May 17, 2008
The second-seeded UCLA men's golf team was tied for fourth place entering the final round of the NCAA West Regional at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.
The Bruins, playing in the first group off the 10th tee on Friday, posted a team score of 294 (+6) for a 36-hole total of 585 (+9). They trailed top-seeded and first place USC by 11 shots. Unranked Oregon continued its stellar play and remained near the top of the leaderboard at 579 (+3) just ahead of third-place Clemson at 580 (+4). The Bruins were tied with Washington. Arizona State climbed the leaderboard with a three-under par score of 285 (-3) for a two-round total of 589 (+13). Tied for sixth place at 17-over par 593 were Pepperdine, Stanford and Kentucky. Wisconsin was 10th at 594 (+18).
After 54 holes, the top 10 teams advance to the NCAA Championship in two weeks at Purdue.
Individually for UCLA, All-Americans Kevin Chappell and Erik Flores were tied for sixth place at one-under par 143. Chappell managed just one bogey, a birdie and 16 pars for an even par round of 72. Flores recorded two birdies on his outward nine, and played his inward nine in even par for a 70 (-2). Those two scores accounted for the Bruins' only consistency. Freshman Philip Francis began the day with birdies on two of his first five holes, only to play his final 13 holes in five-over par, including a double bogey on his last hole. He shot 75 (+3) and was tied for 42nd at 149 (+5). Junior Lucas Lee bogeyed his first three holes, then rallied with a pair of birdies through eight holes. Successive double bogeys plus two more bogeys doomed his score to 78 (+6) and he was tied for 74th at 152 (+8). Senior Craig Leslie posted a 76 (+4) and was tied for 81st at 153 (+9).
Oregon's Joey Benedetti remained in first place at six-under par 138 after posting another 69 (-3).
The final round continues on Saturday.
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