Seven Former and Current UCLA Players Earn Spots in U.S. Women's Open

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.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Sunday, Feb 07
vs. Northrop Grumman ...
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Story
Monday, Feb 08
vs. Northrop Grumman ...
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Story
Tuesday, Feb 09
vs. Northrop Grumman ...
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
T-5th (+26, 878)
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
Story
Monday, Feb 22
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
Story
Tuesday, Feb 23
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
T-6th (+17, 881)
Monday, Feb 29
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
1st (+4, 868)
Monday, Mar 21
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 22
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Story
Wednesday, Mar 23
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
3rd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
1st (-2, 286)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
Story
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
2nd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 08
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
1st (-12, 852)
Monday, Apr 18
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Tuesday, Apr 19
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Wednesday, Apr 20
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
2nd (-15, 849)
Thursday, May 05 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Friday, May 06 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Saturday, May 07 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Friday, May 20 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Saturday, May 21 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 22 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Monday, May 23 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Tuesday, May 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Wednesday, May 25 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS