April 22, 2007
The ninth-ranked UCLA women's golf team travels to the 21st annual Pac-10 Women's Golf Championship, Apr. 23-25, hosted by the University of Washington at The Broadmoor GC in Seattle, Wash.
The Broadmoor will play to a par of 72 over 6,196 yards. The format is 54-holes of stroke play over three days, producing a team and individual champion.
UCLA is the three-time defending conference champion, winning last year's event by one shot over Arizona State.
"We're excited to defend our Pac-10 title," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth, who has been voted the conference's Coach of the Year three times. "In all honesty, the Pac-10 is very deep this year. There are five teams that have a legitimate chance to win the title: ASU, USC, Stanford, Arizona and UCLA. We are going to have to play well, and remain patient during those difficult weather times. It's going to be exciting, and we anticipate a strong finish."
Although the Bruins have not won a team title this season, they have been improving in recent weeks, as evidenced by their victory in a modified Stableford scoring event last weekend.
Against second-ranked Arizona State and No. 8 USC, the Bruins ran away with the team title, compiling 89 points to 62 for USC and 38 for ASU at Trump National. UCLA's Tiffany Joh won the individual title with 25 points, followed by 23 from junior Maiya Tanaka.
The previous week, the Bruins rallied to finish second at the PING/ASU Invitational by playing the final 36 holes in four-under par.
"Our team has been working hard and we've seen tremendous improvement over the past several weeks," said Forsyth.
Jun, a two-time All-American, has recorded three Top 10 finishes in her last four events. She is tied with Joh for the team lead in scoring average at 73.6. In 2004, she won the NCAA West Regional, her first collegiate title.
Joh, ranked 23rd this week, leads the team with nine rounds under par and seven scores in the 60s. She is the defending U.S. Women's Amateur Publinks champion.
O'Toole recorded her second career Top 10 result at the PING event, tying for sixth place and firing a second round 67 (-5). This season, she has improved her scoring average nearly two strokes from her freshman year.
Michaels boasts a 90% counter ratio in 21 rounds as a freshman. She has recorded a pair of Top 20 finishes and one round under 70.
Tanaka has improved steadily since playing her first collegiate round in February. She tied for 44th at the ASU event, posting scores that improved every day, capped by a final round 73 (+1), a career best.