June 15, 2006
Seven current and former UCLA golfers will tee it up at the 61st U.S. Women's Open later this month at Newport Country Club in Newport, RI.
The list includes a wide spectrum of players, from 13-year professional Kristal Parker-Manzo to incoming 18 year-old freshman recruit Sydnee Michaels.
Parker-Manzo, 41, will be playing in her seventh U.S. Open. A three-time All-American from 1985-87, she has been playing full-time on the LPGA Tour since 1995. Her best U.S. Open finish came in 1998 when she placed 61st.
Michaels, a senior at Lindfield Christian High School in Temecula, is the fifth ranked junior golfer in the country. She signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Bruins last November.
Current freshman Jane Park (Rancho Cucamonga HS/Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) and sophomore Amie Cochran (West HS/Torrance, Calif.) played for the Bruins this past season. Park, 19, won the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur. She received an exemption this year because of her 50th place finish at the 2005 Kraft Nabisco event. As a freshman in 2006, she earned consensus first-team All-America honors and was ranked sixth in the nation.
Cochran, 20, won the sectional qualifier at Hacienda Country Club on June 12. A two-time All-American with a pair of Top 10 NCAA finishes among her accomplishments, she is expected to turn professional at the Open.
Hana Kim (Brentwood School/Los Angeles, Calif.), 25, is a second-year non-exempt professional. As a rookie tour member last season, she recorded a career-best finish (T-29th) at the Trump National GC in the Office Depot Championship.
Charlotte Mayorkas, 22, was a three-time first-team All-American (2003-05) who won five collegiate titles and led the Bruins to the 2004 NCAA title. She has been playing on the Futures Tour since completing her undergraduate requirements in March, and ranks second on the money list after winning her first professional tournament last month.
Finally, LaRee Sugg, 36, played for the Bruins from 1988-91. In 1991, she sank a 25-foot putt on the first playoff hole at the NCAA Championship to propel the Bruins to their first NCAA title in women's golf. After 12-year professional career, she returned to her home state of Virginia and coached the women's golf team at the University of Richmond. She earned Colonial Athletic Assn. Coach of the Year honors in 2003. Since 2005, she has served as Richmond's Senior Woman's Administrator.