March 10, 2011
Las Vegas, NV -
The No. 1/No. 3 (Golfstat/Golfweek) ranked UCLA men's golf team will travel to Las Vegas, NV to play in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters Tournament. The tournament will take place from Friday, Mar. 11th to Sunday, Mar. 13th and will be played at Southern Highlands Golf Club.
First round action will begin at approximately 8:00 a.m. PT on Friday and fans at home can follow live scoring at Golfstat.com.
Fifteen teams will battle for team and individual honors, including five from the Pac-10 (UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal and USC) and an astounding 10 ranked in the Golfstat top 25 (UCLA, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Texas, Georgia, Texas Tech, Duke, Cal and USC).
In their last tournament, the Bruins took home second place at the USC Intercollegiate in Westlake Village, CA with a score of 852 (E). The San Diego State Aztecs were the winners of the tournament, finishing two strokes ahead of UCLA at 850 (-2).
Individually, freshman Patrick Cantlay won his third tournament of the year with his victory at the USC Intercollegiate. He finished with a 54-hole score of 207 (-6) and won by two strokes over Scott Pinkney of Arizona State. Cantlay has now finished in the top two in four straight tournaments and is shooting a whopping -23 for the entire year. He also leads the team in scoring average at 70.0 and has recorded 11 rounds under par out of 18 played.
As for the rest of the Bruins, sophomore Pontus Widegren and freshman Anton Arboleda tied for 8th place in Westlake Village at 214 (+1). This was Arboleda's first top-10 finish of the year and Widegren's second. Senior Connor Driscoll tied for 24th at 217 (+4) while sophomore Mario Clemens tied for 57th with a 226 (+13). Earlier this week, junior Gregor Main won the Del Walker Intercollegiate at Virginia Country Club in Long Beach, CA. He shot a 54-hole score of 203 (-7) and won by seven strokes over Santa Clara's Rick Lamb. The win was Main's first of his career and earned him a spot on the Bruins' roster for the Southern Highlands Tournament.
Cantlay, Main, Widegren, Driscoll and Arboleda will all be competing for the Bruins this weekend.
Last year, UNLV and UCLA shared the Southern Highlands team title with an overall score of 899 (+35) in the five count four scoring format. Arizona State golfer Jesper Kennegard was the individual medalist as he posted an overall score of 219 (+3).