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Pac-12 Championships a ‘dream’ event for coach

UCLA coach Carrie Forsyth grew up around Valencia Country Club, the event’s host course

Posted: April 6, 2013 10:56 p.m.
Updated: April 6, 2013 10:56 p.m.

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Carrie Forsyth has been looking forward to this tournament for a long time.

The 14th-year UCLA women’s golf head coach gets to bring her team to the Pac-12 Women’s Golf Championships later this month at a course she grew up around, Valencia Country Club.

“Since I’ve been a coach, I’ve always sort of dreamt of being able to host a great tournament at Valencia Country Club,” said Forsyth, a Canyon High graduate who lives in Valencia.

It will mark the first time in the tournament’s 26-year history that it will take place in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The tournament will run from April 22-24.

UCLA is the host school this year, which gave Forsyth the task of finding a championship-quality golf course in Southern California suitable to serve as the venue.

In 2004, when UCLA last hosted a conference championship, the tournament took place at Saticoy Country Club in Somis.

This time around, Forsyth was able to secure Valencia Country Club partly because the club no longer hosts an annual PGA Champions Tour event and therefore has availability to host a tournament.

“It’s a superb championship golf course and it should host events of that caliber because it showcases what it is itself and the rest of the Santa Clarita Valley,” Forsyth said.

Given her history with the club, this was a long time coming for Forsyth. She frequently played at the course when she was playing in high school and she worked at the golf course, driving the snack cart, while she was in college.

Forsyth graduated from UCLA in 1994.

In 1999, she took over as head coach of the school’s women’s golf team, and she’s guided it to an incredible run of success since then.

With her running the program, UCLA has won two NCAA championships in 2004 and 2011 and three conference championships, the last in 2006.

Forsyth was inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

UCLA is eighth in the nation in the latest Golfweek.com rankings.

Admission to the tournament is free of charge and open to the public.

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