13th-Ranked Bruins Travel to Pac-10/Big-10 Challenge

Oct. 2, 2005

The 13th-ranked UCLA men's golf team begins the 2005-06 season by competing in the Big-10/Pac-10 Challenge, hosted by Northwestern University at the Glen Club in Glenview, IL.

'We're very excited to start the year,' said third-year coach O.D. Vincent. 'We've got a very good young team that is determined to improve and compete at the highest level. I expect us to be extremely competitive both within our team and on the course.'

The Bruins will be playing in tournaments for the next five weeks, and feature a different lineup in each one.

'We're adopting a different strategy this fall,' continued Vincent. 'Each player gets three starts, and as a result, everybody gains a tremendous amount of experience.'

In their first tournament, the Bruins will feature two true freshmen, two sophomores and one junior in their lineup. Two-year veteran Joakim Renstrom improved over the summer after playing in his native Sweden. Sophomores Daniel Im and Brandon Christianson boast more than 50 collegiate rounds after busy first seasons. Freshmen Erik Flores and James Lee are seasoned junior players who enjoyed solid summers.

In last year's inaugural Pac-10/Big-10 Challenge at Bandon Dunes, Minnesota won the team title and Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares won medalist honors.

Fourteen teams will compete in the event, representing the Pacific-10 and Big-10 Conferences. Each year, the top four finishers from each conference will receive an exemption to compete the following year. Northwestern and the University of Oregon, as perennial hosts, are exempt from this rule. Kemper Sports, the event's sponsor, chooses one at-large team from each conference.

The Glen Club, designed by Tom Fazio, plays to a par of 72 over 7,149 yards.

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