April 28, 2011
The second-ranked UCLA men's golf team prepares for the 52nd annual Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship, hosted by Stanford Apr. 29-May 1 at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, CA.
The Bruins have won three times this season, including their last event -- the Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo GC. They also won the Battle of the Beach in February and the Gifford Collegiate Championship in November. They will enter the conference championship as the Pac-10's highest ranked team. Other conference teams ranked in the Top 20 include: No. 18 California and No. 20 Stanford. Washington is the two-time defending champion.
UCLA has won five Pac-10 titles in men's golf, its last in 2006. Five players have won six individual conference crowns for UCLA with Corey Pavin winning in 1979 and '82. Daniel Im was the last Pac-10 medalist for UCLA in 2006.
Head Coach Derrick Freeman's best Pac-10 finish as UCLA's coach was fourth in 2008. The Bruins later won their second men's golf NCAA title that season.
UCLA's Patrick Cantlay is a candidate for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Pac-10 Golfer of the Year. Cantlay, ranked third nationally by GolfWeek, set a single season freshman school record this season by winning three times. His last victory was at the USC Invitational in March. He leads the Bruins in scoring average (70.7), rounds under par (14) and rounds under 70 (12). He has played 27 round this season in 16-under par.
In addition to Cantlay, the Bruins boast two other players ranked in GolfWeek's Top 30: sophomore Pontus Widegren (#23) and junior Gregor Main (#30). Widegren won the Fall Preview in September and Main won the Del Walker Intercollegiate in March. Widegren leads the team with eight Top 20 results and Main ranks second on the club with 11 rounds under par. Widegren's scoring average is 71.8 and Main is averaging 71.9.
The rest of UCLA's lineup contains junior Alex Shi Yup Kim, a first-team All-Pac-10 selection last season, Pedro Figueiredo, a second team all-conference selection in 2010 and senior Connor Driscoll, who tied for ninth at the 2009 Pac-10 Championship.
The Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship is a 72-hole tournament and with 36 holes to be played on Fri., Apr. 29, followed by 18 holes on Sat., Apr. 30 and Sun., May 1. The best five out of six scores will count for each team. The Stanford Golf Course will play to a par of 70 over 6,742 yards.
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