UCLA Wins NCAA Women's Golf Championship
Published May 24, 2011 6:47 AM
UCLA has now won a national-best 107 NCAA titles.
The No. 2-ranked UCLA women's golf team battled through tough weather conditions all week and brought home UCLA's third NCAA title in women's golf.
The title is Head Coach Carrie Forsyth's second National Championship as UCLA head coach as she also won back in 2004. This is also her 40th tournament victory as the Bruins' head coach.
"This was huge for us," Forsyth says. "I'm just really proud. We had some struggles on the front nine and we just kept telling ourselves that our rounds were kind of the same. We just made more birdies in the other rounds and we weren't making any birdies. Then things started to go when Stephanie got it back to one-over. Then Lee got one and we just started making some birdies and it just sort of turned the tide a little bit. But it was still really close."
The Bruins won by four strokes after posting a final round score of 295 (+7), giving them a total of 1,173 (+21). They had to hold off a late charge by the Purdue Boilermakers, who posted a final round 292 (+4) to give them an overall score of 1,177 (+25). The Bruins were also helped out by a disqualification by a Purdue golfer after she signed an incorrect scorecard.
"It was very unfortunate what happened with [the Purdue golfer]," says Forsyth. "I know at the end of the day it didn't make the difference but you don't want that to happen."
When asked about how this compared to her first NCAA title back in 2004, Coach Forsyth says, "The first time is amazing, but after the first time you wonder if you can ever do it again. It's different, but it's just as awesome as the first time."
UCLA got a stellar effort from all five players as each member of the team came up with big plays down the stretch.
For complete details of the Bruins' win, click here.