UCLA Signs Three Players in Men's Golf
Nov. 15, 2008
Head Coach Derek Freeman announced the signing this week of three golfers for the UCLA men's program. Local standouts Mario Clemens (Beverly Hills HS) and Bobby Lange (Harvard-Westlake) will join Pontus Widegren (Sweden) in what is considered a very strong incoming class for 2009.
'This is a great day for UCLA golf,' said Freeman. 'Bobby, Mario, and Pontus will be a tremendous addition to our program. Each one of these players is exciting and will immediately have a positive impact. All three have very decorated junior careers. They each understand that we try to get better every day and are committed to join us in that process.'
Widegren, ranked sixth by the American Junior Golf Assn. and 119th in the world, posted four Top 10 results in recent AJGA events. In August of 2007, he tied for fifth at The Junior Players Championship. Two months later he tied for ninth at the Polo Golf Junior Classic and in May, he tied for fifth at the Thunderbird International Junior with scores of 74-67-70--211. In June, he tied for 12th at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup with scores of 67-70-71-72--270 (-10). In September, he tied for second at the 2008 Junior Players Championship with scores of 74-68-68--210 (-6). He also represented Sweden in the recent World Amateur Team Championship.
In July, Clemens won the AJGA-sponsored Hanmi Bank Jr. Open at Robinson Ranch with scores of 72-68-71--211 (-5). He also placed second at the Las Vegas Junior in June with scores of 69-70-70--209 (-4). On the FCWT circuit, he recorded four Top 15 results in the last year. Last November, he tied for third at the Bear Creek West Open. In February, he tied for third at the LaCosta Classic and a month prior he tied for fourth at the Tahquitz Creek Open. Last month, Clemens was named to the 2008 AJGA Rolex All-America Team.
In June, Lange won the U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier at the Oregon Golf Assn. course in Woodburn, Ore. with scores of 67-68--135 (-9). At the U.S. Junior Amateur at Shoal Creek, he tied for 59th in stroke play at 152 (+8) and lost 4&3 in the first round of match play to Cameron Peck, the eventual champion.