May 14, 2010
The No.1 ranked UCLA women's golf team will compete in the 29th NCAA Women's Golf Championship, May 18-21 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, NC.
Twenty-four teams and six individuals will battle for team and individual honors in a 72-hole, five-player-count-four format.
The Country Club of Landfall will play to a par of 72 over 6,368 yards and the University of North Carolina Wilmington will serve as host.
In October, the Bruins placed second at the Fall Preview, hosted at this same venue. They are confident they can enjoy success at The Country Club of Landfall.
"We know we can play well on this course, and we believe that if we stay focused on the process, instead of the outcome, we will be a contender and be in position to win," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth.
For the first time in its history, UCLA will enter the national championship tournament as the nation's consensus No.1 team. As of May 13, the Bruins were ranked at the top of the polls by GolfStat, GolfWeek and the National Golf Coaches Assn.
"We know that the ranking really means nothing once the championship starts," Forsyth continued. "The event is four rounds, and we have to be on our game to win. There are many other teams as good as we are and the victory will go to the team that best manages the pressure and is playing well at the time."
In 10 starts this season, the Bruins have recorded nine podium results and have not finished out of the Top 5. UCLA has posted six runner-up finishes, a third at the Bruin Wave Invitational and tied for fourth at the Regional Challenge. UCLA's victories came at the Betsy Rawls Invitational and at the PING/ASU event.
Forsyth, nearing the end of her 11th season, has guided the Bruins to 34 team titles, including five regional championships, three conference crowns and a national championship in 2004. She has coached 19 different players to All-Pac-10 honors. Thirteen separate players have earned All-America distinction. In addition, a dozen UCLA players have won 21 individual tournament crowns, including current players Stephanie Kono (3), Sydnee Michaels (2) and Glory Yang (1).
The Bruins have advanced to 10 consecutive NCAA Women's Golf Championships, a school record, and 23 overall. UCLA has recorded seven podium finishes, including three straight. Seventeen times the Bruins have finished among the Top 10.
No UCLA player has ever won the NCAA individual crown, but one -- Tiffany Joh -- tied for first in 2008 before falling in a playoff. Overall, 15 players have recorded Top 10 results at the NCAA Championship for UCLA.
On May 13, Forsyth and her team were recognized by the NCAA National Office for their stellar Academic Performance Rate (APR), which was 100% during a multiyear period.