Nov. 7, 2007
The fifth-ranked UCLA men's golf team won its third straight tournament Wednesday, capturing the CordeValle Collegiate title at the CordeValle Country Club in San Martin, CA.
The Bruins, 3-0 in Fall events, won by 11 shots over Stanford and by 19 over USC. They captured their second CordeValle Collegiate title in the three-year history of the event, dethroning defending champion Stanford for this year's crown.
UCLA posted a final round team score of seven-under par 353, the low round of the day, and totaled 1,058 (-12) over 54 holes. Stanford placed second at one-under par 1,080, followed by third-place USC at 1,087 (+7). Lamar finished fourth at 1,089 (+9), Augusta State placed fifth at 1,090 (+10) and Northwestern finished sixth at 1,093 (+13). In seventh place was Coastal Carolina at 1,097 (+17), followed by Arizona at 1,102 (+22). Texas A&M was ninth at 1,109 (+26), Washington was 10th at 1,115 (+35) and Santa Clara placed 11th at 1,145 (+65).
The CordeValle Collegiate was a six player-count five format with 18 holes played each day.
Three players tied for first place honors, including UCLA's James Lee, who carded a final round 74 (+2). Lee, Stanford's Sihwan Kim and Augusta State's Henrik Norlander each finished at five-under par 211. Kim posted a final round 69 (-3) and played the last 36 holes in seven-under par. Norlander carded a 71 (-1) on Wednesday. Lee, two-under par after 10 holes, played the final eight holes in four-over par with a double-bogey 5 at the par 3 16th.
UCLA senior Kevin Chappell led a group of three players who tied for fourth place at four-under par 212. Chappell was banging on victory's door after recording his third straight birdie at the 15th to go to five-under on the day. But he bogeyed two of the final three holes for a final round 69 (-3). The result was his second runnerup finish of the season and ninth straight Top 20 result dating back to last Spring.
Freshman Philip Francis, senior Craig Leslie and junior Erik Flores each climbed the leaderboard in the final round with solid scores. Francis improved 11 spots with a cool two-under par 70 for a 54-hole total of 216 (E). Leslie jumped eight spots with a solid 71 (-1) and tied for 16th at 217 (+1). Flores, six-over par starting the day, fired a 69 (-3) and improved 24 spots to tie for 25th at 219 (+3). Junior Lucas Lee tied for 40th at 224 (+8).
Three Bruins played as individuals. Freshman Connor Driscoll tied for ninth at 215 (-1) after posting a final round 71 (-1). Sophomore Jason Kang tied for 54th at 229 (+13) and sophomore Ben Choe tied for 66th 239 (+23).
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