Aug. 30, 2004
UCLA senior Charlotte Mayorkas will compete as an amateur in the 83rd California State Open, Aug. 30-Sept. 3 at the SCGA Country Club in Murrieta. The California State Open is a professional event with a $125,000 purse sponsored by the Southern California Golf Assn. at its home course. Mayorkas will be the only female entered in the field and the first woman to play in the tournament in more than 30 years. "I'm really loking forward to it," said Mayorkas, a two-time All-American, who was a key member of the Bruins' NCAA championship team in May. "It's my home course, and I've played it from the championship tees many times." Earlier this month, Mayorkas made the cut as an amateur playing in the LPGA's Jamie Farr Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. She posted scores of 71-74-71-75--291 (+7) and tied for 57th place. At the U.S. Women's Amateur the following week, she tied for 30th in stroke play and lost in the first round of match play. In July, she won the California Women's State Championship by 12 shots at the Pala Mesa Resort. "I believe that this type of opportunity can only help Charlotte's game move forward," said UCLA Head Coach Carrie Forsyth, the 2004 NGCA Coach of the Year. "Charlotte is always looking for new ways to test her skills, and playing in this event is going to be a learning experience that will benefit her in many ways." "My goals are small," said Mayorkas. "I want to play well and make the cut. This will be a good experience. It can only improve my game." Mayorkas' only previous experience in a men's tournament came earlier this summer when she tried to qualify at the SCGA Amateur and missed the cut. The California State Open offers an exemption to the Pacific-10 Conference individual champion. Mayorkas won the 2004 Pac-10 women's individual title. Mayorkas finished the 2004 season ranked No.2 nationally. In addition to finishing fourth individually at the NCAA Championships, she won three other individual titles including the conference crown. She led the Bruins in scoring with a 71.6 average and recorded 10 straight Top 10 finishes. Finally, she set a school record by recording 35 straight counting scores in team competition. Several players with UCLA ties are among the 136-player field, including former UCLA All-Americans John Merrick and Travis Johnson, who turned professional this summer. Parker McLachlin, a 2002 UCLA graduate, and current men's Head Coach O.D. Vincent also will participate.