Bruins Tied for 12th at NCAA Golf Championships

June 1, 2004

The second-ranked UCLA men's golf team struggled against par in the first round of the 107th NCAA Men's Golf Championships at The Cascades Course at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA.

The Bruins posted their worst round of the year, a nine-over par score of 289, and trail first-place California by 10 shots. The Golden Bears, led by Jeff Hood's blistering 65, posted a one-under par score of 279 and lead the 30-team field by one shot.

The Cascades Course is playing to a par of 70 over 6,679 yards.

BYU is second at even par 280, followed by third place TCU at 281. Kentucky, the Central Regional champion, is tied for fourth with Auburn at 283.

The Bruins are tied with Penn State, Washington and Georgia Tech.

The Bruins battled par all day long. At one point they were as high as 11-over and as low as five over. By the end of the round, two players - John Merrick and Roy Moon - had battled back to one-over par, while two others - Steve Conway and John Poucher - couldn't get a handle on their scores.

Only senior Travis Johnson managed to beat par. He fired a one-under par score of 69 and is tied for sixth place. Johnson was coasting at three-under par before consecutive bogeys at his 16th and 17th holes lost two shots to par.

Merrick was four-over par through 10 holes, but reeled off three straight birdies on holes 5-7 (his 14th-16th) and finished with a 71. Moon, four-over through five holes, dropped a birdie putt on his eighth hole for an outward 38, and then played his back nine in two-under for a 71. Both players are tied for 30th.

Conway, five-over after four holes, reeled off three straight birdies to post an outward 37 (+2). But he played the back nine in six-over par without a birdie for a 78, which the Bruins were forced to count. He is tied for 141st.

Poucher, who won the Fall Preview at this course in September, managed just one birdie on a card that featured eight bogeys and a double-bogey on his first hole. His 79 is tied for 148th.

Second round action of this 72-hole event continues on Wednesday.

For complete results, click here.


EVENT INFORMATION
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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 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, Apr 29 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, May 01 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
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