Men's Golfers Finish Third at U.S. Intercollegiates

April 23, 2001

The UCLA men's golf team placed third Sunday at the U.S. Intercollegiates, hosted by Stanford at the Stanford Golf Course.

The Bruins posted a 54-hole score of 858, six over par, and defeated several teams, including USC and Stanford, that were ranked higher. Arizona won the event with a three-round team total of 837, 15 under par, and Arizona State was second at even par 852. The Bruins' impressive finish enables them to improve their regional ranking, a key component to earning a berth in the NCAA West Regionals, May 17-19, at Oregon State.

UCLA's Parker McLachlin and J.T. Kohut turned in clutch performances. McLachlin finished in a tie for eighth place at 212, one under par, after playing the final 36 holes in five under par. It was the fourth-year junior's best finish of the season. Kohut, averaging 76.6 entering the event, fired opening rounds of 72-68 before finishing in a tie for 11th at even par 213. His second round score was a collegiate best and his finish also marked a career best.

Other UCLA players finished as follows: sophomore Travis Johnson tied for 26th at 217, freshman Steve Conway tied for 33rd at 218 and freshman John Merrick placed 38th at 219.

Arizona's Chris Nallen captured medalist honors with a seven-under par total of 206, followed by teammate Andy Connell and ASU's Jeff Quinney, who tied for second at 210, three-under par.

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