Ninth-Ranked UCLA Looking for Fourth Consecutive Pac-10 Title

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.

UCLA's five-player lineup will consist of senior Hannah Jun, Tanaka, sophomores Ryann O'Toole and Joh, and freshman Sydnee Michaels.

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.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Feb 07
vs. Northrop Grumman ...
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Story
Monday, Feb 08
vs. Northrop Grumman ...
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Story
Tuesday, Feb 09
vs. Northrop Grumman ...
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
T-5th (+26, 878)
Sunday, Feb 21
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
Story
Monday, Feb 22
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
Story
Tuesday, Feb 23
vs. Allstate Sugar Bowl ...
New Orleans, LA
T-6th (+17, 881)
Monday, Feb 29
vs. Bruin Wave ...
San Luis Obispo, CA
Story
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 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Friday, May 06 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Saturday, May 07 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Friday, May 20 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Saturday, May 21 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 22 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Monday, May 23 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Tuesday, May 24 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Wednesday, May 25 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS