Four UCLA Players Earn All-Pac-10 Honors
April 30, 2004
Four UCLA golfers were named to the All-Pac-10 Team Friday. Seniors Travis Johnson and Steve Conway earned all-conference honors for the second consecutive year. Senior John Merrick, the 2003 Pac-10 individual champion, was honored for the third time in his UCLA career and junior John Poucher earned all-conference honors for the first time.
'To see four of our players earn these honors in the toughest conference in the nation is extremely gratifying,' said Head Coach O.D. Vincent. 'It shows the respect that people have for the UCLA golf program.'
Johnson, ranked 27th nationally, leads the Bruins in every statistical category, including stroke average at 71.5. Last season he earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors, GCAA All-America Honorable Mention laurels and First-Team GCAA Academic All-America honors.
Conway was voted to the All-Pac-10 Second Team after earning first-team honors in 2003. He ranks second on the team in scoring average at 71.7 and won the MacKenzie Invitational in October. He has three career victories and is ranked 35th in the nation. Last season he earned 2nd Team All-America honors from the GCAA.
Merrick earned second-team all-conference honors for the third straight year. He ranks third on the team in scoring average at 72.6. Earlier this season he won the Inverness Invitational, his second career tournament victory. He has earned All-America Honorable Mention honors in each of the last two seasons by virtue of his high individual finishes at the NCAA Championships.
Poucher has enjoyed his best season at UCLA, averaging 73.1 and posting 11 rounds under par. In September, he won the Fall Preview, his first career tournament victory.
From Arizona, Rick LaRose was voted Coach of the Year, senior Chris Nallen earned Player of the Year and freshman Henry Liaw received freshman of the year honors.