Alicia Um, 29, a former four-year letterwinner for the Bruins, enters her fifth season as assistant coach under Carrie Forsyth.
"We are fortunate to have Alicia as our (first) full-time assistant women's golf coach," Forsyth said following Um's appointment. "As a former UCLA golfer, Alicia brings a tremendous amount of experience to the position. She is a very knowledgeable and experienced golfer who can help our players' development. She has also spent a few years in the business world and will bring her organizational and technological skills to the position. I am grateful to have her."
In the summer of 2006, Um was credited with gaining commitments from Maria Jose Uribe and Glory Yang. Uribe won the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur title and left UCLA last spring with three career victories, including a pair of NCAA Regional titles. Yang advanced to the second round of the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship and won her first collegiate tournament last September. She also earned All-America and all-conference honors for the second straight year in 2009.
As a senior in 2002, Um earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors when she tied for 12th place at the Pac-10 Championship. She was a member of the UCLA team that won the program's first regional championship in 2002. That season, the Bruins finished 21st at the NCAA Championship. She also served as team captain for the 2001-02 season.
Um played three seasons (2000-02) for Forsyth and one year (1997-98) for Hall of Fame Coach Jackie Steinmann before graduating with a degree in Economics in March 2002. She was named to the Director's Honor Roll six times during her academic tenure.
In her UCLA career, Um made 37 starts, played 107 rounds and averaged 77.2. Her best season was her senior year when she averaged 75.7 in 32 rounds with three Top 20 finishes. She also recorded her career low round that season -- a two-under par 69 in the third round of the Stanford Invitational.
Since her graduation and prior to her appointment at UCLA, Um worked in the hospitality and golf industries as well as for an information systems company. For the 2005 calendar year, she competed on the West Coast Ladies Golf Tour, qualified to play on the Futures Tour and participated in the LPGA Qualifying School.
Um played three years at Newbury Park High School before spending her senior year at Westlake High and graduating in 1997. She won the 1996 SCGA Jr. Match Play Championship and played in the 1997 and '99 U.S. Women's Amateur Championships.
In June of 2009, Um married Steve Holmes and the couple reside in Simi Valley.
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