total of 153. Umeck has finished in the top 10 in three of her last four tournaments, placing fourth at the Pioneer Bruin Classic in March, tying for sixth place at the PING/ASU Tournament, and tying for ninth at the conference championship. Voted all-conference honorable mention, Umeck ranks second on the team with a scoring average of 75.5.

Choe leads the team with a scoring average of 75.2. She posted a three-under par score of 69 in the final round of the ASU tournament to finish in a tie for 15th, and has placed among the top 20 in four of her last five events. Her finish at the Pac-10 Tournament was the highest for a UCLA individual since 2000.

Senior Alicia Um, an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection, is tied for second on the team with a 75.5 scoring average. She tied for 12th place at the conference tournament and tied for 24th at the ASU tournament. At the Stanford/Pepsi Invitational in October, Um fired a final round, three-under par score of 69 to tie for 11th place.

Sophomore Melissa Martin boasts one top 10 finish and two other top 20 finishes this season. She tied for 22nd at the conference championship. She is averaging 76.2 strokes per round, and a team-leading 89 percent of her scores have counted in team scoring.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Monday, Mar 21
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 22
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Story
Wednesday, Mar 23
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
3rd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
1st (-2, 286)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
Story
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
2nd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 08
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
1st (-12, 852)
Monday, Apr 18
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Tuesday, Apr 19
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Wednesday, Apr 20
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
2nd (-15, 849)
Thursday, May 05
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Friday, May 06
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Saturday, May 07
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
3rd (+1, 865)
Friday, May 20
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Saturday, May 21
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Sunday, May 22
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Monday, May 23
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
1st (-8, 1,144)
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Oregon
Eugene, OR
Won 4-0-1
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Washington
Eugene, OR
Lost 3-1-1
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS