Aug. 11, 2005
The UCLA men's and women's golf programs were judged among the nation's best balanced in an independent survey conducted by Golf Digest in its September issue.
The men's team ranked No.1 in overall balance and the women's program secured the No.2 ranking. Golf, academics, climate, coaching and facilities were among the categories that were factored into each team's overall score.
The men's program scored 90.65, nearly half a point ahead of second-ranked Georgia Tech. The women's program scored 93.32, less than two points behind Duke. Both programs received identical scores of 98.0 for academics, 90.0 for coaching/facilities and 87.66 for climate. Their climate scores were among the highest of the Top 25 teams.
"In a short period of time both UCLA golf programs have risen to a position among the nation's elite," said Associate Athletic Director Glenn Toth, who oversees both teams. "It is a credit to the diligence, creativity and focus of coaches Carrie Forsyth and O. D. Vincent that Bruin golf enjoys such prestige. We are pleased to have two outstanding coaches. Both are at the top of their game."
Vincent, the 1999 GCAA Coach of the Year while at Washington, has guided the Bruins to a pair of top three national finishes in the last three years. In 2003, his first season at UCLA, he was voted the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Vincent's foresight also created UCLA's new practice facility and team performance center that allows players to congregate and practice on campus.
Forsyth, who assumed the coaching UCLA reigns six years ago, led the Bruins to the 2004 NCAA title. She was voted NGCA Coach of the Year that season and has earned Pac-10 Coach of the year honors three times while leading the Bruins to consecutive conference titles in 2003 and '04.
In the Golf First category, the UCLA women were ranked No.2 (behind Duke) and the men were rated fourth, the highest ranking of any Pac-10 school.
In rating the teams in the Golf category, magazine used each team's adjusted scoring average for the past four years and its performance in post-season play. In 2004 the Bruin men finished the season ranked first in the GolfStat poll, which averages several scoring factors. Between both programs, the Bruins have won five NCAA West Regional titles and three conference championships in the last four years, plus the 2004 NCAA title won by the women.
The Princeton Review's Admissions Selectivity Rating was used to calculate the Academics score. Climate Index was determined by using the monthly average high temperature and precipitation from September to May and the Coach/Facility index was judged by a Golf Digest panel as of May, 2005.