Bruins Visit Las Vegas for Founders Tournament

March 11, 2004

The third-ranked UCLA men's golf team travels to the Las Vegas Founders Tournament, Mar. 12-14, to be hosted by UNLV at Southern Highlands Golf Club.

The Robert Trent Jones-designed course is home to UNLV's golf team and will measure 7,381 yards and play to a par of 72.

The field is one of the best in college golf, featuring top-ranked Florida and defending NCAA champion Clemson. Also participating are Georgia and Georgia Tech, which are ranked among the Top 5.

Top individuals include Wake Forest's Bill Haas, the nation's top-ranked collegian and Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares, the 2003 NCAA champion. Past champions of this tournament who are participating this year include UNLV's Ryan Moore and Camilo Villegas of Florida.

The Bruins, who tied for sixth place in their last appearance, enter the tournament with three victories this season and 10 in their last 15 events dating to February, 2003. This run of victories includes first-place finishes last season in the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA West Regional. Since the beginning of Coach O.D. Vincent's UCLA tenure, the Bruin varsity has finished among the Top 10 teams in 19 straight events.

"Our team is certainly proud of its recent success," said Vincent, the 2003 Pac-10 and NCAA West Region Coach of the Year. "We look to this tournament as a preview to the post-season and, hopefully, to gauge our prospects for the final stretch drive of the season."

UCLA will be making a change in its lineup this week, substituting freshman Peter Campbell for senior Roy Moon. The rest of the lineup will remain intact with seniors Steve Conway, John Merrick and Travis Johnson as well as junior John Poucher.

Conway leads the team in scoring average at 71.6 and won the MacKenzie Invitational in October. Merrick, the defending Pac-10 Conference medalist, is averaging 72.5 and won the Inverness Invitational in September. Johnson, who also is averaging 72.5, tied for third at the NCAA Fall Preview. Poucher won the Fall Preview and is averaging 73.0.

In the latest GolfWeek poll Conway is UCLA's highest ranked player at No. 41. Johnson is ranked 52nd, Merrick is 70th and Poucher is 90th.


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Thursday, Feb 04
vs. Amer Ari ...
Waikoloa, HI
Story
Friday, Feb 05
vs. Amer Ari ...
Waikoloa, HI
Story
Saturday, Feb 06
vs. Amer Ari ...
Waikoloa, HI
2nd (-27, 837)
Friday, Feb 26
vs. The Hayt
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Story
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. The Hayt
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Story
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. The Hayt
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
8th (+30, 894)
Monday, Feb 29
vs. TMC Spring ...
Santa Clarita, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. TMC Spring ...
Santa Clarita, CA
Story
Monday, Mar 07
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
Story
Tuesday, Mar 08
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
Story
Wednesday, Mar 09
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
15th (+60, 924)
Thursday, Mar 24
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
Story
Friday, Mar 25
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
Story
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
T-14th (+31, 871)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
Story
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
Story
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
9th (+39, 1,089)
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Story
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vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, May 01 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Monday, May 16 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Tuesday, May 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Wednesday, May 18 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Friday, May 27 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Saturday, May 28 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 29 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Monday, May 30 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Tuesday, May 31 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Wednesday, Jun 01 - 2:10 PM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
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