Nov. 5, 2006
Second-ranked UCLA will complete its fall season by hosting the CordeValle Collegiate men's golf tournament, featuring five teams ranked in the nation's Top 10, according to GolfStat.
The 54-hole tournament will take place at the CordeValle Country Club in San Martin, Calif. on Nov. 6-7. CordeValle will play to a par of 72 over 7,119 yards. A 36-hole shotgun start will kick off the tournament at 7 a.m. on Mon., Nov. 6. Teams will tee off in the final round from holes #1 and #10 at 7 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 7. Live scoring of the tournament can be viewed at www.golfstat.com.
"We're very fortunate that Jack and Rhodine Gifford have made this tournament possible," said Head Coach O.D. Vincent. "Their generosity has elevated this event into one of the nation's finest collegiate golf tournaments.
"The field for this year's tournament is very strong," Vincent continued. "We've got several ranked teams and league champions, and some of the strongest programs in the country competing. We're very excited to finish the Fall season hosting the CordeValle Collegiate."
In addition to the Bruins, the tournament will feature fourth-ranked Coastal Carolina University, sixth-ranked USC, eighth-ranked Lamar and No. 10 Stanford. Top individuals include USC's Jamie Lovemark (#1), Coastal Carolina's Dustin Johnson (#3), Stanford's Zack Miller (#13) and UCLA's Lucas Lee (#18).
The Bruins, winners of two of their first four Fall events, hope to defend the title they won by six shots last year over Northwestern. In all, seven conference champions will be competing at CordeValle, plus nine participants from the 2006 NCAA Championship.
The Bruins will field a five-some of two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman, plus two individuals.
Juniors Kevin Chappell and Daniel Im are both past tournament winners for UCLA. Chappell won the 2006 NCAA East Regional at Lake Nona CC (Florida) in May and earned 2nd Team All-Pac-10 honors. Im is the defending Pac-10 champion, who earned first-team all-conference honors. Both players earned Honorable Mention All-America honors.
Sophomores Erik Flores and Lucas Lee have enjoyed equally impressive UCLA careers. Flores, who boasted four runner-up finishes as a freshman and led the Bruins in scoring average (71.2), earned 1st Team All-Pac-10 acclaim and 2nd Team All-America honors. Lee, a two-time winner last season, currently leads the Bruins with a sparkling 71.7 scoring average and two Top 5 finishes.
Freshman Jason Kang has enjoyed a solid Fall, winning a pair of matches at last week's Collegiate Match Play Championship.
The UCLA individuals, junior Craig Leslie and sophomore James Lee, each boast Top 10 finishes in two starts this season. Leslie won the Pala Mesa Invitational last season, and Lee competed in the NCAA Championships as a freshman.