Nov. 12, 2004
Three top high school golfers have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the UCLA men's golf team beginning in the Fall of 2005, the athletic department announced today.
Lucas Lee of Torrance, James Lee of La Habra and Erik Flores of Grass Valley will play for the Bruins next September.
"We are fortunate to have signed these three young men," said Head Coach O.D. Vincent. "They are all very well-balanced, excelling on the course, in the classroom and in the community. I cannot wait for them to start school next fall and for the opportunity to coach them the next four years. They will make an immediate impact both on and off the course."
Torrance High School senior Lucas Lee won the 2004 CIF Southern Section title with a score of 68. On the AJGA circuit, where he earned All-America mention twice, he recorded seven Top 20 finishes, including a victory at the AJGA IRI Mixed Team Championship. Ranked 15th nationally by Junior Golf Scoreboard and 16th by GolfWeek, he played for the West Team in the 2004 Canon Cup.
Sonora High School star James Lee earned AJGA All-America status three times, including first-team laurels in 2003 when he tied for ninth place at the Tournament of Champions. Recently, he won the AJGA Family Toyota/Honda event. A quarterfinalist at the 2003 U.S. Junior Amateur, he also advanced to match play at the 2003 U.S. Amateur. He is ranked 18th nationally by Junior Golf Scoreboard and 22nd by GolfWeek.
Flores, who currently attends Nevada Union High School, is a two-time AJGA All-American and four-time winner on the AJGA circuit. In August, he tied for second place with future teammate Chris Heintz at the California State Fair at 15-under par. Ranked 10th by GolfWeek and 19th by Junior Golf Scoreboard, Flores finished third at the 2004 AJGA Rolex tournament of Champions. He also was a member of the 2004 Canon Cup West Team.