April 10, 2003
The 10th ranked UCLA men's golf team travels to the ASU Thunderbird Invitational this weekend at the Karsten Golf Course looking for its fifth team title of the season.
Karsten Golf Course will play to a par of 72 over 7,037 yards. Fourth-ranked Arizona is the top ranked Pac-10 team in the 18-team field.
The Bruins won the Western Intercollegiate Tuesday at Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz. The victory was their fourth this season.
Junior Steve Conway won medalist honors at Pasatiempo, his second individual title this season. Conway became the first UCLA golfer since Rich Greenwood in 1987 to win multiple tournaments in one season.
"Steve is playing as well as anyone in the country right now," said Head Coach O.D. Vincent. "He showed tremendous patience at Pasatiempo and beat a solid field."
Conway played the final 36 holes in four-under par and finished at 208, two-under par.
Only one player who represented the Bruins at the Western Intercollegiate - sophomore John Poucher - will also be traveling to Tempe for the ASU event.
"We decided to give some of our other players the opportunity to compete and rest the guys who went to Santa Cruz," said Vincent.
One of the players traveling to the ASU tournament will be freshman Spencer Levin, who won the Azalea Invitational in Charleston, SC, on Mar. 30.
"We're very excited that Spencer has re-evaluated his priorities and re-dedicated himself to UCLA and his teammates," said Vincent. "We expect nothing but positive things from him for the rest of the season."
On Mar. 7, Levin was suspended from the team for violations of team rules. He missed two collegiate tournaments, but won impressively in South Carolina. His score of 275 (65-67-68-75) was nine-under par and he won by five shots.
Levin returns to the lineup with a scoring average of 71.8 in collegiate events, three Top 10 finishes, 10 rounds under par and five rounds under 70.