May 24, 2004
Carrie Forsyth, who guided the UCLA women's golf team to the NCAA championship on Saturday, was voted national coach of the year, the National Golf Coaches Assn. announced Monday afternoon.
On Saturday, the Bruins won the 2004 NCAA title by three strokes over Oklahoma State at Auburn National Golf Course in Opelika, AL. UCLA, which led the tournament for the final three rounds, posted a team score of 1,148, four-under par.
On Friday, four of Forsyth's players earned NGCA All-America honors: junior Charlotte Mayorkas and sophomore Susie Mathews were named to the first-team, freshman Hannah Jun earned second-team honors and senior Krystal Shearer was voted honorable mention.
In Forsyth's five seasons, six different players have earned All-America honors, including Mayorkas, a two-time first-team All-American.
During the 2003-04 season, Forsyth coached the Bruins to six team titles, including the triple crown of collegiate golf: conference, regional and national championship. In the Forsyth Era, the Bruins have won 10 tournaments.
"I am extremely grateful to the (NGCA) committee for this award," said Forsyth, who earned a varsity letter on UCLA's first NCAA title team in 1991. "This honor belongs as much to me as it does to my players and staff. Everyone worked extremely hard to win this national championship."
In guiding the Bruins to their first title in 13 years, Forsyth's team improved its stroke average nearly nine shots from last season. Every returning player on the roster improved her scoring average.
The women's golf title represented UCLA's 92nd NCAA team championship, 25th NCAA title in women's athletics, and second national championship in the 2003-04 season.