UCLA: Glory Yang

NCAA title comes with a wave of emotions

May, 23, 2011
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Glory Yang had dozens of text messages, scores of Facebook wall posts and saw hundreds of Tweets about UCLA winning the NCAA title in women's golf over the weekend--"more than on my birthday," she said--so imagine her surprise when she returned to class Monday and heard not a word about it from her classmates.

"Nobody knew," said Yang, the team's only senior starter. "They had no idea."

It only added to the surrealism for Yang, who said she still has a hard time believing that the Bruins won the title by four strokes over defending champion Purdue on Sunday in Texas.

"I have to keep looking at the picture of us holding the trophy," Yang said. "I have to keep reminding myself that we won, that we got it done, and I still I still tear up when I think about it."

It's not surprising, because the last 48 hours have been filled with every emotion in the book. UCLA started the final round with a seven-stroke lead over Purdue only to loose it midway through the final round. They rallied with a solid back nine and every UCLA player made par or better over the final four holes.

And when the final putt dropped with UCLA at the top of the leaderboard, the emotions came pouring out.

"I've felt every bit of emotion you can imagine," Yang said. "I was happy we won, I was sad because it was my last tournament. I felt a sense of accomplishment. It was all these mixed feelings. You say a word and I probably felt it."

For coach Carrie Forsyth, the preeminent feeling was relief.

Forsyth has led elite teams almost since her arrival at UCLA in 1999, and knows all too well how difficult it is to win a national title in golf, having won the 2004 title. But her teams have had three runner-up finishes and a third since then and last year finished sixth despite entering as the No. 1 team in the nation.

"It’s great to be in contention every season and have chances to win, it’s just feels really good to finally get it done," Forsyth said. "We’ve been bridesmaids quite a few times over the past few years with great teams—teams that were expected to win more than this team was so it just great. I’m relieved."

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UCLA wins NCAA women's golf title

May, 21, 2011
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UCLA survived a final-round charge by defending champion Purdue and won the NCAA women's golf title by four shots over the Boilermakers Saturday at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.

It is the third national title for the Bruins, who entered the final round seven strokes ahead of Purdue and fell behind at one point late in the final round, but got a clutch birdie on the final hole by Stephanie Kono and final-hole pars from Ani Gulugian, Lee Lopez and Tiffany Lua to clinch the title.

That gave UCLA a final-round score of seven-over 295 and a four-round total of 21-over 1173, enough to hold off Purdue, which shot 292 in the final round. Purdue's Thea Hoffmeister was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard, but even if her score had counted, UCLA would have won the title by two strokes.

"This was huge for us," UCLA coach Carrie Forsyth said in a release through the school. "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."

Gulugian's 72 was the top score for the Bruins on Saturday, meaning the Bruins had a different top scorer in each of the four rounds. That depth was crucial to winning the title.

Lua, who began the day leading the individual race, shot 75 Saturday and ended up tied for fourth at one-under for the tournament and six shots behind individual champion Austin Ernst of Louisiana State.

"The back nine for me was a little bit of a blur," Lua said. "But I can say this for everyone, all we try to do is play one shot at a time and try to hit fairways and greens. We just fought for every shot out there."

Kono had four birdies on the back nine Saturday to help offset a triple-bogey eight on the eighth and she shot 74 in the final round. Lopez also shot 74 to complete the counting scores for UCLA. Glory Yang shot 76 which didn't count Saturday, but her first-round 70 and second-round 75 were crucial to the title.

The Bruins last won the women's golf title in 2004 and also won it in 1991. This also ensures that UCLA will not go without an NCAA title this year. The last time that happened was 1994. UCLA has won an NCAA record 107 team championships.

Lua's ace helps Bruins keep NCAA lead

May, 20, 2011
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UCLA sophomore Tiffany Lua made a hole in one and helped the Bruins remain in the lead when a lightning-delayed third round of the NCAA women's golf championships was eventually postponed because of darkness Friday at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan Tex.

UCLA, ranked No. 2 in the nation, has a six-shot lead over No. 4 Purdue and is 13 ahead of No. 5 Virginia an dNo. 7 Louisiana State, though Virginia is the only one of the leaders to have completed the third round. UCLA, Purdue and Louisiana State still have players on holes 15, 16, 17 and 18.

The third round was delayed for nearly two hours when a storm passed near by, but it didn't seem to affect Lua, who had four birdies and the ace to go along with two bogies and was three under through 14 holes in the third round.

Lua is at five-under for the tournament and has a three-shot lead over Marta Silva Zamora of Georgia, who is the leader in the clubhouse at two under, and Austin Ernst of Louisiana State, who also has four holes remaining in the third round. No UCLA player has won the women's NCAA individual title.

The players will complete the third round Saturday morning and then play the fourth and final round.

Bruins freshman Ani Gulugian appears to have rebounded disappointing 78-81 start in the first two rounds and was one over in the third round with one hole to play. Sophomore Lee Lopez was even through 16 holes in the third round, senior Glory Yang was seven over through 15 holes and Stephanie Kono, who took a nine on the par-four 6th hole, was eight over through 15 when play was called.

UCLA last won the NCAA title in 2004 and won its only other national championship in 1991.

UCLA leads by three at midpoint of NCAAs

May, 19, 2011
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UCLA sits atop a crowded leaderboard with a three-stroke lead at the midway point of the NCAA women's golf championships after shooting a team score of seven-over 295 Thursday at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Tex.

Tiffany Lua and Stephanie Kono each shot one-under 71 in the second round to pace the No. 2 Bruins, who have a two-day total of eight-over 584 extended their lead by a stroke despite shooting six strokes higher than in the opening round.

No. 4 Purdue, the defending national champion, is second at nine over and No. 7 Louisiana State is third at 10 over and five other teams are within eight strokes of the UCLA lead.

Lua, a sophomore, is in third place in the indiviual race at two-under par. She is four shots behind leader Austin Ernst, who shot a six-under 66 in the second round. UCLA senior Glory Yang, in second after a first-round 70, slipped into a tie for 10th after shooting 75 in the second round. Lee Lopez shot 78 to round out UCLA's scoring.

The tournament continues with the third round on Friday and the final round will be Saturday.

Women's golf leads NCAA championships

May, 18, 2011
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No. 2-ranked UCLA shot a four-player team total of one-over par 289 in the first round of the NCAA championships Wednesday at Traditions Golf Course in Bryan, Tex., and leads the tournament by two strokes over No. 5 Virginia.

Senior Glory Yang led the Bruins with a two-under 70 and is tied for second in the individual competition, one shot behind leader Brittany Altomare of Virginia.

Bruins sophomore Tiffany Lua shot one-under 71 and is tied for fifth in the individual race. Sophomore Lee Lopez shot 73 and junior Stephanie Kono had a 75 to round out the UCLA scoring.

UCLA, which won the Central Regional two weeks ago, is in the NCAA championships for the 11th consecutive year and the Bruins are looking to add to the titles they won in 1991 and 2004. They have five tournament victories in 10 appearances this season.

The final round is Saturday.

Women's golf wins NCAA regional

May, 7, 2011
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UCLA's women's golf team shot a four-player total of 10-over-par 298 Saturday at Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame in Indiana and won the NCAA central regional championship by four shots over Louisiana State.

Bruins' junior Stephanie Kono shot four-under 68 in the final round, the best individual round of the tournament, and tied Louisiana State's Megan McChrystal for the individual title with a three-day score of two-over 218 Freshman Ani Gulugian, the individual leader after the first round, stumbled to a 78 Saturday and finished in a tie for eighth.

Lee Lopez shot 75 and Glory Yang shot 78 to round out UCLA's scoring on Saturday as the Bruins won their fifth tournament in 10 appearances this year.

UCLA, ranked No. 2 in the nation, advances to the NCAA finals May 18-21 at Tradition's Club in Bryan, Texas.

Women's golf extends NCAA regional lead

May, 6, 2011
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The UCLA women's golf team extended it's lead at the NCAA central regional to six shots after shooting a four-player total of 13-over 301 Friday at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.

Bruins freshman Ani Gulugian shot two-over 74 to pace the Bruins and she is one shot behind Emily Tubert of Arkansas in the individual race with a two-day total of one-over 145. Glory Yang shot 75 and Tiffany Lua and Stephanie Kono each shot 76 to round out UCLA, which led by four shots after the first round.

Minnesota shot 297 Friday, the best team score of the second round, and moved into a second place tie with Louisiana State, which shot 303.

The top eight teams after Saturday's final round will advance to the NCAA championships May 18-21 at Tradition's Club in Bryan, Tex. UCLA is 20 shots clear of ninth-place Chattanooga.

Women's golf leads NCAA regional

May, 5, 2011
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UCLA's women's golf team shot a four-player total of three-over par 291 Thursday and has a four-shot lead after the first round of the NCAA central regional at the Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.

UCLA, ranked No. 2 in the nation, is four ahead of No. 8 Louisiana State and seven ahead of No. 26 Notre Dame. Bruins freshman Ani Gulugian shot one-under 71 and is tied with Notre Dame freshman Nicole Zhang atop the individual leaderboard.

UCLA sophomore Lee Lopez shot 72 and is tied for third in the individual race. Stephanie Kono and Glory Yang each shot 74 to round out the scoring for the Bruins.

The top eight teams after the third round on Saturday will advance to the NCAA championships May 18-21 at Tradition's Club in Bryan, Tex.

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