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No. 2 UCLA Heads to Texas to Compete in NCAA Championship
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/16/2011

May 16, 2011

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The No. 2 ranked UCLA women's golf team will travel to College Station, TX to compete in the 30th NCAA Women's Golf Championship hosted by Texas A&M University from Wednesday, May 18th to Saturday, May 21st.

The tournament will be played at the Traditions Golf Course, which plays a par of 72 over 6,271 yards. The tournament format will be 72 holes of stroke play with five players counting four scores for the team competition.

"The Traditions Club at Texas A&M is a fantastic course and we are very happy to have the chance to play there again this spring," Head Coach Carrie Forsyth said. "Our event in the fall was our worst performance of the season, and we want to exact some revenge on this course. We are anticipating that the conditions will be hot and humid, and that the golf course will play hard and fast."

Twenty-four teams and six individuals will compete for team and individual honors. Out of the twenty-four teams that are competing for the NCAA Championship, seventeen are consensus top-25 teams and two others are ranked in the top-25 in one poll. Fans at home can follow the tournament live by clicking here.

"We are very happy to be the #1 seed from the central regional entering the NCAA Championship next week," added Forsyth. "Our seeding allows us to play with the #1 seeds from the West and from the East Regional in the preferred tee times for the first two rounds. It will allow us a great opportunity to play with two teams that will also be in contention to win the championship...USC and Alabama."

The Bruins have five podium finishes at the NCAA Championship under Forsyth, winning the title once back in 2004. With their win at the NCAA Central Regional, they have also now earned a school record 11 straight NCAA Championship berths under Forsyth. In addition, UCLA won the NCAA Championship back in 1991 under Coach Jackie Tobian-Steinmann. No UCLA player has ever won the NCAA individual crown, but one -- Tiffany Joh -- tied for first in 2008 before falling in a playoff. Overall, 15 players have recorded Top 10 results at the NCAA Championship for UCLA.

Last year, the Bruins finished 6th at the NCAA Championship, which was played at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, NC. Tiffany Lua was the top finisher for the Bruins as she finished in a tie for 27th. The Purdue Boilermakers are the defending national champions.

In 10 starts this season, the Bruins have won five tournaments and recorded nine straight podium finishes. UCLA's victories came at the Landfall Tradition, Pac-10/SEC Challenge, Bruin Wave Invitational, PING/ASU Invitational and the NCAA Central Regional. In addition, three Bruins have taken home individual titles. Sophomores Lee Lopez and Tiffany Lua each earned their first collegiate victories at the Bruin Wave Invitational and the Landfall Tradition respectively. Junior Stephanie Kono recorded her fourth career victory by tying for first at the NCAA Central Regional last weekend. Kono is the team leader in top-5 finishes (4), top-10 finishes (6), rounds under par (14), and scoring average (72.5). In addition, all five starters on the team were named to the All-Pac-10 team, with Kono, Lopez and Lua earning first-team honors and senior Glory Yang and freshman Ani Gulugian receiving second-team accolades.

Forsyth added this final thought as the Bruins prepare for the NCAA Championship: "We go into the tournament with the knowledge that all of our players have had 1st or 2nd place finishes this season, and that we have the capability of being NCAA Champions if we can stay focused, manage our energy and keep confident. These will be our goals next week, and without a doubt we look forward to bringing home another Bruin NCAA title."

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