Golfers Win Match Play Championship

Oct. 30, 2007

The UCLA men's golf team won the Callaway Golf Collegiate Match Play Championship Tuesday at the Reynolds Plantation complex in Greensboro, Ga.

In the championship final, fourth-seeded UCLA defeated third-seeded Georgia Tech, 4-1. Senior Kevin Chappell and freshman Philip Francis won all four of their matches in the tournament. For the tournament, the Bruins won 15 of 20 matches. They recorded their second tournament victory in as many weeks.

Francis, playing at No.1 for the final, defeated Chesson Hadley, 2 & 1. Chappell defeated Cameron Tringale, 2 & 1 at No. 3. At No. 4, senior Craig Leslie beat Paul Haley 3 & 1 and at No. 5 James Lee defeated J.T. Griffin, 3 & 2. Previously unbeaten Erik Flores lost 1-up to Taylor Hall at No. 2.

'I'm so excited for our players,' said first-year Head Coach Derek Freeman. 'They have been under a lot of pressure [by] not playing. People have questioned their ability. They stayed focused, worked hard and have done a great job preparing themselves and improving. We played some very good teams and we had some tough matches. Our guys came in wanting to win and played well every round.'

The victory is UCLA's first in the match play championship.

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