Top-Ranked Bruins Travel to PING/ASU Invitational

April 3, 2008

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The top-ranked UCLA women's golf team travels to the PING/ASU Invitational, Apr. 4-6 at the Karsten Course in Tempe, Ariz.

The Karsten Course will play to a par of 72 over 6,230 yards.

The Bruins, who have won three times this season, are looking for their first team title since February when they won the Regional Challenge. UCLA last won the PING/ASU event in 2006. In fact, the Bruins won at Karsten three times from 2004-06 before finishing second last season.

"We're looking forward to some exciting golf this week," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "We've played well at ASU in the past and we'll be up for the challenge this weekend.

"While we'll miss freshman Maria Jose Uribe in our lineup, [junior] Maya Tanaka will have an opportunity to perform," Forsyth continued.

As the defending U.S. Women's Amateur champion, Uribe received an exemption to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club this weekend.

Last season, Tanaka played in six of the seven Spring events and tied for 44th at the ASU/PING tournament. She posted a final round 73 (+1) on the Karsten Course, her best score of the year to that point. This season, Tanaka has played in three events, tying for 19th place in Hawaii, her best career finish.

The remainder of the UCLA lineup features juniors Tiffany Joh and captain Ryann O'Toole, sophomore Sydnee Michaels and freshman Glory Yang.

Joh, Yang and Michaels began the week ranked among the nation's Top 20 players. Joh, ranked third nationally, leads the team in scoring average (71.9), Top 10 finishes (6), rounds under par (10) and rounds under 70 (3). In November, she won the Kent Youel Invitational (tying with Uribe).

Yang, ranked 12th, boasts a scoring average of 73.1 with six Top 20 results and six rounds under par. Michaels ranks 18th and has a scoring average of 73.5 with five Top 20 finishes.

In addition, the Bruins will be seeking to solidify their perch atop the regional rankings with a strong result in Tempe. This will enable them to remain in the West for the NCAA Regional Championship, May 8-10 at Lincoln Hills GC in Lincoln, CA.

"The team understands that everyone needs to step up and play well," said Forsyth. "It's going to be a challenge, but one we're looking forward to taking on."

Since 1993, the Bruins have traveled out of the West Region once, last year, and they finished third in the East Regional.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
1st (+4, 868)
Monday, Mar 21
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 22
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Story
Wednesday, Mar 23
vs. SDSU March Mayhem at ...
Rancho Santa Fe, CA
3rd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
1st (-2, 286)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
Story
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Liz Murphey ...
Athens, GA
2nd in Match Play
Friday, Apr 08
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
Story
Sunday, Apr 10
vs. PING/ASU ...
Tempe, AZ
1st (-12, 852)
Monday, Apr 18
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Tuesday, Apr 19
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
Story
Wednesday, Apr 20
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Pleasanton, CA
2nd (-15, 849)
Thursday, May 05
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Friday, May 06
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Saturday, May 07
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
3rd (+1, 865)
Friday, May 20
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Saturday, May 21
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Sunday, May 22
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Monday, May 23
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
1st (-8, 1,144)
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Oregon
Eugene, OR
Won 4-0-1
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Washington
Eugene, OR
Lost 3-1-1
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS