Men's Golfers Qualify For NCAA Championships

May 19, 2001

The UCLA men's golf team qualified for the NCAA Men's Golf Championships by tying for sixth place Saturday in the NCAA West Regionals, hosted by Oregon State at Trysting Tree Golf Club.

The Bruins posted a score of 294 on Saturday and recorded a 54-hole total of 881, tied for sixth place with Oregon State and Stanford. Arizona State won the event with a three-round total of 852, 12-under par, followed by Arizona at 867, UC Irvine at 871, Pacific at 872 and South Carolina at 880. The other qualifiers were Wake Forest at 882 and Washington at 883.

USC, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Fresno State, California and Nevada-Las Vegas were some of the local teams that failed to make the cut.

For the Bruins, freshman John Merrick tied for sixth place individually with a 54-hole score of 214, two-under par. He posted a score of 71, one-under par, on Saturday. Other final round UCLA scores include Travis Johnson's 73, Parker McLachlin's 74, J.T. Kohut's 76 and Steve Conway's 84.

South Carolina's Kyle Thompson and Arizona State's Matt Jones shared individual medalist honors at 208, eight-under par. ASU's Jin Park finished third at 211.

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