June 3, 2011
Stillwater, OK -
The No. 2/No. 4 (Golfstat/Golfweek) ranked UCLA men's golf team saw its season come to an end on Friday, as they were defeated 3-1-1 by the Duke Blue Devils in the first round of match play at the NCAA Championship.
The Bruins entered the match play stage of the NCAA Championship as the number one seed, but fell behind early in three of the five matches and just could not overcome the deficit. Duke will move on to the match play semifinals to face 5th-seeded Georgia.
National Freshman of the Year Patrick Cantlay, playing in the No. 1 slot, was the only Bruin leading his match when Duke won its third match of the day, thus ending the remaining matches. Cantlay was 2 up on Duke's Brinson Paolini through 15 holes when his match was called. The two decided to finish out the hole though and Patrick went on to win the match 1 up.
Sophomore Pedro Figueiredo, playing in the No. 4 slot, was 2 down with 3 holes to play to Julian Suri, but battled back to tie the match up after the 17th hole. The Bruins had already lost to Duke when the two players came up the 18th fairway, but like Cantlay and Paolini, Figueiredo and Suri decided to finish the 18th hole and finished their match all square.
Junior Alex Shi Yup Kim was in the No. 5 slot and fell to Duke's Austin Cody 3 & 2. Sophomore Pontus Widegren fell behind early to Tim Gornik and could not overcome the early deficit, eventually falling 6 & 5. Finally, junior Gregor Main fought hard against Duke's Wes Roach, but he was defeated 3 & 1, thus sealing UCLA's fate.
For complete results from the match play quarterfinals, click here.