Second-ranked Bruins Aim for Third Straight Pac-10 Crown

April 21, 2006

The second-ranked UCLA women's golf team prepares to compete in the 20th Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championships, Apr. 24-26 at Oro Valley Country Club in Oro Valley, Ariz. The University of Arizona will serve as host of the 54-hole event.

Eighteen holes of stroke play will be contested each day with an awards ceremony and the announcement of the 2006 All-Pac-10 team to follow the completion of the event.

The Bruins enter the tournament as the conference's highest-ranked team with four tournament victories among their results, including two straight. UCLA also is the two-time defending conference champion.

"The Pac-10 Championship is always one of the highlights of our season," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "This year competition in the Pac-10 is stronger than it has been in a few years. Both Arizona State and USC have very strong teams."

Through April 17, seven of the conference's 10 teams were ranked among the nation's Top 30, including ASU at No. 3 and USC at No. 6.California was ranked 12th and host Arizona was 19th.

Under Forsyth, the Bruins have strung together four consecutive Top 3 finishes, including the past two conference crowns. In six previous seasons, the Bruins have recorded five Top 3s. In addition, 11 different players have earned all-conference honors during her tenure, four on the first team. Finally, Forsyth has been named conference coach of the year three times in six seasons, one shy of the record held by Hall of Fame coach Linda Vollstedt, formerly of Arizona State.

The UCLA lineup features two veteran All-Americans and three freshmen this spring. Two freshmen -- Jane Park and Tiffany Joh are ranked among the nation's Top 10 players. Sophomore Amie Cochran is ranked 16th.

Park, ranked fifth, is tied for the team lead in scoring average at 72.3. Her seven rounds under par and six rounds under 70 are team leaders. In seven appearances, she has placed second three times.

Joh, ranked eighth, is tied with Park for the team lead in scoring. All of her 15 rounds have been counters and she has placed among the Top 20 individuals in all six of her appearances.

Cochran ranks third with a 73.1 scoring average. She has strung together a pair of Top 5 finishes in her last two events, closing with a season-best score of 68 (-4) in her last round at the PING/ASU Invitational. Mathews, a two-time All-American on the course and three-time Scholar All-American, has a 73.9 scoring average and six straight Top 25 finishes. She has finished among the Top 25 individuals in the last three Pac-10 tournaments.

Freshman Ryann O'Toole will be playing in her first conference championship tournament. She has one Top 20 finish this season.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Monday, Feb 29
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
1st (+4, 868)
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