UCLA's Uribe to Play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship

April 2, 2008

UCLA freshman Maria Jose Uribe will participate in the LPGA's first major championship this weekend, receiving an exemption as the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion.

Uribe, 18, will play in the 72-hole Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The course plays to a par of 72 and measures more than 6,700 yards.

"We're awfully proud that Maria will be representing UCLA at the Kraft Nabisco Championship," said UCLA Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "While we'll miss her in the lineup this weekend, we couldn't be happier for her. She's earned it."

The top-ranked Bruins, coincidentally, will be playing at the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. this weekend, but Uribe, ranked 13th among U.S. collegiate players, won't be in the lineup.

As a benefit to winning the U.S. Women's Amateur title last August, Uribe will receive exemptions this year into several top USGA Championships as well as the LPGA's remaining three major championships: the LPGA McDonald's Championship, U.S. Women's Open and the Women's British Open.

Her participation in the Nabisco Championship is not her first appearance as an amateur in LPGA events. She has played in the last two U.S. Women's Open Championships.

Uribe joins former UCLA standouts Amy Alcott (assistant coach), Charlotte Mayorkas (UCLA '05), Jane Park and Giulia Sergas in this week's tournament.

Uribe will be paired with Teresa Lu, a 20-year old professional international player. The twosome tees off at 8:09 a.m. Pacific Time, Thurs., Apr. 3.


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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
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Friday, May 06
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Saturday, May 07
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
3rd (+1, 865)
Friday, May 20
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Saturday, May 21
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Sunday, May 22
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Monday, May 23
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
1st (-8, 1,144)
Tuesday, May 24 - 7:50 AM PST
vs. Oregon
Eugene, OR
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