UCLA Men's Golf Travels to National Invitational Tournament

April 1, 2007

The 10th-ranked UCLA men's golf team travels to Tucson, Ariz. for the annual National Invitational Tournament, hosted at Omni Tucson National Golf Course, Apr. 2-3.

Omni Tucson National will play to a par of 72 over 7,094 yards. Thirty-six holes will be played on Mon., Apr. 2, followed by an 18-hole final day on Tues., Apr. 3.

"We're looking forward to the National Invitational Tournament," said Head Coach O. D. Vincent. "Tucson National is an enjoyable course."

The Bruins will be joining a tough field that includes six other teams ranked in the GolfWorld Coaches Poll: No. 8 UNLV, No. 12 Texas A & M, No. 18 Arizona State, No. 20 Duke, No. 21 Texas, and 21st-ranked Tulsa.

The UCLA Gold Team, which has won three tournaments this season, will be unveiling a new lineup in the desert. The fivesome features juniors Kevin Chappell and Craig Leslie, sophomores Lucas Lee and James Lee and freshman Jason Kang.

"We're going to experiment with another new lineup and we're excited for the guys who will be traveling," Vincent said.

Chappell won the last gold event, tying for first place at the Oregon Duck Invitational following a final round even par 72. The victory was his second this season -- he won the John Hayt Collegiate on Feb. 20 -- and the third of his career. He ranks second on the team with a 72.4 scoring average.

Leslie earned his spot on the Gold Team this week because of three Top 15 finishes in his last four events. Also, his 94% counter ratio ranks second on the team.

Lucas Lee, ranked 15th nationally this season, has also won twice in 2007, increasing his career victory total to four titles. Lee won the first CS Bakersfield Spring Invitational in February and the Southern Highlands Collegiate two weeks later in Las Vegas. He leads the team with a 72.0 scoring average.

James Lee boasts a 93% counter ratio and recorded a fourth place finish at the UCR Braveheart Classic last month. His scoring average is 74.3.

Finally, freshman Jason Kang recorded a fourth-place finish at the UCR Braveheart Classic last month. He has finished among the Top 25 players in each of his four events in 2007.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Thursday, Feb 04
vs. Amer Ari ...
Waikoloa, HI
Story
Friday, Feb 05
vs. Amer Ari ...
Waikoloa, HI
Story
Saturday, Feb 06
vs. Amer Ari ...
Waikoloa, HI
2nd (-27, 837)
Friday, Feb 26
vs. The Hayt
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Story
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. The Hayt
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Story
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. The Hayt
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
8th (+30, 894)
Monday, Feb 29
vs. TMC Spring ...
Santa Clarita, CA
Story
Tuesday, Mar 01
vs. TMC Spring ...
Santa Clarita, CA
Story
Monday, Mar 07
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
Story
Tuesday, Mar 08
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
Story
Wednesday, Mar 09
vs. Southern Highlands ...
Las Vegas, NV
15th (+60, 924)
Thursday, Mar 24
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
Story
Friday, Mar 25
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
Story
Saturday, Mar 26
vs. The Goodwin
Stanford, CA
T-14th (+31, 871)
Monday, Apr 11
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
Story
Tuesday, Apr 12
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
Story
Wednesday, Apr 13
vs. Western ...
Santa Cruz, CA
9th (+39, 1,089)
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Story
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Story
Sunday, May 01
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
8th (+45, 1,465)
Monday, May 16 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Tuesday, May 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Wednesday, May 18 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Friday, May 27 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Saturday, May 28 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 29 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Monday, May 30 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Tuesday, May 31 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Wednesday, Jun 01 - 2:10 PM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
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