Second-Round Rally Gives UCLA a Championship Berth

March 22, 2009

The 31st-ranked UCLA men's golf team busted a bracket Sunday, rallying in the second round to gain a berth in the championship draw at the Collegiate Match Play Championship at The Farms in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

The Bruins finished fifth in the 36-hole team medal play qualifier Sunday, firing a four-under par 284 for a two-round total of 593 (+17). They rallied from last place after the first round to gain a spot in the championship bracket.

Indiana placed first at 585 (+9) following a six-under par 282 in the afternoon round. San Diego State and Florida State tied for second at 588 (+12), followed by fourth place Texas A&M at 590 (+17). Texas Tech finished sixth at 597 (+23), followed by Middle Tennessee, Stanford and Arizona State tying for seventh place at 601 (+25). Arizona State lost the tiebreaker for the last two spots and was entered into the consolation bracket of the match play draw.

Teams finishing ninth through 16th were relegated to the consolation bracket.

Individually, senior Erik Flores led the Bruins with a two-round total of 140 (-4), tying for second place after posting rounds of 72-68. Sophomore Connor Driscoll tied for 30th at 151 (+7) following scores of 79-72. Sophomore Beau Schoolcraft and freshman Gregor Main tied for 36th at 152 (+8). Schoolcraft improved 10 strokes in the second round with a score of 71 (-1) and Main chopped six strokes off his first round with a score of 73 (+1). Sophomore Philip Francis tied for 43rd at 153 (+9).

In the first round of match on Monday the Bruins will meet Texas A&M.

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