O. D. Vincent Named Coach for U.S.-China Friendship Cup

May 22, 2006

UCLA men's golf coach O. D. Vincent has been selected to coach the American squad in the inaugural USA-China Friendship Cup, July 27-29 at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. Vincent will join Duke's Dan Brooks in leading the 12-player team, which will consist of eight men and four women -- all true freshmen.

The 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Vincent has guided the Bruins to four straight NCAA Championship berths, two NCAA Regional titles, a pair of Pac-10 championships and 30 tournament titles during his tenure. This season the Bruins won 11 tournaments, a national leader.

'It is an honor to be selected as the coach of the U.S.-China matches,' said Vincent. 'I look forward to the opportunity to coach a group of very deserving young players while working side-by-side with one of the most accomplished collegiate coaches ever, Dan Brooks. Beyond the results of the competition, the goodwill and unique cultural experience will be something I am sure none of us will ever forget.'

Brooks has led Duke to 11 straight Atlantic Coast Conference titles, three national championships and 94 collegiate victories in his 21-year tenure.

The bi-annual Friendship Cup will be played in Beijing in the summer of 2008 just prior to the beginning of the Summer Olympics, and will return to the United States in 2010.

In other UCLA golf news, three former UCLA players and one incoming freshman advanced to sectional qualifying for the 104th U.S. Open, scheduled for June 15-18 at Winged Foot GC.

Incoming freshman Jason Kang of Valencia, Calif., and former UCLA All-American Byron Schlagenhauf advanced with 69s at Crystalaire CC on May 16.

Former UCLA All-American Jay Delsing qualified for sectional play with a 73 on May 9 at Meadowbrook CC in St. Louis, MO, and Mike Miller, who played for the Bruins in the mid-1990s advanced with a 71 at Riverbend GC in Madera.

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