Oct. 22, 2009
The No.1 ranked UCLA women's golf team travels to North Carolina to participate in the annual Fall Preview, hosted by the University of North Carolina-Wilmington at the Pete Dye Course/Country Club of Landfall.
Typically one of the strongest fields in the nation, the 2009 event features 14 of the nation's Top 20 teams and eight of the country's Top 10 individuals. Top-ranked UCLA, second-ranked Arizona State and No.3 Purdue are the top three ranked teams in this week's poll, followed by fourth-ranked Auburn, No.5 Michigan State, sixth-ranked USC and No.9 Alabama. All are competing in this weekend's tournament, which runs Oct. 23-25.
In two events this season, the Bruins have captured second place both times.
"We've shown that we're a consistently strong team," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "Although we haven't won, we've been the most consistent contender thus far which explains our ranking.
"As with every event, I know we can win," she continued. "We have a great team, and we're playing well. We just need to continue doing what we've been doing, and if we make a few more birdies we may win."
Senior All-American Sydnee Michaels is the top-ranked player in the UCLA lineup. In five rounds this season, she is averaging 69.4 with a pair of Top 5 results. At the beginning of the week, she was ranked third nationally behind Jennifer Song of USC and Purdue's Maude Aimee Leblanc, both of whom are competing at Landfall.
Sophomores Brianna Do and Stephanie Kono were ranked in the Top 20 this week with matching 70.8 scoring averages. Kono, a consensus First-Team All-American last season, has recorded two Top 20 finishes. Do, perhaps the most improved player for UCLA this fall, has chopped nearly seven strokes off her freshman scoring average. She is three-under par through five rounds (like Kono).
"Brianna made a commitment to the team and to improve," said Forsyth. "She has a new instructor and has really grown as a player and teammate. She's worked hard on her game, and the results are obvious. I'm very excited for her to see such great results."
Freshman Tiffany Lua and junior Glory Yang complete the Bruins' lineup. Lua recorded her first Top 10 result at the Bruins' last event, tying for sixth place at the Stanford Intercollegiate. She fired a first-round 67 (-4) and is averaging 71.6. Yang, a two-time All-American, has improved her scores with each start and is averaging 72.0 after tying for 21st at Stanford.
On Friday, the Bruins will tee off at 8:30 a.m. EST.
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