|Charlotte Mayorkas (Golf)
wins in 2003-'04, the Bruin women increased UCLA's record number
of NCAA team championships to 94
by Wendy Soderburg '82
Photography by Scott Quintard, UCLA Photo
“We just got back from Charlotte’s room tonight
after watching Miracle. Just a little team bonding.”
So wrote Susie Mathews, a member of the second-ranked UCLA women’s
golf team, on Day 3 of the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships
at Auburn’s Grand National Resort in Opelika, Ala. Mathews
recorded her thoughts in an online diary during the team’s
weeklong trip to Alabama in May.
As it turned out, the women didn’t need extra bonding.
On May 22, they defeated second-place Oklahoma State by three
strokes and top-ranked Duke by 11 strokes to win the 2004 national
championship in a rain-delayed final round. The NCAA title was
UCLA’s second of the 2003-’04 academic year (women’s
gymnastics was the first) and the Bruins’ 92nd title overall.
“This is one of the greatest feelings I’ve ever had,”
said Head Coach Carrie Forsyth ’94 after the Bruins had
clinched only their second title in school history. “Our
team played absolutely great today. We knew that we needed to
come out and play solidly to leave here with the trophy.”
The Bruins played the final round in two-over par 290 and finished
with a 72-hole score of 1,148, four-under par. Individually, UCLA
received clutch performances from All-Americans Charlotte Mayorkas
and Mathews. Mayorkas played the back nine in three-under par
33 for a final round score of 70, while Mathews played the inward
nine in two-under par 34 for an even par round of 72. The Bruins
also received strong performances from seniors Gina Umeck and
Krystal Shearer and freshman Hannah Jun.