Golfers Travel to Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships

Feb. 18, 2005

The 11th-ranked UCLA men's golf team will travel to Florida next week for the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships, hosted by the University of North Florida at the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Format for the tournament calls for 54-holes of medal play Feb. 20-22. Results can be obtained by accessing

In their last event, the Bruins placed 13th, despite missing the 54-hole school record by four shots. The Bruins' three-round total of 834 was 30-under par and ranks as the second best tournament score in school history.

Were it not for an unfortunate bit of bad luck, the Bruins would have fared better.

Sophomore Joakim Renstrom entered the final round at the TaylorMade Intercollegiate tied for fourth place at nine-under par, five strokes behind the leaders.

But a bout with food poisoning the night before forced him to withdraw on the front nine. The Bruins were forced to use their four remaining scores and still posted a score of 274 (-12).

All four remaining players finished under par with sophomore Peter Campbell leading the way at six-under 210.

Campbell is tied for the team lead in scoring average at 72.8 in 14 rounds. He leads the team with four rounds under 70 and is tied for the team lead in rounds under par at five.

Senior John Poucher also boasts a scoring average of 72.8. He leads the team with four Top 20 finishes and is tied for the team lead with five rounds under par.

Freshmen Daniel Im and Kevin Chappell will be making the trip to Florida. Im has played in every tournament this season and has a scoring average of 73.9. At the TaylorMade event, he posted rounds of 69 and 65 and finished at three-under par 213. Chappell finished second, competing for the Blue Team at the Carson Daly Invitational after posting rounds of 70-69-74--213 (E).

Finally, Renstrom boasts a scoring average of 73.8. However, in his last six rounds he has been 10-under par and has posted five sub-par rounds.

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