UCLA Represented by Five Players at U.S. Amateur
Aug. 15, 2003
UCLA will be represented by one former and four current players when the103rd U.S. Amateur commences on Monday at historic Oakmont Country Club inOakmont, PA. One of golf's most grueling tests, the Amateur features36-holes of stroke play, followed by single elimination match play,culminating in a 36-hole final on Aug. 24.
The winner receives a one-year exemption into the U.S. Open and theBritish Open Championship, plus an invitation to the Masters Tournament.In addition, the U.S. Amateur champion is exempt from the following year'stournament, if still an amateur.
UCLA All-Americans Steve Conway, John Merrick and Travis Johnson, alongwith junior John Poucher and former Bruin standout Parker McLachlin willbegin play Monday in hopes of becoming UCLA's first U.S. Amateur champion.
Conway earned Second Team All-America honors in 2003 by winning twoindividual titles and leading the Bruins in scoring average. Merrick, atwo-time All-American, won the 2003 Pac-10 Championship and was the topsectional qualifier for the U.S. Amateur at Aurora CC in Aurora, IL.Johnson earned 2003 Honorable Mention All-America honors and GCAA AcademicAll-America acclaim. Poucher, who qualified with a 36-hole score of 136 atGenoa Lakes Golf Course in Genoa, NV, tied for eighth at the SCGA AmateurChampionship in June and placed third at last month's Scratch PlayersChampionship.
McLachlin, who tied for 16th at the 2001 NCAA Championships, graduated in2002 after lettering four seasons for UCLA.
In the current GolfWeek amateur rankings Johnson is ranked 36th, Merrick 39th, Conway and senior Roy Moon are tied for 75th and Poucher is 90th.