UCLA Captures Men's Pac-10 Golf Title

April 26, 2006

The fifth-ranked UCLA men's golf team won its second Pac-10 title under Head Coach O.D. Vincent, defeating defending conference champion Washington by 12 shots at the Big Horn Country Club in Palm Desert. The conference championship was the program's fifth in men's golf and first since 2003. The Bruins also produced the individual medalist in sophomore Daniel Im.

The Bruins began the day at six-under par, six strokes in front of the Huskies. Afternoon winds foreshadowing a predicted storm elevated scores in the late rounds. The Bruins posted a team score of 361 (+6) for a four-round total of 1,420 (E), while the Huskies finished at 12-over par 1,432 after posting a final round score of 367 (+12). Arizona State was third at 1,437 (+17), followed by USC at 1,442 (+22) and Arizona at 1,444 (+24). Stanford placed sixth at 1,446 (+26), Cal was seventh at 1,479 (+59), Oregon State was eighth at 1,484 (+64), Washington State ninth at 1,497 (+77) and Oregon 10th at 1,500 (+80).

'We started the round well. That hasn't been our strength this year and we've had to save some rounds,' Vincent said. 'It didn't seem like anyone else was making a charge. But out there with the way the finishing holes are, with five players counting, anything could happen.

'We didn't feel secure until the final few holes,' Vincent continued. 'At that point, we wanted to make sure Daniel had the information he needed to make the right decisions.'

Im held a one-shot lead over Lemke for much of the day, but after Im had consecutive bogeys on 12, 13 and 14, Lemke had a 2-shot lead. But Lemke, playing three holes ahead of Im, bogeyed 16 and double-bogeyed 17, putting Im back in front.

'I was doing okay and then I started making bogeys,' said Im, who automatically qualifies for the NCAA Championships with the win. 'I found out I was down, and then back ahead. I figured on the last three holes I had to just par my way in.'

In all of UCLA's five Pac-10 titles, the Bruins produced the individual winner as well.

Im became UCLA's sixth individual champion, by beating Lemke by a stroke. Im finished with a 72-hole score of 277 (-7) after posting a one-over par score of 72 on Wednesday. The victory was Im's second collegiate title in two seasons.

UCLA junior Chris Heintz tied for sixth at 283 (-1) after firing a one-under par 70 in the final round. Freshman Erik Flores, the Bruins highest ranked player entering the event, tied for 15th place at 289 (+5) after signing for a 76 (+5). Sophomore Kevin Chappell tied for 17th place at 290 (+6), and freshmen James Lee and Lucas Lee tied for 21st and 26th, respectively. James Lee carded a 72 (+1) and Lucas Lee signed for a 73 (+2).

The Pacific-10 Men's Golf Championship is a 72-hole event using a six-player, count-five format.

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