Feb. 13, 2011
The second-ranked UCLA women's golf team will begin its Spring season this week at the 16th Annual Regional Challenge, hosted by the Palos Verdes Golf Club, Feb. 14-16.
Five of the nation's Top 25 teams will battle for the team and individual titles, including third-ranked USC, the defending champion. The course will play to a par of 71 over 5,912 yards.
UCLA has won this event twice in its 16-year history. In 2004, Charlotte Mayorkas led the Bruins to the top and won the individual title with a score of 207 (-3). UCLA also won the team championship in 2008.
The Bruins' lineup features one senior, two juniors and two sophomores. Third-year sophomore Lee Lopez will tee off at No.1. In six rounds of Fall competition, Lopez averaged 71.5 and was three-under par. She enters this event ranked 14th nationally. All-American Stephanie Kono is the Bruins' highest ranked player at No. 8, checking in with a team-leading scoring average of 71.2. In 12 rounds last quarter, she was six-under par. Senior Glory Yang is ranked 37th and has a stroke average of 73.3. Sophomore Tiffany Lua is ranked 31st and will play at No.4 with a 72.8 scoring average. Lua won her first collegiate tournament in October at the Landfall Traditions event. Junior Brianna Do will play in the fifth spot. Do averaged 76.1 in nine rounds in the Fall.
Freshman Ani Gulugian will compete as an individual. In 12 rounds last Fall, she averaged 73.4. She enters the event ranked 51st.
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