Bruins to Compete in U.S. Intercollegiate at Stanford, Apr. 19-20

April 18, 2008

The third-ranked UCLA men's golf team returns to competition this week, traveling to Stanford to participate in the U.S. Intercollegiate, Apr. 19-20 at the Stanford Golf Course.

Fresh from a 16-stroke victory at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational, the Bruins have risen to No.3 in the national rankings and now boast four tournament titles in Head Coach Derek Freeman's first season.

"This team has begun to see the payoff of its diligence," said Freeman. "As we progress into the championship phase of the season, I expect our top five players to emerge and help us contend for some important titles."

Six players have emerged with enough solid results earn spots on the Gold Team. Unfortunately, only five can play in the Stanford event.

Senior Kevin Chappell, juniors Lucas Lee and Erik Flores and freshman Philip Francis have established themselves as the top four players. Senior Criag Leslie and sophomore Jason Kang will battle for the fifth spot in the next two events.

Chappell, ranked fourth nationally, tied for third place at six-under par in the Augusta State event. Recently named a semifinalist for the Hogan Award, he leads the team in scoring average (71.3) and has Top 10 finishes in five of his seven events this season. For the year, he is 10-under par in 20 rounds.

Flores, a 2006 2nd Team GCAA All-American, has returned to form in 2008. His scoring average of 71.7 is the best of his career and he ranks 16th in the country. He leads the team in career percentage of subpar rounds (40%), and this season 100% of his rounds have been counters. In 23 rounds, he is two-under par.

Lee won the Augusta State tournament with a 10-under par total of 134, his fifth career tournament victory. That total ranks fourth all-time on the UCLA charts. After a sluggish start this season, he has averaged 70.9 in his last 10 rounds with two Top 5 results.

Francis, the top-ranked recruit in the country a year ago, has quietly put together a solid rookie season, recording three Top 20 finishes, an 86% counter percentage and a 73.2 scoring average.

Leslie and Kang have battled most of the season with comparable results. Although Kang boasts a better counter percentage (87%), Leslie has a better scoring average (73.3). Both have recorded a pair of Top 10 finishes, three Top 20 results and four rounds under 70.


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)
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Monday, May 16 - All Day PST
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Tuesday, May 17 - All Day PST
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Wednesday, May 18 - All Day PST
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Friday, May 27 - 7:00 AM PST
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Saturday, May 28 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
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Sunday, May 29 - 7:00 AM PST
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Monday, May 30 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
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Wednesday, Jun 01 - 2:10 PM PST
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