Fourth-Ranked Bruins Travel to the Desert for NCAA West Regional

May 16, 2007

The fourth-ranked UCLA men's golf team travels to the Arizona desert for the NCAA West Regional Championship, hosted by Arizona State at the Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., May 17-19.

The NCAA West Regional is a 54-hole stroke play event, producing team and individual champions. Karsten Golf Course will play to a par of 72 over 7,057 yards. The top 10 finishers advance to the NCAA Championship, May 30-June 3 at Golden Horseshoe Golf Course in Williamsburg, Va.

Since 2002, the Bruins have recorded four straight Top 10 regional finishes, including a pair of victories (2003 at Washington National and 2004 at Sunriver) and a tie for fourth at Stanford in 2005. Last season, as first-time East Regional participants, the Bruins placed seventh at Lake Nona Country Club in Florida.

"We're very happy with the No. 2 seed, and that we will be staying within our region and playing a course with which we are familiar," said Head Coach O. D. Vincent. "The field for the West Regional is one of the toughest with nine automatic qualifiers, eight Pac-10 teams and several teams ranked in the Top 25."

In addition to the fourth-ranked Bruins, the West features No. 2 ranked Stanford, sixth-ranked UNLV and 10th-ranked USC, which won the Pac-10 title two weeks ago. Also competing are No. 14 East Tennessee State and host Arizona State, which is ranked 18th.

The West Regional also will showcase three of the nation's top ranked individuals in USC's Jamie Lovemark, ASU's Niklas Lemke and Rhys Davies of East Tennessee State.

This season, the Bruins have won a total of five team tournaments and placed second in seven others. UCLA enters this event with four consecutive runner-up results. Overall in four-plus seasons, Vincent has guided the Bruins to 35 tournament crowns, a national leader.

Three UCLA players have won five individual tournaments this season, and two -- junior Kevin Chappell and sophomore Lucas Lee -- are playing this week. During his tenure, Vincent has coached 12 players who have won 21 individual titles, including a pair of conference and regional crowns.

"We feel confident entering this event," said Vincent. "We've had a solid season, and now it's time to build momentum for the national championship. We're ranked among the top teams in the country, and we need to play like contenders in these last two tournaments."


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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)
Friday, Apr 29
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Story
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
Story
Sunday, May 01
vs. Pac-12 Championships
Salt Lake City, UT
8th (+45, 1,465)
Monday, May 16 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Tuesday, May 17 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Wednesday, May 18 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Regionals
TBA
Friday, May 27 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Saturday, May 28 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Sunday, May 29 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Monday, May 30 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Tuesday, May 31 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
Wednesday, Jun 01 - 2:10 PM PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Eugene, OR
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS