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UCLA Prepares to Host Pioneer Classic
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  06/21/1999

Feb. 12, 1998

Team Update: On Feb. 23-25, UCLA will host the annual Pioneer Electronics/Bruin Classic at Menifee Lakes CC. The Bruins competed in the Regional Challenge, Feb. 9-11, at the Palos Verdes CC and finished 8th at 912.

Senior Amandine Vincent won her first tournament in three years, capturing medalist honors at the Dick McGuire Invitational with a four-under par score of 215 (72-73-70; par 73). As a sophomore transfer in 1995, she tied for first at the same course, shooting a five-under par score of 214. At the Regional Challenge, she finished in a tie for 14th. At the Rolex Fall Preview, Vincent finished in a tie for 17th place at 226. At the Golf World event, she finished in a tie for 19th with a score of 229. She leads the team with a stroke average of 74.4. She was ranked ninth nationally in the last Golfstat Cup rankings (Nov. 3) with 72.62 adjusted average. She was also ranked fourth in subpar strokes per round (3.33) and fifth in par 5 scoring (4.80).

Sophomore Alexandra Gasser, the second returnee from last year's NCAA fivesome, is averaging 77.8, fourth best on the team. She posted her best collegiate finish at the McGuire Invitational, tying for 20th place with a 227 (77-77-73). She finished tied for 35th (230) at the Regional Challenge. At the Golf World tournament, she tied for 45th and at the Rolex Fall Preview she finished in a tie for 56th.

Alicia Um is the only freshman on the Bruin roster to have competed in every one of the Bruins' stroke play tournaments. She ranks second on the team with a stroke average of 77.5 in 12 rounds. She has posted three scores of 74. In the year-end rankings (Nov. 3), she ranked sixth in total short game.

Freshmen Laura Moffat from West Kilbride, Scotland, is averaging 80.0 in four collegiate rounds. Moffat's low round of 76 was recorded at the McGuire Invitational. She was unable to compete in the first two rounds at the Golf World Invitational because of illness. Freshman Julie Oh is averaging 79.6 in three rounds. Her best round of 77 was shot at the Fall Preview.

Senior Betty Chen is averaging 79.0 in three rounds, but improved every score at the McGuire Invitational with a low round of 77. She also participated in the Regional Challenge and finished 61st.

The Pioneer Electronics UCLA Golf Classic is a 54-hole stroke play event hosted by UCLA and played at Menifee Lakes Country Club. Menifee Lakes CC was built in 1990 and designed by Ted Robinson. The Bermuda Grass, desert style course plays to 5,435 yards from the red tees with a rating of 72.4, slope of 122 and par of 72. The field includes three-time Pioneer Classic champion and fifth ranked Tulsa, defending NCAA champion Arizona State, locals Pepperdine, San Diego State, Cal State Northrdige and USC, Pac-10 opponents Oregon, Oregon State and Stanford, Big 12 representatives Texas, Teexas Tech, Oklahoma and Nebraska, plus New Mexico, New Mexico State, BYU and Tennessee.

Results Dissemination: Daily 18-hole results will be faxed to each participating school at approximately 4 p.m. Pacific Time following each day's competition. UCLA golf contact Rich Bertolucci will be on site for the duration of the tournament and can be reached by calling the Pro Shop at (909) 672-3090. The head professional at Menifee Lakes is Stan Gonzalez.

UCLA Women's Golf Quick Facts
1997-98 Bruin Stroke Averages:

Jill Axelrod, Jr., San Francisco
Leilani Bagby, Fr., Santa Monica (77.6)
Betty Chen, Sr., Palos Verdes Estates (79.3)
Alexandra Gasser, So., Crans-Montana, Switzerland (77.8)
Laura Moffat, Fr., West Kilbride, Scotland (80.0)
Julie Oh, Fr., Torrance (79.6)
Alicia Um, Fr., Newbury Park (77.5)
Amandine Vincent, Sr., Neuily, France (74.4)

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