May 4, 2005
UCLA's defending NCAA champion women's golf team travels to Las Cruces, NM for the 2005 NCAA West Regional Women's Golf Championship, hosted by New Mexico State, May 5-7.
New Mexico State's University Golf Course measures 6,319 yards and carries a par of 72.
The Bruins, who won their second straight Pac-10 Championship on Apr. 20, have won four consecutive tournaments and are ranked No.2 nationally by GolfWeek.
"We are looking forward to very challenging competition at the NCAA West Regionals," said UCLA Head Coach Carrie Forsyth, who was voted Pac-10 Coach of the Year two weeks ago for the third time in six years. "The west region has the strongest field of the three regionals being played next week. However, I am very confident that our team will play well, and our goal is to bring home another team victory."
Last year UCLA won the NCAA West Regional at Stanford by seven shots. Hannah Jun, then a freshman, won medalist honors with a 54-hole score of 209 (-7). The victory was Jun's first collegiate title and she later earned 2nd Team All-America honors from the NGCA. Charlotte Mayorkas finished third at last year's regional event and Susie Mathews tied for 11th place.
Forsyth has guided UCLA to six straight regional berths, and the Bruins won titles in 2002 and '04. UCLA has advanced to the NCAA Championship under Forsyth five consecutive times, and boasts four straight Top 5 finishes.
Overall, the Bruins have competed in the NCAA Regional Championship every year since the format was introduced in 1993. They have qualified for the NCAA Championship nine times through this process. In 2005, the top nine teams will qualify for the NCAA Championship, May 17-20 at Crosswater GC in Bend, OR.
Included in the west regional field is SEC powerhouse Georgia, which won the NCAA title in 2002 and was ranked No.2 in some polls this week. Also included are Big 12 champion Oklahoma State, two-time NCAA champion Arizona and Pac-10 rival USC, the 2003 NCAA champion.
"Our goal [at the regional] is to secure a bid to the NCAA Championship," said Forsyth. "We are looking forward to playing the new layout at New Mexico State, and our players are confident in their ability and in the ability of the team to finish this season at the top of collegiate golf."