April 15, 2011
Tempe, AZ -
The No. 1 ranked UCLA women's golf team will travel back to Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, AZ to chase their fourth Pac-10 Conference title under Coach Carrie Forsyth. The tournament will take place from Sunday, April 17th to Tuesday, April 19th.
First round action is slated to begin at 8:00 am PT on Sunday and fans at home can follow live scoring on golfstat.com
"Our team is really looking forward to the Pac-10 Championship this week," Coach Forsyth said. "Having played and won recently at Karsten Golf Course gives us a boost of confidence. It is allowing us to practice the weaknesses that we showed on the course when we were there last so that this time around we are better prepared for the rough and windy conditions we expect to encounter."
The Bruins have won the conference title three times under Coach Forsyth and five times overall, including three in a row from 2004-2006. In 2004, UCLA rode that conference victory all the way to a first place regional finish and a national championship. The Bruins have also recorded nine straight podium finishes at the event. Last year, the Arizona Wildcats took home the Pac-10 title while the Bruins finished second. Arizona State's Carlota Ciganda and Juliana Murcia were the co-medalists while UCLA's top finisher was Tiffany Lua, who tied for 3rd.
In their last event, UCLA won the PING/ASU Invitational for the second year in a row with an overall score of 863 (-1). The Bruins won by four strokes over second place USC and were the only team to finish the tournament with a score under par.
Individually, Lua finished in second place with a score of 213 (-3). Junior Stephanie Kono was right behind her, taking home third place with a score of 214 (-2). Both Kono and Lua lead the team with three top five finishes each this season. Sophomore Lee Lopez and freshman Ani Gulugian both tied for 10th at 218 (+2) while senior Glory Yang finished tied for 25th at 223 (+7).
Lua, Kono, Gulugian, Lopez and Yang will all be competing again for the Bruins this weekend.
To follow the Pac-10 Championship live, click here.