WESTEWOOD—Irvine-native Ani Gulugian, a freshman at UCLA, helped her No. 2 ranked UCLA women’s golf team battle through tough weather conditions and bring home UCLA’s third NCAA title in women’s golf. UCLA has now won a national-best 107 NCAA titles.
“This was huge for us,” said Head Coach Forsyth said. “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 shot a final round and finished tied for 65th place.
At the 2011 U.S. Amateur Publinks, Gulugian tied for 12th in stroke play. She earned 2010-2011 GolfWeek Honorable Mention All-America honors and ended the season ranked 48th by GolfStat and 38th by GolfWeek
Guligian also earned NCAA All-Central Region honors after tying for eighth place. She made the Director’s Honor Roll in the Fall of 2010.
She earned First-Team American Junior Golf Association All-America honors in 2009, a year in which she recorded seven top 20 results, including five top 10 finishes on the AJGA circuit. She alsocaptured third place at the 2009 Rolex Tournament of Champions and tied for seventh place at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship and recorded a pair of eighth place ties at the PING Invitational and the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship.
In high school, Gulugian earned four varsity letters for University High School in Irvine She was varsity captain and a first-team all-county selection for four years, as well as four-time league MVP
Gulugian was born in Mission Viejo and attended University High School in Irvine. She chose UCLA for the “beautiful campus, school history and the amazing golf team.”
Gulugian says she he athletic thrill was competing in the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open. She also admires many famous athletes, among them Olympic champion Michael Phelps and boxing greats Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather.