Feb. 18, 2005
UCLA's defending NCAA champion women's golf team travels to the Arizona Wildcat Invitational next week in hopes of capturing its first victory of the spring season.
At their last event, the Bruins came up two strokes shy of winning the Regional Challenge at the Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes. Last season, the Arizona Wildcat Invitational was the only spring tournament the Bruins did not win.
"We're looking forward to having the best tournament finish in our team's history in this event," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "Our goal is to play three solid team rounds, and if we do that, chances are we will finish on top."
The Bruins have not won this tournament since 1993, and last season marked one of their highest finishes in more than 10 years. UCLA will be represented by two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and a freshman.
The Arizona tournament marks the first appearance in the lineup since October for senior Melissa Martin. Martin recorded her highest collegiate finish in nearly three years when she tied for sixth at the Regional Challenge, playing as an individual. She has a scoring average of 75.3 in nine rounds this season.
Senior All-America Charlotte Mayorkas, ranked 10th nationally, leads the team with a 73.2 scoring average and four Top 10 finishes. She finished second at the Regional Challenge, an event she won the previous year.
Junior All-America Susie Mathews tied for sixth at Palos Verdes after firing a first round 70. She boasts three Top 10 finishes, including a runnerup finish at the Mason Rudolph tournament, and four rounds under par. She is ranked 15th nationally entering this event.
Sophomore Hannah Jun also earned All-America honors last season after winning the NCAA West Regionals. This season she has three Top 20 finishes in 18 rounds.
Freshman Amie Cochran, ranked 26th in the country, won the Kent Youel Invitational in Hawaii in October. Cochran boasts three Top 10 finishes, four rounds under par, and a team-leading 94 percent of her rounds have been counters. Last summer, she fired a 62 (-10) at Arizona National and tied for second in the I.R.I Arizona National Junior event.
"This is a course on which Amie obviously feels comfortable," said Forsyth.
Freshman Vanessa Brockett will compete at this event as an individual. In 18 rounds, she has a scoring average of 76.5.