Sept. 21, 2006
The seventh-ranked UCLA women's golf team continues its season-opening road trip this week with a date in Daytona, FL. The Bruins will compete in the annual Fall Preview, hosted by the University of Central Florida, Sept. 22-24.
The LPGA Legends Course measures 6,339 yards and plays to a par of 72.
The Fall Preview annually features the strongest field in the country prior to the NCAA Championship, and this year's tournament confirms its reputation. Nine of the country's Top 10 teams and 17 of the Top 20 will battle for team and individual honors. Top-ranked and two-time defending NCAA champion Duke, second-ranked Arizona State, third-ranked Georgia, fourth-ranked Auburn and No. 5 Purdue highlight the field. Eighth-ranked USC and No. 18 California also represent the Pacific-10 Conference.
"This week at the Fall Preview we're hoping to continue our improvement," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth who began her eighth season. "Our primary goal is to familiarize ourselves with the course that is hosting the NCAA Championship next spring. Our other goals include continuing to compete with poise and control, and of course, playing well enough to be in contention for the win."
Last week at the Mason Rudolph Championship hosted by Vanderbilt, the Bruins finished third, nine shots behind first-place Duke and six back of runner-up Georgia. Having lost two underclass players over the summer to the professional ranks, Forsyth was forced to play two true freshmen. She was encouraged by the results.
"I was very pleased with our performance at the Mason Rudolph Championship," Forsyth commented. "Everyone contributed some good scores and we showed that we can still compete, even with a diminished roster."
Freshmen Sydnee Michaels and Lalita Boonnoppornkul competed last week in Tennessee. Michaels tied for 11th place at one-over par 217. Boonnoppornkul contributed one counting score, a two-over par 74 in the second round. Sophomore Tiffany Joh, tied for fourth, junior Hannah Jun tied for 16th and sophomore Ryann O'Toole tied for 33rd. These five players form the nucleus of Forsyth's 2006-07 squad. Just one other player, Maiya Tanaka, a junior walk-on, is expected to join the team when classes begin on Sept. 28.
"This is a great opportunity for our young players to develop and gain experience," said Forsyth.
Over the summer, sophomore and two-time All-American Amy Cochran and freshman first-team All-American Jane Park each left UCLA for the LPGA Tour. Cochran recorded her second straight Top finish at the NCAA Championship in June and Park tied for 10th at the U.S. Women's Open in July.