Men's Golfers Win NCAA Championship

May 31, 2008

UCLA senior All-American Kevin Chappell made a par on the 18th hole to give the Bruins a one-shot victory Saturday at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship, hosted by Purdue at its Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind.

Chappell won the individual title by three strokes and led the fourth-ranked Bruins to their first national championship since 1988. He finished at 2-under 286 and was the only player in the field under par for the event. UCLA shot 1194 for the four-day tournament.

The NCAA team championship is No. 103 for UCLA, the most of any school in the nation. Those titles have been won in 17 different sports - nine men's teams and eight women's teams. The Bruins have won 17 NCAA team titles in the past six years.

The title is also UCLA's third in May. On May 11, the women's water polo team won its fourth straight NCAA title and on May 20, the women's tennis team captured its first-ever NCAA team championship.

During the current school year, in addition to the three NCAA titles, UCLA has placed second in women's golf, tied for third in men's basketball (third straight Final Four), tied for third in women's soccer (fifth straight College Cup), tied for third in men's tennis and tied for fifth in women's volleyball.

Sixth-ranked Stanford place second (1195), a shot ahead of No. 3 USC (1196). Oklahoma State finished fourth (1200), followed by Clemson (1201).

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