Feb. 19, 2008
The second-ranked UCLA men's golf team came up short in its bid to overtake the leaders on the final day of the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational Tuesday at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
At one point during the last round, the Bruins trailed fourth-ranked Alabama by one stroke down the stretch. But the Bruins played the final three holes in one over par, while the Crimson Tide played the same stretch in two-under par. As a result, the Bruins finished four shots behind at 877 (+13), despite a final round score of 289 (+1). Alabama posted a two-over par score of 290 for a 54-hole total of 873 (+9). North Florida tied for third at 886 (+22) with Tennessee. Charlotte and Florida tied for fifth at 889 (+25).
Individually for the Bruins, sophomore Jason Kang tied for second place at two-under par 214 after posting a final round score of 68 (-4). Kang's score was the best in the tournament and just one of three scores under 70 for the entire 54 holes. On the day, he recorded seven birdies -- four on the outward nine -- and three bogeys.
Senior Kevin Chappell, the 2007 medalist at this tournament, was one-under par through 15 holes in the final round before bogeys at the 16th and 18th holes gave him a 73 on Tuesday. He tied for 12th at 219 (+3). Freshman Philip Francis tied for 21st at 222 (+6) following a final round 73 (+1) and senior Craig Leslie tied for 38th at 10-over par 226 following a final round 75 (+3). Junior Lucas Lee signed for a 78 (+6) and tied for 54th at 228 (+12).
Georgia State's Joel Sjoholm won medalist honors with a three-day total of 209 (-7).
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