May 10, 2004
The third-ranked UCLA men's golf team travels to the NCAA West Regionals, May 20-22, at Crosswater Golf Course in Bend, OR. The University of Portland will serve as the host school.
The Bruins enter the tournament as the West's No.1 seed for the second straight year. Arizona State is the No.2 seed and Pac-10 champion Arizona earned the third seed. Seven Pac-10 teams will be competing at the West Regional.
"It's a great honor to be selected as the top seed in the West again," said Head Coach O.D. Vincent. "We are prepared to defend our title, and this is the first step on the road to the national championship."
In the regional championship format, the Bruins' only victory came last year by one shot over Arizona at Washington National. In 10 years, the Bruins have qualified for the NCAA Championships four times out of the regional format. Two other times they have qualified an individual.
The top 10 teams plus the top two individuals unattached to a qualifying team will advance from each regional site to the NCAA Championships at The Cascades Course in Hot Springs, VA.
This season, the UCLA varsity has won four 54-hole events, and was ranked No.1 in October. Four players have won individual titles, most recently senior Roy Moon, who won the Northwest Shootout May 3 on the Crosswater Golf Course. In the Fall, UCLA seniors John Merrick and Steve Conway and junior John Poucher each won an individual title.