Bruin Blue Team Travels to Pala Mesa Invitational

Feb. 10, 2006

The UCLA men's golf Blue Team travels to the Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook, CA for the Pala Mesa Invitational to be hosted by Drake University, Feb. 13-14.

'We're looking forward to our first Blue Team event of the Spring,' said Head Coach O. D. Vincent. 'The players are prepared and expect to play well.

'Pala Mesa (Resort) is a solid layout and typically in good shape,' Vincent continued. 'We appreciate the invitation from Drake University.'

The UCLA lineup features one junior, three sophomores and a freshman.

In October, the Blue Team won the Chico State/Wells Fargo Invitational with a three-round total of 866 (+2).

At Chico, sophomore Craig Leslie recorded his best collegiate finish, tying for second place at 214 (-2). He played the final 36 holes in four-under par after an opening round 74.

In their final event of the Fall season, the Bruin Blues tied for second place at the Bill Cullum Intercollegiate. Leslie recorded another Top 10 finish, tying for ninth place at 222 (+6).

'Craig is a very athletic player,' said Vincent. 'Fundamentally, he's still learning (the game). He's a great competitor.'

Leslie will play behind freshman Lucas Lee in the lineup at Pala Mesa. Lee tied for 17th at the Chico State event and tied for 11th at The Prestige. His scoring average of 72.8 currently ranks second on the team.

'Lucas is very excited to be at UCLA,' said Vincent. 'He's a great addition to the team.'

Sophomore Brandon Christianson tied for 17th at the Cullum Invitational and boasts more than 35 rounds of collegiate golf experience. Eighty-nine percent of his scores this season have counted in team scoring.

'Brandon is a very natural, feel-gifted player,' said Vincent. 'He finished fourth in our qualifying at the beginning of the year after a summer where he won three city championships.'

Sophomore Matt Marshall was initially expected to redshirt the season and did not play in the Fall. With the departure of junior Joakim Renstrom, Marshall will return for the Spring. Last year, he played 29 rounds and tied for eighth in his final event, the Wyoming Cowboy Classic.

Junior Peter Campbell has won two collegiate events, and tied for fifth at the Chico State Invitational.

'Peter has always been one of the most gifted players,' said Vincent, noting that Campbell won the Gold Rush event last season with three rounds in the 60s. 'He has a great golf swing and he's a proven player.'

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