May 29, 2003
The second ranked UCLA men's golf team fell into a third place tie after the third round of the NCAA Championships, hosted by Oklahoma State University at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, OK.
The Bruins posted a score of 301, 13-over par, and fell from first place into a tie with Florida for third place at 899, 35-over par. Clemson posted a team score of one-under par 287 Thursday and took over the top spot at 888, 24-over par. Oklahoma State posted a score of 290 and trails the Tigers by one shot in second place. In fifth place is Wake Forest at 900, followed by Auburn at 903.
Individually for the Bruins, a few tough holes on the inward nine proved costly. On the strength of four birdies, junior Steve Conway posted a two-under par score of 70 and is tied for 23rd at eight-over 224. Junior Travis Johnson posted his third straight score of two-over par 74 and is tied for 17th at 222, six-over par. John Merrick, one-under par through nine holes, triple-bogeyed the 10th and quadruple-bogeyed the 17th for a 77. He is tied for 23rd with Conway and several others. Roy Moon posted an eight-over par 80, which included a triple-bogey on the par 4 17th. Sophomore John Poucher is in 89th place after posting a third round score of 84.
Auburn's Lee Williams built a five-stroke lead entering the final round after posting a 71 for a 54-hole total of 212, four-under par. Kentucky's John Holmes fired a three-under par 69 and is tied for second place with Oklahoma State's Hunter Mahan at 217, one over par.
The field was cut to 18 teams entering Friday?s final round. The Bruins are scheduled to tee off at 9:45 a.m. CDT with Oklahoma State and Clemson.