Women's Golfers Prepare for Regional Challenge

Tourney to be held at Palos Verdes Country Club.

Feb. 3, 1998

Team Update: The Bruins will compete in the Regional Challenge, Feb. 9-11, at the Palos Verdes CC. On Feb. 23-25, UCLA will host the annual Pioneer Electronics/Bruin Classic at Menifee Lakes CC. The 21st ranked Bruins tied for sixth at the Golf World Invitational at the Arthur Hills GC, Nov. 14-16.

Senior Amandine Vincent won her first tournament in three years, capturing medalist honors at the Dick McGuire Invitational with a four-under par score of 215 (72-73-70; par 73). As a sophomore transfer in 1995, she tied for first at the same course, shooting a five-under par score of 214. At the Rolex Fall Preview, Vincent finished in a tie for 17th place at 226. At the Golf World event, she finished in a tie for 19th with a score of 229. She leads the team with a stroke average of 74.4. She was ranked ninth nationally in the last Golfstat Cup rankings (Nov. 3) with 72.62 adjusted average. She was also ranked fourth in subpar strokes per round (3.33) and fifth in par 5 scoring (4.80).

Sophomore Alexandra Gasser, the third returnee from last year's NCAA fivesome, is averaging 78.2, fourth best on the team. She posted her best collegiate finish at the McGuire Invitational, tying for 20th place with a 227 (77-77-73). At the Golf World tournament, she tied for 45th and at the Rolex Fall Preview she finished in a tie for 56th.

Alicia Um is the only freshman on the Bruin roster to have competed in every Fall stroke play tournament. She ranks third on the team with a stroke average of 76.8 in nine rounds. She has posted three scores of 74. In the year-end rankings (Nov. 3), she ranked sixth in total short game.

Freshmen Laura Moffat from West Kilbride, Scotland, is averaging 80.0 in four collegiate rounds. Moffat's low round of 76 was recorded at the McGuire Invitational. She was unable to compete in the first two rounds at the Golf World Invitational because of illness. Freshman Julie Oh is averaging 79.6 in three rounds. Her best round of 77 was shot at the Fall Preview.

Senior Betty Chen is averaging 79.0 in three rounds, but improved every score at the McGuire Invitational with a low round of 77.

The Regional Challenge is a 54-hole stroke play event hosted by Southern Methodist University and played at the Palos Verdes CC. The PVCC was designed by George C. Thomas, who originally designed Bel Air CC, and measures 6,116 yards with a par of 71.

UCLA Women's Golf Quick Facts
1997-98 Bruin Stroke Averages:
Jill Axelrod, Jr., San Francisco
Leilani Bagby, Fr., Santa Monica (80.6)
Betty Chen, Sr., Palos Verdes Estates (79.0)
Alexandra Gasser, So., Crans-Monta?a, Switzerland (78.2)
Laura Moffat, Fr., West Kilbride, Scotland (80.0)
Julie Oh, Fr., Torrance (79.6)
Alicia Um, Fr., Newbury Park (76.8)
Amandine Vincent, Sr., Neuily, France (74.4)