Feb. 25, 2010
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.