May 31, 2011
Stillwater, OK -
The No. 2/No. 4 (Golfstat/Golfweek) ranked UCLA men's golf team got off to a good start at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship, finishing the first round in second place.
The Bruins recorded an overall score of 286 (-2), which put them three strokes behind leaders Georgia Tech, who posted a score of 283 (-5). Third-ranked Alabama ended the day in 3rd place at 288 (E) while the Texas A&M Aggies are currently in 4th place at 289 (+1). Georgia, Illinois and Ohio State all tied for 5th place at 291 (+3) while No. 1 ranked Oklahoma State ended the day in 8th place with a score of 292 (+4). The top eight finishers after Thursday's round will move on to a match play bracket beginning on Friday.
"We are pleased with how the guys played today," Head Coach Derek Freeman said. "They stayed patient when there was poor execution and made some putts when the opportunity presented itself. The conditions were there for scoring chances. There was very little wind and we took advantage of the day. It puts us in a good spot after the first round, but there is still a lot of golf left to play. We are looking forward to getting off to a good start in the morning."
Individually, sophomore Pedro Figueiredo and junior Alex Shi Yup Kim each shot a first round 71 (-1) to finish the day tied for 9th place, four shots back of the leader. Freshman Patrick Cantlay and junior Gregor Main both posted a 72 (E) for their rounds to end the day tied for 19th place. Main got off to a rocky start after shooting +3 on the front nine, but bounced back on the back nine by recording three birdies to finish at even par. Finally, sophomore Pontus Widegren posted a 79 (+7) and is currently tied for 121st place.
James White of Georgia Tech was the first round leader with a score of 67 (-5).
For complete results from round one and tee times for round two, click here.