May 27, 2003
The second ranked UCLA men's golf team is in eighth place after the first round of the NCAA Men's Golf Championships, hosted by Oklahoma State University at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, OK.
The Bruins posted a score of 303 on Tuesday, 15-over par, and trail the tournament leaders by four strokes. Host Oklahoma State, North Carolina State, top-ranked Clemson and Auburn are tied for first at 11-over par 299. USC and Duke are tied for fifth at 12-over par 300, followed by seventh place Florida at 302. Wake Forest and Texas round out the top 10 at 16-over par 304.
Individually for UCLA junior Travis Johnson is tied for 21st after posting a 74. John Merrick is tied for 29th at three-over par 75 and Roy Moon is tied for 44th at four-over 76. Junior Steve Conway, who double-bogeyed his eighth and ninth holes, is tied for 72nd at 78, six-over par. Sophomore John Poucher posted his worst score as a collegian, an eight-over 80.
"We had a 40-minute delay today because the course was playing so difficult," said Johnson. "The rough is real high and guys are taking a long time to find their ball."
Auburn's Lee Williams leads the field after posting a three-under par 69. Chris Stroud, an individual qualifier representing Lamar University, is tied for second place with Augusta State's Oliver Wilson at two-under par 70.
"The course is playing so difficult that teams will not be going under par," said Johnson. "It's a real test of patience, and our team just has to hang in there. We'll get it done."
Second round action continues on Wednesday. UCLA will tee off at 7:30 a.m. CDT.