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Golf, Softball, NCAA Champions

  • Published Jun 1, 2004 8:00 AM

A pair of UCLA women’s teams captured national championships in May: golf (May 21) and softball (May 31). Both teams started the month ranked number two, and ended their seasons hoisting NCAA trophies.

For the golf team, it was only the second title in UCLA history. Coach Carrie Forsyth, National Golf Coaches Association coach of the year, was a member of the 1991 championship team. She is in her fifth year as head coach.

“This means everything to our university, our staff and our girls,” Forsyth said. “'They have all worked so hard this year. They dedicated themselves to our system.”

Junior Charlotte Mayorkas credited the whole team: “We came into today and stuck to our game plan . . . My teammates did a great job of coming through in the clutch, and it’s still a bit of a shock that we won this thing.” Sophomore golfer Susie Matthews added: “It’s an absolutely great feeling to be national champions. I like the sound of that.”

For the softball team, it was the second championship in a row. In a repeat of 2003, the final game came down to UCLA vs. Cal. For the first four innings, Cal had a perfect game and a 1-0 lead. But senior Claire Sua hit the first pitch of the fifth inning into the seats. A hit batter and a walk put two Bruins on base, and freshman pinch-hitter Kristen Dedmon drove them both in for a 3-1 lead.

Coach Sue Enquist paid tribute both to Cal and to her own team. “Cal-Berkley was an incredible opponent . . . it's hard to package the emotion knowing this season had so many wonderful journeys. All of what we learned during the year we had to apply in this tournament. We had to believe, had to be resilient, had to be able to separate our offense and defense.”

Winning pitcher Keira Goerl summed up the feelings of the seniors: “I'm pretty emotional right now. UCLA's been such a big part of my life. To go out like this is awesome and this is truly the last day to wear my uniform."

UCLA, already the leader with 91 national championships, now has 93. So far all three team championships this year belong to the UCLA women: gymnastics, golf and softball.

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