May 6, 2002
The UCLA men's golf team earned the 13th seed into the Men's NCAA West Regional Championship, May 16-18 at the Championship Course at the University of New Mexico.
The Bruins, who have recorded nine top 10 finishes in 11 appearances this season, will attempt to advance to the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. Last year, the Bruins tied for sixth place in the regional championship at Trysting Tree Golf Course in Corvallis, OR.
USC is the top seed in the 27-team field and heads a list of nine conference champions in the west regional. Washington, Arizona, Oregon, Washington State, Stanford, Arizona State and California also will represent the Pacific-10 Conference.
The top 10 teams and two individuals from each of the three, 54-hole NCAA regional tournaments will advance to the 2002 NCAA Men's Golf Championships at Ohio State, May 29-June 1.
In other UCLA golf news, red-shirt junior Travis Johnson continued his assault on the Southern California amateur circuit by winning the Camarillo City Amateur Championship Sunday at Sterling Hills Golf Course.
Johnson posted scores of 73-68-141 to win by two shots over Wayne Merich. Last month, Johnson won the Southern California Public Links Amateur Championship with a one-under par, 36-hole score of 143 at Oak Valley Golf Course in Beaumont.
Johnson is sitting out his junior season at UCLA, but has managed to play in a number of amateur tournaments with solid results.
In March, he finished third at the Lompoc City Championships held at LaPurisima Golf Course, and in January he tied for 18th at the Greater International Amateur Championship in New South Wales, Australia.