May 15, 2008
The second-seeded UCLA men's golf team was tied for second place after the first round of the NCAA West Regional at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.
The Bruins, playing with top-seeded USC, were tied with the Trojans and host University of Washington at three-over par 291. Unranked Oregon took the opening day lead with a score of 289 (+1). Pepperdine was fifth at 292 (+4), followed by sixth-place St. Mary's at 294 (+6). Clemson and North Carolina were tied for seventh place at 295 (+7). Defending NCAA champion Stanford was ninth at 296 (+8), followed by Texas at 299 (+11).
After 54 holes, the top 10 teams advance to the NCAA Championship in two weeks at Purdue.
Individually, senior All-America Kevin Chappell led the Bruins with a first round score of 71 (-1) and was tied for third place. A birdie at the final hole gave Chappell his one-under par score. Tied for 19th place at 73 (+1) were freshman Philip Francis and junior Erik Flores. Francis played the outward nine in three-over par and the inward nine in two-under, while Flores posted nines of 38-35 with two double bogeys (both on par threes), a pair of bogeys and five birdies. Junior Lucas Lee was tied for 31st after carding a 74 (+2). Lee, three-under after six holes, gave it back with a triple bogey seven at the seventh, then went to three-over with another triple bogey at the ninth. Following a bogey at the 12th to go to four-over, he played the final six holes in two-under. Senior Craig Leslie posted a 77 (+5) and was tied for 82nd.
Oregon's Joey Benedetti was the first round leader after posting a three-under par 69 in the morning.
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