Golfers Go Low and Jump Up the Leaderboard

April 29, 2009

The 17th-ranked UCLA men's golf team vaulted up the leaderboard in the final round of the 50th Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship on Wednesday.

The Bruins posted an eight-under par score of 352 in the final round and finished sixth at 1,466 (+26), eight shots ahead of No. 2 ranked USC (8th, 1,474, +34) to earn five crucial points in the Lexus Gauntlet race. Sixth-ranked Washington won the conference championship with a 72-hole score of 1,424 (-16), followed by Oregon at 1,442 (+2).

By finishing ahead of USC in the Pac-10 results, the Bruins moved to within five points (50-45) of USC in the year-long Lexus Gauntlet competition.

Senior Erik Flores led the Bruins in the final round with a score of 67 (-5) and tied for third place at five-under par 283. On Wednesday, Flores birdied his first hole and was off to the races, making an eagle on his fifth hole to drop to three-under par. He made another birdie at the eighth, but finished the outward nine at three-under following a bogey at the ninth. On the inward nine, he birdied the par 3 14th and the par 5 18th. He rose six spots up the leaderboard in the final round.

The Bruins also received a 68 (-4) from freshman Gregor Main and a 69 (-3) from sophomore Connor Driscoll. Main birdied three of his first four holes and two of his last four to tie for 24th at 294 (+6). Driscoll posted the best round of his collegiate career, making six birdies and three bogeys. He tied for 13th at 290 (+2) after playing the final 36 holes in five-under par.

With these three players a collective 12-under par, sophomore Philip Francis and freshman Alex Shi Yup Kim managed to hover within three strokes of par. Francis posted a 73 (+1) in the last round and tied for 16th at 291 (+3), while Kim carded a 75 (+3) and placed 53rd at 308 (+20). Freshman Beau Schoolcraft finished 59th at 328 (+40).

Washington's Darren Wallace was the Pac-10 medalist, firing a final round 70 (-2) to finish at 11-under par 277. He beat teammate Nick Taylor by four shots.

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