UCLA Men's Golfers Qualify for NCAA Championships with Seventh-Place Regional Finish

May 20, 2006

The UCLA men's golf team has qualified for the NCAA championships, to be held May 31-June 3 at Sunriver, OR.

Today at the NCAA East Regional at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club in Orlando, Fla, the Bruins shot a spectacular 286 (-2), one of the lowest rounds of the day, to secure a spot in the championships. In addition, sophomore Kevin Chappell captured individual medalist honors.

UCLA's three-round total of 878 (+14) moved it up two spots to seventh place. The top 10 teams and two individuals on non-qualifying teams advance to the NCAA Championships, May 31-June 3 at Sunriver, Ore.

Wake Forest shot the day's top round, a -5 283, to moved past Georgia and win the East Regional title with a three-day total of 864 (E). The Bulldogs finished second at 865 (+1), including today's round of 287 (-1). They were followed by Texas Tech at 873 (+9), North Carolina at 874 (+10), Coastal Carolina and Charlotte at 877 (+13), UCLA at 878 (+14), Auburn at 879 (+15), South Carolina at 881 (+17) and UNLV at 884 (+20).

Individually for UCLA, sophomore Kevin Chappell, who was tied for eighth place after two rounds, shot 68 (-4) today to capture the East Regional championship with a three-day total of 211 (-5), one stroke ahead of three other players.

Freshman Erik Flores carded a 71 (-1) today and moved from 27th to a tie for 18th place with a three-day total of 219 (+3). Sophomore Daniel Im shot 228, junior Chris Heintz carded a 229 and freshman Lucas Lee posted a 230.

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