Bruins Start Hot at NCAA Golf Championship

May 31, 2006

The fifth-ranked UCLA men's golf team climbed to second place after the first day of competition at the 106th NCAA Men's Golf Championship, hosted by the University of Portland at Crosswater Golf Club in Sunriver, Ore.

With their first tee time scheduled after midday, the Bruins knew the number they were targeting to pull into contention. Fifteenth-ranked Wake Forest sat atop the leaderboard at 11-under par 277, followed by Washington at 281 (-7). At the end of the day the Bruins were second at 280 (-8), sandwiched in between the Demon Deacons and Huskies. Second-ranked Oklahoma State was tied for third with Washington. Clemson, UCLA's playing partner, was fifth at 282 (-6).

Surprisingly, top-ranked and defending champion Georgia was tied for 20th at 293 (+5) and No.4 Georgia Tech was 30th at 301 (+13).

From the Pac-10, Arizona State was tied for 11th at 287 (-1) and Arizona was tied for 23rd at 296 (+8).

Individually for the Bruins, sophomore Daniel Im posted a consistent 68 (-4) and was tied for fifth place. The Pac-10 champion had no bogeys on his card and played each nine in two-under par.

Sophomore Kevin Chappell was tied for 15th after posting a 70 (-2). The East Regional champion was four-under through 16 holes before bogeys 17 and 18 returned two shots to par.

Freshmen Erik Flores and James Lee each posted solid scores of 71 (-1) and were tied for 28th. Flores was two-under before a bogey at the par 3 17th brought him to one-under. Lee flirted with par all day until making birdie at the 18th.

Junior Chris Heintz started his day with a triple bogey seven on the first hole and never recovered. He double-bogeyed the par 5 sixth and bogeyed the ninth to go out in 42 (+6). He made nine straight pars on the inward nine for a 78 (+6).

Wake Forest's Kyle Reifers was the first round leader after posting a 65 (-7).

The 72-hole tournament concludes on Saturday.

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