Bruin Wave Invitational Begins March 1 at Robinson Ranch

Feb. 25, 2010

Bruin Wave Invitational Preview

The top-ranked UCLA women's golf team continues its 2010 Spring season at the first Bruin Wave Invitational, co-hosted by UCLA and Pepperdine at Robinson Ranch Golf Club in Santa Clarita, CA.

The Valley Course at Robinson Ranch will play to a par of 72 over 6,282 yards. The tournament runs Mar. 1-3 with tee times beginning on the first and 10th holes at 8 a.m. on the first two days and at 7:30 a.m. on Mar. 3.

The current GolfStat rankings feature the Bruins as the nation's top-ranked team and Pepperdine No. 9. Other Top 25 teams in the 18-team field include: No. 3 Arizona State, No. 5 USC, No. 16 Arizona and No. 21 Stanford. Other local schools include San Diego State, Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge.

"This will be a really outstanding event for all the invited schools," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "Robinson Ranch is a good test of golf and we've got 18 teams and a strong field, both locally and nationally."

For the Bruins, who tied for fourth at their last event, sophomore All-American Stephanie Kono will return to the lineup. She was sidelined with a minor injury at the Regional Challenge, but has recovered and will make her first start of 2010. Kono is the Bruins' top player, averaging 71.3 and was four-under par in four Fall starts. Four of her 11 rounds were below 70 and two others were under par.

"Stephanie is a little nervous about making her first start of the (new) year, but she tends to thrive in pressure situations," said Forsyth. "With her back in the lineup, we feel like we'll have better results."

Junior Glory Yang was the Bruins' top finisher at the Regional Challenge, capturing sixth place at seven over par 220. In 14 rounds this season, she was averaging 73.5 with a pair of Top 20 results.

"Glory played very well at the Regional Challenge and earned an exemption for the Bruin Wave Invitational," Forsyth said. "She's come a long way with her game, and we feel like she's ready to play some outstanding golf.

Senior Sydnee Michaels was the Bruins' highest ranked player at No. 7 in the GolfWeek poll. In four starts this season, she has placed in the Top 20 in every one and boasts a 72.1 scoring average with three rounds under par.

"Sydnee is very close to playing excellent golf," Forsyth stated. "She had a great Fall and is one of the highest ranked players in the country."

Sophomore Brianna Do was ranked 46th by GolfWeek and 78th by GolfStat this week, following a tie for 33rd at the Regional Challenge. In 14 rounds, she was averaging 73.6.

"Brianna has continued to amaze me with the improvements she's made in her game," said Forsyth. "We focused on a few very small things after the Regional Challenge, and I feel she's ready to shoot some good scores."

Finally, freshman Tiffany Lua was averaging 73.1 after 14 rounds. She has recoded a pair of Top 10 results in five starts, and has posted two rounds under par.


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 - All Day PST
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
Monday, Feb 22 - All Day PST
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
Tuesday, Feb 23 - All Day PST
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
Monday, Feb 29 - All Day PST
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
Tuesday, Mar 01 - All Day PST
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
Monday, Mar 21 - All Day PST
vs. SDSU Farms ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Tuesday, Mar 22 - All Day PST
vs. SDSU Farms ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Wednesday, Mar 23 - All Day PST
vs. SDSU Farms ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - All Day PST
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
Saturday, Apr 02 - All Day PST
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
Sunday, Apr 03 - All Day PST
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
Friday, Apr 08 - All Day PST
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Saturday, Apr 09 - All Day PST
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Apr 10 - All Day PST
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Monday, Apr 18 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Tuesday, Apr 19 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Wednesday, Apr 20 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Thursday, May 05 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Friday, May 06 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Saturday, May 07 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS