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.