April 23, 2003
The 13th ranked UCLA women's golf team travels to Corvallis, Ore., for the 17th annual Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championships, Apr. 24-26, at Trysting Tree Golf Club.
Trysting Tree will play to a par of 72 over 6,160 yards. Ranked as the third best collegiate course on the West Coast, Trysting Tree hosted the 2002 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship and the 2001 NCAA Men's and Women's West Regionals.
The Pac-10 boasts three women's golf teams ranked among the nation's Top 10: No.5 USC, No.6 Arizona and No.8 California. Individually, the conference boasts three players ranked among the nation's Top 10: No.1 Erica Blasberg of Arizona, No.3 Mikaela Parmlid of USC and UCLA's Charlotte Mayorkas, ranked fifth.
The Bruins will be fielding a six-player team of four juniors, one sophomore and a freshman.
"We're confidant that this team will compete for the conference championship," said Head Coach Carrie Leary.
Mayorkas has been hot recently. She won her first collegiate tournament in her last outing, firing a seven-under par 209 to win the ASU Invitational. Her 54-hole score was a UCLA record as was her first round, six-under par 66. In her last five tournaments, she has finished among the Top 10 individuals. She leads the team with a scoring average of 73.5 in 20 rounds.
"Charlotte has emerged as our No.1 player," said Leary. "Her play is strong and she is scoring well."
For juniors Gina Umeck and Melissa Martin this will represent their third conference championship tournament. In her previous Pac-10 championship appearances Umeck tied for ninth place last year and tied for 18th as a freshman. Umeck ranks third on the team with a scoring average of 75.5. Martin last year tied for 22nd and finished 39th in 2001.
Juniors Hana Kim and Krystal Shearer and freshman Susie Mathews will be competing in their first Pac-10 championship tournament. Kim, a transfer from Northwestern, placed 12th at last year's Big-10 Championships and eighth in 2001. Recently, she has posted two impressive finishes, tying for 11th at the UCLA Pioneer Classic and tying for ninth at the ASU Invitational. Shearer, who will compete as an individual, also tied for 11th at the UCLA Classic and has played in a career best 14 rounds this season. Mathews tied for 23rd at the Pioneer event and tied for ninth at ASU. She ranks second on the team with a scoring average of 75.2.