Bruins Finish 30th and Miss Cut at NCAA Golf Championship

June 3, 2005

The 13th-ranked UCLA men's golf team finished its season on Friday by placing 30th at the 108th NCAA Championship, hosted by Loyola College of Maryland at Caves Valley Golf Club near Baltimore.

The Bruins missed the 54-hole cut. The top half of the leaderboard will play the final round on Saturday.

Georgia built a nine-stroke lead entering the final round, despite posting a score of 297 (+17) in Friday's third round. The Bulldogs' three-round score of 855 was 15-over par. Georgia Tech was second at 864 (+24), followed by upstart USC at 875 (+35). Two weeks ago, the Trojans won a playoff at the NCAA Regional to earn their berth into the national championship tournament. In addition to USC, Pac-10 teams from Washington and Arizona State also made the cut.

The Bruins posted a score of 304 (+24) on Friday for a three-day total of 904 (+64). They were five shots behind 29th place Tulsa. Arizona and Stanford also did not make the cut.

The lone bright spot for the Bruins was sophomore Chris Heintz, who fired a 71 (+1) and tied for 36th place at 219 (+9). Heintz's score was the lowest by any UCLA player in the competition. Freshman Kevin Chappell tied for 104th at 227 (+17); freshman Daniel Im tied for 112th at 228 (+18); senior John Poucher tied for 137th at 232 (+22) and sophomore Joakim Renstrom tied for 152nd at 239 (+29).

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