May 20, 2003
The 10th ranked UCLA women's golf team travels to West Lafayette, IN, for the 21st NCAA Women's Golf Championship, May 20-23, at the Kampen Course, hosted by Purdue University and the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.
The Kampen Course will play to a par of 72 over 6,300 yards. Tournament format will be 72 holes of stroke play over four days. The lowest team and individual scores at the end of the four-round tournament will be declared national champions.
The 24-team field features several of the nation's top ranked teams, including regional champions Duke (East), California (Central) and USC (West). UCLA is ranked eighth this week by GolfStat.
Also competing are many of the nation's top ranked players, including No.1 Erica Blasberg of Arizona, second ranked Katherine Hull of Pepperdine and No.3 Mikaela Parmlid of USC. UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas is ranked 10th.
"We are definitely looking forward to the NCAA Championships," said Head Coach Carrie Leary. "This is the tournament we have set our sights on all season long."
In four seasons, Leary has guided the Bruins to three NCAA berths, finishing in a tie for fifth in 2001. Overall, this will be UCLA's 16th appearance in the NCAA tournament, which began in 1982. UCLA won its only NCAA team championship in women's golf in 1991 when Leary was a sophomore.
For the Bruins, Mayorkas will play in the No.1 position. She won the ASU Invitational at the Karsten Courseon Apr. 6 with scores of 66-71-72-209, seven under par. Her first round 66 and her 54-hole total set school records. She leads the Bruins with a scoring average of 73.8 and boasts seven straight Top 20 finishes, tying for 16th at the NCAA West Regional, May 10. She earned First-Team All-Pac-10 honors on Apr. 28.
Freshman Susie Mathews earned Second-Team All-Pac-10 honors and ranks second on the team in scoring average. She boasts two Top 10 finishes among her three Top 20 finishes. Mathews tied for sixth two weeks ago at the NCAA West Regional, firing a final round, four-under par score of 68.
Juniors Hana Kim and Gina Umeck each earned all-conference honorable mention honors. Umeck ranks third on the team in scoring average at 75.6, has five Top 20 finishes and ranks 110th nationally. Kim has an average of 76.2, ranks 111th nationally and has four Top 20 finishes. Umeck finished 23rd at the West Regional.
Junior Melissa Martin tied for 16th at the Pac-10 Championship and ranks 167th in the country. She will be competing in her third straight NCAA tournament.