March 18, 1999
Team Update - The Bruins recorded their best finish of the season at the LSU Fairwood Invitational, capturing second place. They began the 1999 Winter schedule with a third place finish at the Pioneer Electronics Bruin Classic and an eighth place finish at the Regional Challenge. At the LSU event, UCLA placed three players among the top 20 and finished three shots behind first place Duke, the nation's top-ranked team. At the Regional Challenge, the Bruins led by five strokes after the first round, but tough weather conditions hampered play over the final 36 holes. At the Pioneer Classic, the Bruins were tied for second place after two rounds before being edged on the final day by Pepperdine and Oklahoma State for second and first place, respectively. UCLA ended the 1998 Fall season with a solid third place finish at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. Three Bruins placed among the tournament's top 20 and the team's 54-hole score of 893 was its best of the season. The Bruins tied for ninth at the Stanford Women's Intercollegiates. The Bruins placed 17th in the Bama Fall Preview, hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Tulsa Country Club. UCLA finished 10th in the annual Dick McGuire Invitational, hosted by the University of New Mexico in September. The Bruins placed two individuals among the top 20. The Bruins are nationally ranked in two statistical categories: fairways hit, 3rd, .772; and greens in regulation, 7th, .583. In addition, UCLA was ranked 16th in the March 17 poll.
Next Tournament - The Bruins will travel to the ASU/PING Invitational, Apr. 2-4, at the Karsten Golf Course.
Alexandra Gasser - This returning two-year letterwinner is averaging 77.1 in 19 rounds this season. She tied for third at the Rainbow Invitational with a 54-hole score of 216. Her second round 70, (two-under par) was a collegiate best. Her rounds of 73 and 72 in the first and final rounds, respectively, represented two of her five best scores of the year. At the Regional Challenge, she posted her second straight top 20 finish with a 54-hole total of 229 to tie for 12th. She leads the team in top 20 finishes (4) and is tied for the team lead in top 10 finishes (1) and rounds under par (1). She began this season by tying for 17th place at the McGuire Invitational, highlighted by an even par 73. She equalled that score with an even par 73 in the first round at Stanford. She recorded her fourth top 20 finish of the season by tying for 18th place at the LSU Fairwood event. Gasser was ranked 56th nationally in the March 17 MasterCard poll.
Amanda Moltke-Leth - She placed fourth at the LSU Fairwood Invitational, her best finish of the season. She tied for 17th at the Rainbow event and fired a season best score of 72 in the final round. Recorded her second Top 20 finish by tying for 20th at the Pioneer Classic at 232. Tied for 24th at the Stanford tournament. Currently averaging 77.0 in 19 rounds which ranks second on the team. She was ranked 95th in the March 17 MasterCard poll. Two-time First-Team Conference USA transfer from the University of Memphis, where she won four individual titles, including three as a freshman in 1996-97.
Leilani Bagby - Recorded her best finish as a collegian, tying for 14th at the McGuire Invitational. Fired a first round 74 at the McGuire to match her best collegiate round. Tied for 23rd at the Regional Challenge, which included a first round score of 74, three over par. Tied for 31st at the Pioneer event, her second best finish of the season. Has a stroke average of 77.5 in 17 rounds. Tied for 26th at the LSU event. Currently averaging 77.8 in 19 rounds.
Laura Moffat - Recorded a collegiate best finish by tying for third at the Pioneer Classic with a three-round total of 224. After an opening round of 80, she played the final 36 holes in even par, including a career best one-under par 71 on the second day. She captured 14th place at the Rainbow tournament, improving her scores each round (76-73-72-221). Her previous best finish (tied for 18th) was recorded at the ASU/Ping Invitational last Spring. Her stroke average is 78.8 in 16 rounds. Moffat was ranked 94th nationally in the MasterCard poll on March 17. Julie Oh fired a career best 74 in the first round of the McGuire Invitational.
Alicia Um -The only freshman last season to compete in all of the Bruins' stroke play tournaments. Last year she posted seven scores of 74 or better with a top finish of tied for seventh at the Pac-10 Championships. She shot a two-under par 70 in the second round and an even par 72 in the final round. She also finished in a tie for 11th at the Stanford event (154) and tied for 16th at the Golf World Invitational (228). She has a career stroke average of 77.3 in 25 rounds.
Garance Dilan - Winner of the 1998 Paris Championships, she played in her first collegiate tournament and finished in a tie for 48th at the Pioneer Classic.
The FreshmanGiulia Sergas - She recorded her best collegiate finish by tying for 13th at the LSU Fairwood tournament. She also tied for 17th at 245 at the Pioneer Classic. This newcomer fired a first round par 71 at the Regional Challenge, where she tied for 27th with a 54-hole total of 232. She leads the team with a 76.6 stroke average in eight rounds. A freshman from Trieste, Italy, Sergas enrolled at UCLA for the Winter Quarter and has bolstered the lineup. She is a six-time winner of the Italian Championship and a winner of the 1998 European Ladies Championship.
Head Coach Jackie Tobian-Steinmann - The Hall of Fame coach will retire after the 1998-99 season, her 22nd. She guided the Bruins to the 1991 NCAA Championship and 43 career tournament victories. She is the only collegiate coach to win the prestigious Rolex/Gladys Palmer Meritorious Service Award twice, most recently on Jan. 27. She was selected as the 1996 NCGA Coach of the Year and voted the 1989 LPGA Coach of the Year. She also has received six regional coach of the year awards. Finally, she has been a pioneer in promoting the collegiate women's game, serving on the California State Amateur Committee, the Rolex Coaches Council and the six-member Rolex Executive Committee for the College Golf Foundation.
A Celebration of Champions
The UCLA Athletic Department will celebrate the Silver Anniversary of UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletics on May 1, 1999. "A Celebration of Champions" dinner will honor the accomplishments of the UCLA Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Program and its athletes over the past 25 years.
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