Bruins Finish Third in Mercedes-Benz Tournament
Feb. 22, 2005
The 11th-ranked UCLA men's golf team finished third in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships, hosted by the University of North Florida at the Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
UCLA and second-round leader Alabama were overtaken by Florida in the final round. The 18th-ranked Gators, who started the final round six shots behind the leaders in fourth place, posted an eight-under par team score of 280 to finish at 874, five shots in front of the Crimson Tide (879) and nine shots ahead of the Bruins (883). UCLA's final round team score of 291 (+3) was its best of the tournament. Augusta State finished fourth at 884 (+20) and Tennessee and South Carolina tied for fifth at 886 (+22).
Individually, UCLA sophomore Joakim Renstrom placed fourth with a 54-hole total of 217 (+1) after posting a final round 72 (E). The finish was the best of Renstrom's collegiate career. Senior John Poucher fired a final round 68 (-4) and tied for 19th place at 222 (+6). Freshman Daniel Im tied for 32nd at 224 (+8), followed by Kevin Chappell who tied for 41st at 226 (+10). Sophomore Peter Campbell tied for 59th at 229 (+13).
Florida's Matt Every won medalist honors with a three-round score of 215 (-1), one stroke ahead of two players who finished at even par.
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