May 15, 2013
The third-ranked UCLA men's golf team, winners of two stroke play tournaments and one match play event in 2012-13, begins play Thursday as the top seed in the Tempe Regional at the Karsten Course on the Arizona State campus. The Bruins will tee off at 7 a.m.
UCLA enters the Tempe Regional as the No.1 seed for the fourth consecutive year. The Bruins are also looking to extend their school record of 10 consecutive NCAA Championship berths. In the last decade in regional competition, the Bruins have captured four titles, recorded seven podium results and produced three individual champions (Travis Johnson, 2004; Kevin Chappell, 2006 and Patrick Cantlay, 2011).
Under Coach Derek Freeman since 2008, the Bruins have recorded four straight podium finishes and five consecutive Top 5 results, won regional team titles in 2009 and 2011 and produced an individual titlist in Cantlay. Last season, the Bruins finished second in the Bowling Green Regional and Pedro Figueiredo was the individual runner-up.
The Pac-12 Conference earned three No. 1 seeds in the six regionals. Top-ranked California, the Pac-12 champion, is the No. 1 seed in the Pullman Region (Palouse Ridge Golf Club), UCLA earned the No. 1 seed in the Tempe Region, while Washington claimed the No.1 seed at the Tallahassee Region (Golden Eagle Country Club).
Other Pac-12 teams selected for the NCAA Regional competition include Stanford (No. 2 seed in the Columbus Region - The Ohio Sate Scarlet Course), USC (No. 3 seed in the Pullman Region), Oregon (No. 8 seed in the Tallahassee Region), Oregon State (No. 9 seed in the Tallahassee Region), Colorado (No. 10 seed in the Fayetteville Region - The Blessings Golf Club), Arizona (No. 11 seed in the Tempe Region) and Arizona State.
The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals, which will be held May 28-June 2, at the Capital City Club Crabapple Course in Atlanta, Ga.
In men's golf, the Pac-12 Conference has claimed 14 NCAA team titles and produced 15 NCAA individual champions. Since 2003, Pac-12 schools have captured three team championships (2004 - California; 2007 - Stanford; 2008 - UCLA) and produced four individual champions (2003 - Alejandro Canizares, ASU; 2005 - James Lepp, Washington; 2007 - Jamie Lovemark, USC; 2008 - Kevin Chappell, UCLA).
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