April 23, 2009
The No.1 ranked UCLA women's golf team heads to Stanford this weekend for the 23rd Pacific-10 Conference Women's Golf Championship, presented by Duramed.
The tournament begins on Fri., Apr. 24 and concludes on Sun., Apr. 26 with 54 holes of stroke play determining the team and individual winners.
The Stanford Golf Course will play to length of 6,117 yards with a par of 71.
"Our team is well-prepared for the Pac 10 Championship this weekend," said UCLA Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "We finally have our lineup solidified for the event and are fielding the five highest-ranked and lowest scoring players on our team. We have not played this particular roster since early in the spring and I'm extremely excited to see them compete together again.
"We expect to be challenged to bring our very best game to Stanford Golf Course, because the competition is very tough in the Pac 10," she continued. "We have confidence in our ability to play hard and contend for the title."
In October, the Bruins won the annual Stanford Intercollegiate with a score of eight-under par 844. That 54-hole score beat runner-up USC by three shots and host Stanford by 10. Three UCLA players finished among the Top 15 individuals, including junior Sydnee Michaels who placed fourth at 210 (-3).
UCLA has won five Pac-10 championships and Head Coach Carrie Forsyth has been involved in each one of them. In 1990 and '91 the former Carrie Leary was a player on the UCLA conference championship teams led by Hall of Fame coach Jackie Tobian-Steinmann. Forsyth was the head coach for the UCLA conference champions in 2004, '05 and '06. In the Forsyth Era, UCLA has not finished worse than third in seven years, claiming a title or runner-up result in each of the last five years. In addition, Forsyth has earned conference coach of the year honors three times: 2002, '04 and '06.
Charlotte Mayorkas (2002-05) and Tiffany Joh (2006-present) have won the Pac-10 individual title and Pac-10 Player of the Year honors during Forsyth's tenure. Additionally, Forsyth has landed 17 different players on the All-Pac-10 Team in nine seasons, including seven first-team selections and three conference Newcomers of the Year.
In nine starts this season, the Bruins have recorded six victories, a national leader. Three players have won four individual titles, led by freshman Stephanie Kono's two crowns. In addition, the Bruin players have recorded 20 Top 10 finishes and 36 Top 20 results, totals that are on pace to exceed last year's. Finally, the Bruins are averaging 289.4 strokes per 54-hole tournament, a figure on pace to shatter the school record.
In common tournaments against their main Pac-10 rivals, the Bruins claim a head-to-head advantage against each one: Arizona State, 3-2; USC. 5-1; Arizona, 5-0; Stanford, 5-0; Cal, 5-0, Washington, 3-0; Oregon, 2-0; Oregon State, 2-0.