College Women

Women's fall countdown: No. 3 UCLA

Alison Lee was a leader for the UCLA Bruins as a freshman last year.
Alison Lee was a leader for the UCLA Bruins as a freshman last year. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Monday, September 1, 2014

Next up on our women's 2014 fall countdown, No. 3 UCLA:

Editor's note: The rankings are those of our college expert, Julie Williams, as she looked ahead to the collegiate preseason. The official Golfweek/Sagarin rankings won't be available until a couple of weeks into the fall season.

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Preseason rank: 3

Final 2013-14 Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 2

2013-14 in review: With Alison Lee putting together a player-of-the-year caliber freshman year, the Bruins stormed through the season with four victories. A Bruin won the individual title every time UCLA teed it up in the fall (Lee accounted for two of those). The season ended with a third-place finish at NCAAs.

Notable departures: Ani Gulugian

Key returnees: Alison Lee, Erynne Lee, Bronte Law, Louise Ridderstrom

Newcomers of note: Lydia Choi, Erin Choi, Aliea Clark

Circled on fall calendar: Annika Intercollegiate

Fall outlook: The level of UCLA’s success hinges on what Alison Lee does at LPGA Q-School. If she gets her LPGA card, she won’t return to the Bruin roster. Senior Erynne Lee is a top-10 machine and will be a major factor. Law and Ridderstrom also provide support. Bottom line: To seriously contend in the postseason, UCLA needs Alison Lee. readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.