April 19, 2002
The UCLA men's golf team with seven top 10 finishes this season will play in the U.S. Intercollegiates at the Stanford Golf Course, Apr. 20-21.
The Bruins will field a team of two freshmen and three sophomores for an event they last won in 1998. That season, they won with a score of 877 and three UCLA players finished among the top 20.
In their last appearance, the Bruins finished ninth at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational with a 54-hole team score of 852, 12-under par. That score was the third-best three-round total of Coach Brad Sherfy's six-year tenure.
Two weeks ago the Bruins recorded a 54-hole score of 854 at the Oregon Duck Invitational and finished third. That total was 10-under par at Shadow Hills CC.
Sophomore John Merrick, the 2001 Southern California Amateur champion, ranks second on the team with a scoring average of 72.8. He tied for 14th at the ASU event with a three-round total of 210, six-under par. Merrick boasts three top 10 finishes and five in the top 20. He also leads the team with eight rounds under par and five rounds under 70.
Freshman John Poucher leads the Bruins in scoring average at 72.7 in 15 rounds. All 15 rounds have counted in team scoring. Two weeks ago he tied for third place at the Oregon Duck Invitational with a 54-hole score of 210, which was six-under par. That score established a career best 54-hole score for the Santa Barbara native, who also tied for 18th at the John A. Burns Invitational in February.
Freshman Breene Murphy's 73.7 scoring average ranks third on the team. He boasts a pair of top 20 finishes and three rounds in the 60s.
Sophomore Steve Conway ranks fourth on the team with scoring averages of 74.1. Conway tied for 14th at the ASU Thunderbird event with Merrick, and also tied for 19th at the Oregon event, playing the final 36 holes in four-under par.
Sophomore Roy Moon rounds out the lineup. Moon placed ninth at the 49er Classic in November and has a scoring average of 75.3.