Bruins Win NCAA West Regional by a Stroke

May 17, 2003

The top-seeded UCLA men's golf team won its seventh tournament title this season by capturing the NCAA West Regional championship by one stroke over Arizona. The University of Washington hosted the tournament at Washington National Golf Course in Auburn, WA.

The victory was the Bruins' first regional title in the 11-year history of the NCAA regional format. The Bruins will advance to the NCAA Championships, May 28-31, as one fo the nation's top three seeded teams. Oklahoma State will host the event at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, OK.

The Bruins posted a score of five-over par 293 in Saturday's final round, while Arizona, led by 2002 U.S. Amateur champion Ricky Barnes, made a charge with a three-under par score of 285. The Bruins finally held off the Wildcats with a three-round total of 864, even par, and Arizona took second at 865. UNLV and Georgia tied for third at 871, and Arizona State and New Mexico tied for fifth at 879. Tied for seventh were Washington and USC at 880 and tied for ninth were Oregon and San Diego State. The tournament had not finished at press time, and the tie between the two ninth place teams would have to be settled to determine which team would advance to the NCAA Championships in two weeks.

Individually, the Bruins were led by junior Steve Conway who posted three straight rounds of 71 to finish at 213, three-under par. John Merrick posted an even par score of 72 in the final round and finished with a 54-hole total of 214, two under par. Merrick fired a course record 67 on Friday, which was matched on Saturday by Barnes and Georgia's Dan Kisner. Travis Johnson tied for 17th at 218, two-over par. Roy Moon and John Poucher tied for 34th at five-over par 221.

Although a few players remained on the course, it appeared New Mexico's Michael Letzig would win medalist honors at 208, eight-under par. Barnes was second at 211, followed by teammate Chris Nallen at 210.

For complete results for all the regionals, please access GolfStat.com.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Thursday, Feb 04
vs. Amer Ari ...
Waikoloa, HI
Story
Friday, Feb 05
vs. Amer Ari ...
Waikoloa, HI
Story
Saturday, Feb 06
vs. Amer Ari ...
Waikoloa, HI
2nd (-27, 837)
Friday, Feb 26
vs. The Hayt
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Story
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. The Hayt
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Story
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. The Hayt
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
8th (+30, 894)
Monday, Feb 29
vs. TMC Spring ...
Santa Clarita, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. TMC Spring ...
Santa Clarita, CA
Story
Monday, Mar 07
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
Story
Tuesday, Mar 08
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
Story
Wednesday, Mar 09
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
15th (+60, 924)
Thursday, Mar 24
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
Story
Friday, Mar 25
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
Story
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
T-14th (+31, 871)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
Story
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
Story
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
9th (+39, 1,089)
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Story
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Story
Sunday, May 01
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
8th (+45, 1,465)
Monday, May 16 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Tuesday, May 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Wednesday, May 18 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Friday, May 27 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Saturday, May 28 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 29 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Monday, May 30 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Tuesday, May 31 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Wednesday, Jun 01 - 2:10 PM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS