Flores Leads USA To Victory in Japan
June 24, 2005
UCLA-bound Erik Flores led the United States to 12-stroke victory in the Toyota Junior World Golf Cup. The victory was the seventh team title for the U.S. and it marked the seventh time the Stars and Stripes boasted the individual champion in the 14-year history of the event.
Flores posted a final round, four-under par score of 68, and won by six shots with a 72-hole score of 268, 20-under par. He broke the course record twice, firing a 65 (-7) in the first round and a 64 (-8) in the third round.
Flores, ranked No. 1 by Junior Golf Scoreboard, is set to enroll as a freshman at UCLA in the Fall.
At the 94th California Amateur Championship Friday, UCLA junior Chris Heintz fell 3&2 to Joseph Bramlett of Saratoga in the quarterfinals. Heintz never led in the match, but he had cut a two-hole deficit to one with a birdie at the 11th hole. Bramlett raised the margin to two on the next hole, but Heintz answered with another birdie at the 13th. Heintz lost the next two holes and the 16th was halved to give Bramlett the edge.