Men's Golf Recap from Pebble Beach and Japan
June 23, 2005
UCLA golfers enjoyed more success on Wednesday as Kevin Chappell and Chris Heintz each won their first round matches at the California Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach and incoming freshman Erik Flores increased his lead at the Toyota Junior World Golf Cup.
Chappell, a sophomore, won an exciting 19-hole first round match against Bob Niger of El Dorado Hills. Niger erased Chappell's two-hole advantage with a birdie at the 10th and took a one-hole lead with a par at the par 3 12th. Chappell squared the match with a birdie at the 13th. Niger took the lead with a par at the 17th, but Chappell's birdie at the par 5 home hole squared the match after 18 holes. In the sudden-victory playoff, Chappell birdied the long, upwind 17th to advance to the next round.
In the second round amateur veteran John Pate, whose brother Steve earned All-America honors for UCLA in 1983, defeated Chappell 3 & 2.
Heintz held a three-hole lead through seven holes against Bobby Powers of Watsonville in the first round. That advantage dropped to one hole at the turn before a par and a birdie at the 11th and 12th gave him a three-up lead. Powers birdied the 15th to cut the deficit to two, but ran out of holes when the 16th and 17th were halved.
In the second round, Heintz rallied from a two-hole deficit after seven holes to tie the match at the 10th. The next five holes were halved until Heintz made par at the 16th and sealed the match with a birdie at 18.
Heintz will meet Joseph Bramlett of Saratoga Friday morning in the quarterfinals.
In Japan, UCLA Flores broke the course record he set in the first round by firing a 64 (-8) to build a six-stroke lead entering the final round of the Toyota Junior World Golf Cup. Flores boasts a 54-hole total of 200 (-16) and the United States has overtaken England for the team lead, 1,252-1,257.
In rankings released Thursday by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, Flores was rated the country's top golfer with a differential of -4.15. In addition, James Lee, another UCLA fall enrollee, was ranked 13th.