Oct. 28, 2007
The top-ranked UCLA women's golf team travels to Hawai'i this weekend to participate in the Kent Youel Invitational, Oct. 30-31 at the Kapolei Golf Course.
The Bruins will be looking for their second team victory of the season.
"We've won this event in the past, and we'll be looking to repeat this year," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "Our team has practiced hard on different [aspects of its game] this week, and we're confident that we'll have a good outcome."
In the nine-year Forsyth Era, the Bruins have won this tournament three times, including the 1999 event which was Forsyth's first career tournament victory. UCLA also won in 2004, the last time it participated.
The field includes Pac-10 rivals USC, Cal, Oregon State and Washington State, plus West Coast powers UC Irvine and San Jose State.
UCLA enters the tournament as the No.1 ranked team in the latest GolfWeek poll, followed by No. 4 USC and ninth-ranked Cal.
Earlier this season, the Bruins vaulted to the top spot in the rankings by winning the season-opening Mason Rudolph Classic by 14 shots. The Bruins' 54-hole total of 851 was 13-under par and beat Arizona State and Duke, which were ranked third and first, respectively. Since then, the Blue Devils won the Fall Preview and the Sun Devils won the Stanford Invitational.
The Bruins will be traveling their entire squad of seven players to this event; junior Maiya Tanaka and sophomore Lalita Boonnoppornkul will play as individuals. The team fivesome will consist of sophomore Sydney Michaels, junior Tiffany Joh, freshmen Glory Yang and Maria Jose Uribe, and junior captain Ryann O'Toole. All but O'Toole are ranked among the nation's Top 30 players.
Michaels was the team's top finisher at the Stanford tournament, tying for 11th place at five-over par 218. She is averaging 73.2 strokes per round and boasts a 100% counter ratio. This week she was ranked 23rd.
Joh, ranked fourth nationally, leads the team with a scoring average of 71.3 and was six-under par through nine rounds this season. Her six rounds under par are also a team leader.
Yang tied for 13th at the last event, her third consecutive Top 20 finish. She began the tournament with a collegiate best round of 69 (-3). She ranks 13th nationally and sports a scoring average of 72.3.
Uribe, tied for 16th at Stanford and also recorded her third straight Top 20 finish. Two of her three results have been Top 10s. She ranks 12th and boasts a scoring average of 72.2.
O'Toole was averaging 76.3 through three tournaments and had one round under par.
The Kapolei Golf Course will play to a par of 72 over 6,140 yards.