Feb. 24, 2008
The No.1 ranked UCLA women's golf team begins play Monday at the Wildcat Invitational in Tucson at Arizona National Golf Club.
The top-ranked Bruins will headline a field that includes 12 of the nation's Top 25 teams and 11 of the country's top 12 ranked players. Included in the field are No.2 ranked Duke, the three-time defending NCAA champion, third-ranked Arizona State and No.4 USC.
Three UCLA players are ranked among the Top 10 individuals: junior Tiffany Joh (No. 5), and freshmen Maria Jose Uribe (No. 7) and Glory Yang (No. 9). The field also features top-ranked Amanda Blumenherst and eighth-ranked Jennie Lee of Duke and Arizona State's Anna Nordqvist (No. 3) and Azahar Munoz (No. 4).
"This is a strong field," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "So it's a good opportunity for us to continue building momentum this spring."
Two weeks ago, the Bruins won their third tournament of the season at the Regional Challenge, coming from second place in the final round to win by seven strokes over No. 5 Florida, 11 shots over No. 4 USC and 13 over No. 3 Arizona State.
In addition to Joh, Uribe and Yang, UCLA's Sydnee Michaels is ranked 18th nationally after tying for 10th place at the Regional Challenge. The Bruins' fifth player is junior captain Ryan O'Toole, a veteran with 23 career starts.
"Arizona National is a really fun golf course, and if [our players] can keep the ball in play, scores can go low," said Forsyth.
Arizona National will play to a par of 71 over 6,238 yards. The 54-hole tournament continues through Wed., Feb. 27. Results will be carried live by GolfStat.