Sept. 1, 2011
The UCLA women's golf program, the 2011 NCAA team champion, will begin the 2011-12 campaign as the nation's top-ranked team, GolfWorld announced this week. UCLA is the first school to earn the preseason No.1 ranking in both men's and women's golf in the history of the GolfWorld Coaches' Poll.
This is the second time in Head Coach Carrie Forsyth's 12-year tenure that the Bruins have been named the nation's preseason No.1 team. After winning the NCAA team title in 2004, the Bruins began the following season on top of the polls.
UCLA returns four of its five players from the 2011 championship fivesome, plus one additional letterwinner. Two freshmen will join the team later this month.
Senior and three-time first-team All-American Stephanie Kono is the Bruins' most experienced player. Kono played in two USGA events this season, advancing to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Publinks Championship in July. She also tied for eighth at Stage 1 of the LPGA's Q-School.
UCLA's other returning senior Brianna Do won the USWAPL, beating Kono in the quarterfinals. Do also played in the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.
Juniors Tiffany Lua and Lee Lopez have also enjoyed competitive summers. Lua advanced to the semifinals of the USWAPL and the Round of 16 in the U.S. Women's Amateur. Lopez also played in both USGA events and tied for first at the Canadian Women's Amateur.
Sophomore Ani Gulugian played in the USWAPL, and incoming freshmen Erynne Lee and Kyle Roig also have enjoyed exciting summers. Roig advanced through Stage 1 of the LPGA's Q-School and Lee advanced to the quarterfinals of the USWAPL.
The Bruins will begin the 2011-12 season at the Fall Preview in Tennessee, Sept. 23-25.
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