April 15, 2011
The second-ranked UCLA men's golf team prepares for the 65th annual Western Intercollegiate, hosted by San Jose State Apr. 16 and 17 at Pasatiempo Golf Course in Santa Cruz, CA.
Tournament format calls for 36 holes on Sat., Apr. 16, followed by the final round on Sun., Apr. 17. The best five out of six scores will count for each team. Pasatiempo will play to a par of 70 over 6,615 yards.
The 15-team field features five teams ranked in GolfWeek's Top 20 (thru Apr. 6), plus Pac-10 clubs from Oregon, USC and Washington. UCLA's Patrick Cantlay (#1), Stanford's Andrew Yun (#4) and Augusta State's Henrik Norlander (#19) are the highest ranked individuals.
UCLA last won this tournament in 2003 with a score of 855 (+15). Former UCLA All-American Steve Conway won the individual title that year with a score of 208 (-2). Last season, the Bruins captured second place and Alex Shi Yup Kim was UCLA's top player, tying for fourth place at 207 (-3).
Head Coach Derek Freeman announced the following lineup for the Western Intercollegiate: juniors Alex Kim and Gregor Main, sophomores Mario Clemens, Pedro Figueiredo and Pontus Widegren and freshman Patrick Cantlay.
As mentioned, Kim recorded the Bruins' best finish at this event last season on his way to first-team All-Pac-10 honors. This season, he's averaging 74.5 with three Top 20 results.
Main last year tied for 10th place at the Western on the strength of a second round 67 (-3). This season, he's won one tournament and placed in the Top 20 in four others. He's averaging 72.0 and ranks 24th nationally by GolfWeek.
Widegren tied for 14th place in Santa Cruz last season with scores of 75-70-68--213 (+3). In 2011, he's won one tournament and recorded six other Top 20 results. He's averaging 72.0 and is 14-over par through 23 rounds. This week he was ranked 28th by GolfWeek.
Clemens this year won his first collegiate event and is currently ranked 112th nationally by GolfWeek. He is averaging 72.3 with six rounds under par.
Figueiredo has overcome a wrist injury to return to the lineup. Though he is averaging 74.4, he tied for 12th at the Augusta State tournament earlier this month. Last year, he tied for seventh at Pasatiempo.
Finally, Cantlay has emerged as one of the nation's elite collegiate players this season. Earlier this week, he was named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Hogan Award, given to college golf's best player. In early April, he was ranked first nationally by the major polls. He enters the Western Intercollegiate ranked first by GolfStat and second by GolfWeek. He leads the Bruins in scoring average (70.6), victories (3), Top 10 results (6) and rounds under par (13).