This is an incredible story involving our women's our golf team:
The team announced Friday that junior Hannah Jun will rejoin the team and participate in the upcoming competition after missing most of the season because of spinal injuries.
On Dec. 10, 2005, Jun was riding with UCLA football kicker Justin Medlock in his 1998 Toyota Tacoma. According to police reports, the car veered off the 405 Freeway, hit a call box, and flipped over, landing on its roof.
Jun was left with spinal and vertebra injuries, including a fractured vertebra in her neck. Now, after months of rest and rehabilitation, Jun has fully recovered and is ready to compete.
"I'm pretty excited about it," Jun said. "I was kind of bummed not being able to participate all season long, so it's going to be nice to be there. I'm really looking forward to it."
"We are grateful that she will have the opportunity to play in the postseason for us," UCLA coach Carrie Forsyth said in a written statement. "It is a huge emotional boost to our team, and something which I believe will add to the momentum we have been building up over the past two months as we prepare for NCAAs."
In the fall, Jun was ranked among the nation's top 10 golfers. Last year as a sophomore she helped the Bruins to a second-place team finish. She was also a key member of the 2004 team that won the NCAA national title.
But the team knows it cannot expect Jun to be at her best.
UCLA, ranked 2nd in the nation, shares the first-round lead with host and No. 9 seed Washington at even-par 288. Purdue is one shot back in third place at 289 and Georgia is alone in fourth place at 296. The top eight teams advance to the NCAA Championship in Columbus, Ohio later this month.
For details on the NCAA West Regional check out the official website. Good luck to the Lady Bruins.