Feb. 26, 2008
The UCLA men's golf Blue Team finished one shot out of first place and junior Erik Flores won his first collegiate tournament on the final day of the Cal State Bakersfield Spring Invitational at Seven Oaks Country Club in Bakersfield.
The Bruins posted a team score of four-under par 284 on Tuesday, one shot shy of Cal State Stanislaus' score of 283 (-5) and finished at 848 (-16). CSUS totaled 847 (-17). Sonoma State placed third at 10-under par 854, followed by host CS Bakersfield at 866 (+2) and Grand Canyon at 871 (+7).
After almost three years and four bridesmaid finishes, junior Erik Flores won his first collegiate tournament. He posted scores of 68-69-69--206 (-10) to win by one stroke over teammate Craig Leslie. Flores' 54-hole score was one stroke shy of the tournament record. Leslie, a senior playing as an individual, fired rounds of 69-70-68--207 (-9). Junior Lucas Lee, also playing as an individual, placed fifth at 209 (-7) after carding rounds of 72-69-68. Senior Brandon Christianson posted one of his best collegiate scores, tying for 11th at three-under par 213 after signing for his third straight 71 (-1). Junior James Lee placed 14th at 214 (-2), sophomore Ben Choe finished 27th at 220 (+4) and freshman Connor Driscoll tied for 31st at 222 (+6).
The Bruins' next tournament is the Ashworth Invitational, hosted by USC at North Ranch Country Club Mar. 3-4.