Lilia Vu thought she’d see Taylor Swift after missing her flight on Sunday but instead won a major. She’s back at Wilshire, where she played at UCLA
After weather pushed back tee times for the final round of the Chevron Championship, Lilia Vu thought she might as well go to the Taylor Swift concert in Houston that night after missing her 8 p.m. flight.
But then she became the first player to win an LPGA major championship coming from outside the top 10 since Sherri Turner won the LPGA Championship in 1988. Swift would have to wait.
After landing in Los Angeles at 3 p.m. Monday, Vu and her parents went straight to their favorite restaurant – Thanh My in Westminster – and then packed for another three-week stretch.
Vu opened the JM Eagle LA Championship with 2-under 69 in her first round as a major champion. As a student-athlete at UCLA, Vu played Wilshire Country Club every Wednesday morning with her team.
“It’s nostalgia,” said Vu of coming back to the LA club, “and there’s really no golf course quite like Wilshire. I don’t think you can really compare it to anything in my opinion because they’re just so different from the typical surrounding LA courses around here. It’s not easy. Putting is going to be difficult. I think it’s going to be difficult for everybody”
Head Coach Carrie Forsyth has announced her retirement following the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.
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Vu, the winningest player in UCLA history with eight titles, is one of six Bruins in the field this week.
Longtime UCLA coach Carrie Forsyth announced her retirement from coaching on Monday.
In 24 years as head coach at UCLA, Forsyth led the Bruins to two NCAA titles, nine NCAA Regional Championships and 74 tournament victories.
After the NCAA postseason, Forsyth will take on a newly-created role as a special assistant to The Alice and Nahum Lainer Family Director of Athletics Martin Jarmond.
Here’s a closer look at the six UCLA players in this week’s field:
Lilia Vu plays her shot from the second tee during the first round of the JM Eagle LA Championship presented by Plastpro at Wilshire Country Club on April 27, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Vu, now a two-time winner this season, moved up to No. 4 in the world after her victory a the Chevron. She leads the LPGA this season in scoring with an average of 68.6. Vu also led the field at the Chevron in par-3 scoring and now leads the entire tour in that category.
Patty Tavatanakit celebrates after winning the final round of the ANA Inspiration golf tournament at Rancho Mirage Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Patty Tavatanakit won the 2021 ANA Inspiration, now known as the Chevron Championship, for her breakout moment on the LPGA. She won seven times as a Bruin, becoming a rookie on the LPGA in 2020.
Mo Martin was the first UCLA player to win a major at the 2014 Women’s British Open.
Alison Lee of the United States plays her shot from the 11th tee during the second round of The Chevron Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods on April 21, 2023 in The Woodlands, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
While Alison Lee hasn’t yet won on the LPGA, the 28-year-old nabbed her first LET title in 2021. Lee qualified for the Solheim Cup as a tour rookie in 2015. She had four top-10 finishes last season.
Lee won the inaugural ANNIKA Award in 2014, given to the nation’s top collegiate player.
Bronte Law of England plays her shot from the second tee during the first round of the JM Eagle LA Championship presented by Plastpro at Wilshire Country Club on April 27, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
A seven-time winner at UCLA, the sociology major was the 2016 ANNIKA Award winner for national player of the year. Law won her first LPGA title at the 2019 Pure Silk Championship and later that year played a pivotal role in Europe’s Solheim Cup victory in Scotland.
Ryann O’Toole of the United States hits a tee shot on the 11th hole during the first round of The Chevron Championship at The Club at Carlton Woods on April 20, 2023 in The Woodlands, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Ryann O’Toole, 36, became a Rolex First-Time winner with her victory at the 2021 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open. A member of the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup team, O’Toole has $3,289,711 in career earnings.
O’Toole notched twelve top-10 finishes as a Bruin.
Mariajo Uribe of Colombia poses for a portrait at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club on March 22, 2023 in Apache Junction, Arizona. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)
Mariajo Uribe, an LPGA mom and two-time Olympian representing Colombia, won three events while at UCLA and was the 2007 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion. As a pro, Uribe won the 2011 HSBC Brazil Cup, an unofficial LPGA event.