June 3, 2004
The second-ranked UCLA men's golf team surged into the lead entering the final round of the 107th NCAA Men's Golf Championships in Hot Springs, VA.
The Bruins posted the low round of the tournament Thursday, firing a five-under par team score of 275 and they own a 54-hole total of 847 (+7). UCLA boasts a five-shot lead with 18 holes remaining to play at the par 70, 6,679-yard Cascades Course at The Homestead Resort.
Central Regional champion Kentucky is second at 852 (+12), followed by California at 855 (+15). Washington and Arizona are tied for fourth at 856 (+16) and top-ranked Florida is sixth at 858 (+18).
Half of the 30-team field was still on the course at noon Pacific time, but none of them were within 15 shots of the Bruins.
The Bruins played the final two holes Thursday in four-under par and increased their lead from one shot to five by the end of the round.
Individually for UCLA, senior Roy Moon fired a five-under par 65 in the third round and vaulted from a tie for 50th place into a tie for 10th at even par 210. Moon's card featured six birdies and a bogey, and he played the inward nine in three-under par 32.
Senior Travis Johnson posted his third straight round under 70 by posting matching 34s on each nine. Johnson finished with a pair of birdies that not only increased the Bruins' lead, but moved him into a tie for fourth with top-ranked Bill Haas of Wake Forest at five-under par 205. Both players are four shots behind the tournament leader Ryan Moore of UNLV who shot a 64 and is at 201, nine-under par.
Senior John Merrick birdied his last two holes for a one-under par 69 which moved him from a tie for 75th at the start of the day into a tie for 32nd at six-over par 216.
The Bruins tee off in Friday's final round beginning at 9:21 a.m. EST.
For complete results and tee times for the final round, click here.