Feb. 8, 2009
The top-ranked UCLA women's golf team will participate in the annual Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge, Feb. 9-11 at the Palos Verdes Golf Course.
The Bruins, ranked No.1 in the GolfStat and Coaches polls, will attempt to settle the rankings debate in Palos Verdes. The field features GolfWeek's top three teams: No.1 Arizona State, No.2 UCLA and third ranked USC.
"Obviously, we had a great fall (season), and we come into the (Regional Challenge) as one of the favored teams," said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth. "But we have a clear understanding that the rankings really don't mean anything, because this is a new year and we have a lot in front of us to accomplish."
In the fall, the Bruins won five stroke play events and produced three individual champions. Their team stroke average of 284.1 is on pace to break the school record by more than seven strokes. Five of the top eight players on the team are averaging 72.0 or better and six are averaging better than 73.0 strokes per round.
Freshman Stephanie Kono, who leads the team with a stroke average of 70.6 has played 11 rounds this season in 12-under par. She is ranked ninth nationally and boasts a victory in the stroke play portion of the Collegiate Match Play Championship.
Senior Tiffany Joh, a three-time All-American, ranks 16th with a stroke average of 71.5 and three Top 20 results.
Junior Sydnee Michaels, a 2008 All-American, recorded her second collegiate victory in winning the Mason Rudolph Championship with an 11-under par score of 205. Ranked 20th nationally, she is averaging 71.2 strokes per round and is six-under par through 11 rounds.
Sophomores Glory Yang and Maria Jose Uribe were ranked 32nd and 56th in the nation, respectively. Yang won the Top Cup in September with a four-under par score of 212 and boasts a 71.6 scoring average. Uribe, a consensus 1st Team All-American last year, has recorded three Top 20 results in four starts with a 72.6 scoring average.
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