Sept. 25, 2004
The ninth-ranked UCLA men's golf team travels to the East Coast this weekend to compete in the annual Fall Preview at Caves Valley in the Baltimore area, Sept. 26-27.
The Bruins won their first tournament of the season, the inaugural Gold Rush California Collegiate Golf Showcase, which they hosted at the PGA of Southern California Golf Course in Calimesa.
The Bruins posted a score of 841 (-23) over 54 holes, and defeated second place Stanford by 13 shots. UCLA fired a score of 276 (-12) in the final round.
Sophomore Peter Campbell was the co-medalist in the 180-player field, firing rounds of 69-68-68--205 (-11). It was Campbell's second career collegiate victory.
"We were very excited about winning the first Gold Rush," said UCLA Head Coach O.D. Vincent. "We're hoping to use the momentum this weekend in the Fall Preview."
The Bruins enter the Fall Preview as the defending champions, and boast the defending individual champion in senior John Poucher. Poucher tied for 15th at the Gold Rush with rounds of 71-71-72--214 (-2). He is the only senior on the Bruins roster this season, and is the only player returning from the fivesome that finished second at the NCAA Championships last season.
"We lost a lot of experience from last year's team," said Vincent. "But our core group of returning players this year all played at least 25 rounds last season."
Among that group was Campbell, who won the Carson Daly Invitational as a freshman. In 30 rounds as a freshman, he averaged 74.4 strokes per round with six rounds under par and five rounds under 70.
Sophomore Chris Heintz played 29 rounds last season and averaged 74.0 with five Top 10 finishes and two other finishes in the Top 20. Ninety-five percent of his rounds were counters, a team leader.
Poucher averaged 73.4 in 38 rounds last season and recorded a career-high of 13 rounds under par.
Two true freshmen traveling East this week are Kevin Chappell from Fresno and Daniel Im from LaHabra. Chappell tied for eighth at the Gold Rush after posting a final round 68 (-4) and Im tied for 36th after carding a 71 (-1) in the second round.
"All season long we will have plenty of competition for spots on the travel roster," said Vincent. "If anyone goes into a slump, there will be a lot of players ready to step in and play."