UCLA Wins Team Title; Bruin Daniel Im Wins Individual Title
April 26, 2006
UCLA won its fifth men's conference crown and sophomore Daniel Im staved off Arizona State junior Niklas Lemke for the individual title as the Bruins led all four rounds wire-to-wire at the USC-hosted 2006 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship at the Canyons Course at Bighorn G.C., in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Wednesday (April 26).
The Bruins won with a combined 1420 (even), 12 shots ahead of Washington (1432). Arizona State was third (1437) and USC moved up to fourth (1442) with the low round of the day (35). Full results below.
UCLA opened the day with a six-shot lead and it never dipped.
'We started the round well. That hasn't been our strength this year and we've had to save some rounds, but today started well,' UCLA Coach O.D. 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. 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 I had to just par my way in.'
In all of UCLA's five Pac-10 titles, the Bruins featured the individual leader as well.
'Before the tournament, we had the stats on the board and saw that,' Im said. 'I'm glad I could keep the streak alive. The team played really well.'
Said Lemke, who led after the first day and battled Im all of Wednesday: 'I played pretty well, but I screwed up the last couple of holes. I saw how close it was with three holes to go, but I went bogey, double bogey.'
Washington's Erik Olson, the 2005 Pac-10 champ playing with Im in the final pairing, finished third at 281 (-3) after a final-round 70. USC's Tyler Ley and Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares tied for fourth at 282 (-2).
1. UCLA 349-348-362-361 - 14202. Washington 352-352-361-367 - 14323. Arizona State 367-360-349-361 - 14374. USC 364-354-365-359 - 14425. Arizona 360-363-353-368 - 14446. Stanford 358-369-359-360 - 14467. California 371-372-365-371 - 14798. Oregon State 361-369-372-382 - 14849. Washington State 371-374-373-379 - 149710. Oregon 373-384-373-370 - 1500