UCLA Falls to 30th after Two Rounds at NCAA Golf Championship

June 2, 2005

The 13th-ranked UCLA men's golf team fell to 30th place after two rounds at the 108th NCAA Men's Golf Championship, hosted by Loyola College of Maryland at the Caves Valley Golf Course near Baltimore.

'Maybe this course just has our number,' said sophomore Chris Heintz.

In September, the Bruins tied for 12th place on the same Caves Valley course while participating in the Fall Preview. UCLA's average of 294.6 per round at that event was one of its highest of the season -- until this week.

On Thursday in mild conditions the Bruins posted a team score of 301 (+21) for a 36-hole total of 600 (+40). UCLA trails 29th-place Purdue by two shots. Georgia leads the 30-team field at 558 (-2), followed by Tennessee at 567 (+7) and Georgia Tech at 572 (+9).

The NCAA Championship is a 72-hole event played over four days. A 54-hole cut, including the Top 15 teams and ties, is expected on Friday.

Individually, Heintz posted a 74 (+4) and was tied for 84th at 148 (+8). Freshman Daniel Im posted a second straight 75 (+5) and was tied for 106th at 150 (+10). Freshman Kevin Chappell, the Bruins' top scorer in the first round, fell into a tie for 118th at 151 (+11) after posting a 78 (+8). Senior John Poucher posted a 76 (+6) and fell into a tie for 135th at 153 (+13), and sophomore Joakim Renstrom was tied for 152nd at 157 (+17).

'A lot of good players are playing poorly,' said Heintz. He noted that top-ranked Ryan Moore of UNLV was five-over par for the tournament, 11 shots out of the lead, second-ranked Rhys Davies of East Tennessee State was nine-over and Oklahoma State's Pablo Martin, the nation's fourth-ranked collegian, was six-over after 36 holes.

Pepperdine's Michael Putnam posted a second straight 67 (-3) and held the 36-hole lead by one stroke over Augusta State's Major Manning.

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