Second-Ranked Bruins Travel to UCF Challenge

March 8, 2008

The second-ranked UCLA women's golf team travels to the second annual UCF Challenge, hosted by the University of Central Florida at the RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.

The tournament runs from Mar. 9-11 and features 18 holes of stroke play per day. The course measures 6,301 yards with a par of 72.

The Bruins won two of four events in the Fall and placed third twice. In two Winter events, UCLA won the Regional Challenge and placed sixth at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.

UCLA's trip to Florida represents its first visit to the Sunshine State since placing third at the 2007 NCAA Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla.

"We've never played RedTail, but I understand it's a great golf course," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "We won't be at a disadvantage because last year's event was played at a different venue."

Included in the 18-team field are top-ranked Duke, the defending champion, No.4 USC, No.5 Florida and No.8 Arkansas. In all, 12 teams in the field are ranked in GolfWeek's Top 25 this week.

Individually, the field includes the nation's top three ranked players in Duke's Amanda Blumenherst, who won medalist honors at this event last season, Arkansas' Stacy Lewis and UCLA's Tiffany Joh.

At the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, Duke finished third behind USC and Oklahoma State. The Bruins' posted an uncharacteristically high second round (321, +37) in windy conditions.

"Based on our final round at the Wildcat (295, +11), we know we can play in the wind," said Forsyth. "I expect our experience and results to be better at this tournament."

In addition to Joh, who is ranked third nationally this week, the UCLA contingent includes junior captain Ryann O'Toole, sophomore Sydnee Michaels and freshmen Maria Jose Uribe and Glory Yang. Michaels, who tied for 20th at the Arizona event, is ranked 21st in the country. Uribe, the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur champion, is ranked 19th nationally and Yang, who tied for 16th in Arizona, is ranked 10th.

Joh, the reigning Pac-10 champion, has finished no worse than 13th in any tournament this season. She leads the team with five Top 10 finishes, eight rounds under par and a scoring average of 72.0. In October, she won her second career tournament, tying for first place with Uribe for the title at the Kent Youel Invitational in Hawaii.

Yang ranks second on the team with a scoring average of 73.0. She has placed among the Top 20 individuals in each of her six starts. Her best finish was a tie for second at the Regional Challenge that the Bruins won in February.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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