UCLA Leads Pacific-10 Conference Championships After Two Rounds
April 25, 2005
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - The UCLA Bruins lead the Pacific-10 Conference Men'sGolf Championships after the first two rounds of play at the par 71,6,606-yard Walla Walla Country Club, Monday.
The two-time defending NCAA West Regional champion Bruins (No.15/Golfstat), led by freshman Kevin Chappell, fired rounds of 352 (-3) and355 (E), respectively, to give them a two-round score of 707 (-3).Chappell is tied for second with a two-round score of 137 (-5).
Two strokes back of the Bruins are the No. 14 Sun Devils. Led by seniorPat Moore, Arizona State is right in the mix with a two-round team scoreof 709 (-1).
Moore, who is coming off of a victory at the U.S. Intercollegiate, April16-17, leads the tournament with an 8-under 134. Moore's consecutiverounds of 67 give him a three stroke lead over Chappell of UCLA andfreshman Michael Jensen of California.
'I was pretty comfortable with the course today,' Moore said. 'I playedpretty well. I struggled on the back nine, but I was able to keep ittogether.'
Southern California (No. 18) and California, who each have a couple ofplayers in the top 10, are tied for third place, five strokes back ofUCLA. The Trojans' second-round score of 350 (-5) propelled them fromsixth place at the end of the first round to their current position.
Trojan juniors Taylor Wood and Tyler Ley are each in the top 10 after dayone. Wood is tied for fifth with a 3-under 139, while Wood is tied forseventh with a 2-under 140.
The Golden Bears, who are fighting for a spot at the NCAA West Regional,have two players in the top five: Jensen, who is tied for second, andsophomore Brandon Beck. Beck is in fourth place with consecutive rounds of69. Jensen is four strokes back of Monday's leader Moore with a 138 (-4).
'We need a high finish (at the Pac-10 Championships) to earn a spot at theNCAA West Regional,' Jensen said.
The surprise of the day comes from host school Washington State. TheCougars, who are ranked last in the Pac-10 and No. 108 by Golfstat, are insole possession of fifth place. Halfway through the conferencechampionship, the Cougars are three strokes back of third place schoolsSouthern California and California.
Cougar sophomore Kevin Chen leads the Cougars, and is tied for seventhplace with an opening-day score of 2-under 140.
'I think we all know this course very well,' Chen said. 'We have playedthis course several times and I think that gives us an opportunity to makesome moves over the next couple of days.'
Arizona (No. 19) and Stanford are tied for sixth place with a score of 722(+12), Washington (No. 26) is sitting in eighth place with a total of 724(+14), Oregon is in ninth with 726 (+16), and Oregon State is in 10th with729 (+19) to round out the team scoring at the event.
Team Results 1. UCLA (352-355--707, -3), 2. Arizona State (351-358--709,-1), T3. California (353-361--714, +4), T3. Southern California(362-352--714, +4), 5. Washington State (359-358--717, +7), T6. Stanford(363-359--722, +12), T6. Arizona (356-366--722, +12), 8. Washington(371-353--724, +14), 9. Oregon (369-357--726, +16), 10. Oregon State(363-366--729, +19).
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Pat Moore, Arizona State (67-67--134, -8), T2.Michael Jensen, California (69-68--137, -5), T2. Kevin Chappell, UCLA(67-70--137, -5), 4. Brandon beck, California (69-69--138, -4), T5. ErikOlson, Washington (70-69--139, -3), T5. Taylor Wood, Southern California(68-71--139, -3), T7. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State (71-69--140, -2),T7. Kevin Chen, Washington State (70-70--140, -2), T7 Nathan Lashley,Arizona (68-72--140, -2), T7. Tyler Ley, Southern California (72-68--140,-2).