GolfWeek Ranks Bruins First and Third

Sept. 3, 2008

In preseason rankings released this week by GolfWeek magazine, the UCLA women's golf program captured the No.1 spot and the men's team was ranked No.3.

For the women's team, it marks the first time in three years the Bruins will begin the season as the nation's top-ranked team. Last week, the Bruins were ranked No.2 in the preseason coaches poll. In 2005, GolfWeek also ranked the Bruins No.1.

"We've got a pretty loaded roster, that's for sure," said Carrie Forsyth, who enters her 10th season as head coach of the Bruins. "I think the inherent challenge is keeping team chemistry and attitudes positive. There are going to be weeks where great players aren't traveling."

The Bruins return their entire NCAA Tournament lineup, including first-team All-Americans Tiffany Joh and Maria Jose Uribe, and added a pair of AJGA All-Americans.

The men's team, ranked No.1 last week in the coaches poll, begins the season ranked third by GolfWeek. The loss of two seniors from their national championship fivesome, dropped the Bruins below Georgia and Oklahoma State this fall.

"Being the defending champion is great, but there's still so much we want to accomplish," said second-year head coach Derek Freeman. "We're still building and establishing a foundation."

The Bruins return six lettermen, and add five players from their recruiting class, which was ranked second nationally. Three of the newcomers are AJGA All-Americans.

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EVENT INFORMATION
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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
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Friday, May 06
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
Story
Saturday, May 07
vs. NCAA Regionals
Bryan, TX
3rd (+1, 865)
Friday, May 20
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Saturday, May 21
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Sunday, May 22
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Story
Monday, May 23
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
1st (-8, 1,144)
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Oregon
Eugene, OR
Won 4-0-1
Tuesday, May 24
vs. Washington
Eugene, OR
Lost 3-1-1
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS