March 20, 2011
The top-seeded UCLA men's golf team split a pair of matches Sunday in the opening rounds of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, GA.
The Bruins defeated 16th-seeded South Carolina 5-0-0 in the morning's opening matches, but fell 3-1-1 to ninth-seeded Texas Tech in the afternoon.
In the afternoon, the Red Raiders pulled off their second upset of the day by winning three of the top four matches. Freshman Patrick Cantlay, sophomore Mario Clemens and senior Connor Driscoll -- all winners in the first round -- fell in tight matches.
Junior Alex Shi Yup Kim was the only winner, taking a decisive 4 and 3 match at the No.5 spot. Kim never trailed in a match that started on the fourth hole. He sealed his victory with a birdie at the 18th hole.
After Cantlay cut a 2-up lead to one with a par at the 10th hole, the players halved the remaining holes to give Tech's Matt Smith a 1-up victory.
Main was three down after seven holes, but battled back to square the match at the 11th. The rest of the holes were halved and so was the match.
At No. 3, Tyler Weworski defeated Clemens 3 and 1. This match was all square at the ninth hole before Weworski won three of the last six holes.
At No. 4, Driscoll fell 3 and 2 to Chandler Rusk. Rusk made a birdie at the 14th and the rest of the holes were halved.
In the first match, Cantlay, Main and Clemens never trailed and Driscoll and Kim won with late pars.
Cantlay defeated South Carolina's Blaine Woodruff 3 and 2 in a match in which he was 3-up after the third hole and 4-up after 14. He won with a par at the 16th.
Main defeated Dean Hester, 4 and 2, sealing his victory with a birdie at the 16th.
Clemens defeated Wesley Bryan, 3 and 2. The UCLA sophomore was 3-up at the ninth but lost the 11th and 12th holes and was up just one hole. He won the 13th to go 2-up, holes 14-16 were halved and he secured the victory with a par on the 17th.
Starting on the third hole, Driscoll needed all 18 to defeat Logan Harrell, 1-up. The match went back and forth. Harrell birdied the 18th to square the match. The next hole was halved and Driscoll's par at the 2nd gave him a one-hole win.
Kim started on the fourth hole and was one down after Clint Tolleson birdied the 16th and 17th holes. Kim birdied the 18th to square the match and made consecutive pars on the next three holes while Tolleson faltered with two bogeys. Kim won 2-up.
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