May 30, 2003
The second-ranked UCLA men's golf team finished third at the NCAA Championship, hosted by Oklahoma State at Kartsen Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, OK.
The Bruins posted a team score on Friday of 298, 10-over par, and finished with a team total of 1,197. Top-ranked Clemson won the national championship with a 72-hole total of 1191, 39-over par, followed by Oklahoma State at 1,193. The Bruins' third place finish is their highest ever, excluding the NCAA title they won in 1988.
Wake Forest and Florida tied for fourth place at 1,198 and Arizona State, on the strength of a final round team score of 291, placed sixth.
Individually for the Bruins, junior John Merrick tied for 16th place at 297, nine-over par after carding a 73 in the final round. Travis Johnson tied for 19th at 298. He posted a four-over par score of 76 on Friday. Juniors Steve Conway and Roy Moon tied for 31st at 301. Moon fired a final round even par score of 72 and birdied the final two holes. Sophomore John Poucher tied for 86th place at 326.
Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares won the NCAA individual title with a one-under par total of 287. He fired a final round, three-under par score of 69. Third round leader Lee Williams of Auburn finished second at 289, one-over par after posting a final round score of 77.