Nov. 12, 2004
Three outstanding high school golfers, including the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, have signed National Letters of Intent to attend UCLA in the fall of 2005, the athletic department announced today.
Jane Park, 17, of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, won the 2004 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at the Kahkwa Club in Erie, PA in August with a 2-up victory over Amanda McCurdy. Park, the fourth-ranked amateur in the nation, also led the United States to a tie for second place at the Women's World Amateur Team Championships last month in Puerto Rico. Individually, she finished third at four-under par 284. She was also a member of the 2004 U.S. Curtis Cup team that retained the cup in matches this summer against Great Britain and Ireland.
"Jane Park is possibly the best amateur in the country," said Forsyth, the 2004 National Golf Coaches Assn. Coach of the Year. "She has the strongest record of any recruit we've ever signed.
Forsyth continued, "She's a phenomenal player to have in our program."
The Bruins also received a National Letter of Intent signature from 2004 First-Team AJGA All-American Tiffany Joh of San Diego's Rancho Bernardo High School. Over the summer, Joh won three AJGA events, including the Lennar Junior at Mission Hills with a six-under par score of 210 and the Family Toyota/Honda Junior with a two-under par score of 214. Ranked ninth nationally among U.S. junior golfers, she also recorded two other Top 5 finishes during the summer on the AJGA circuit.
"Tiffany Joh is the ideal UCLA student-athlete," said Forsyth, who guided the Bruins to the 2004 NCAA title. "She's got lots of talent, she's a great student and a good fit for UCLA and our program."
Ryann O'Toole, a talented player from San Clemente High School, completes the 2005 class for UCLA. O'Toole recorded four Top 20 finishes on the AJGA circuit in 2004, including a tie for eighth at the Transamerica Junior in Evergreen, CO.
"Ryann is a great young player, and UCLA will be a place for her to continue to develop her game," said Forsyth. "We are so happy that she is joining the program, and expect her to develop into a top player during her college career."