Golfers Earn Regional Berth in Kentucky
May 4, 2009
The 19th-ranked UCLA men's golf team earned a berth to one of six NCAA Regional tournaments and will travel to Bowling Green, KY in its attempt to advance to a seventh consecutive NCAA Championship.
The Kentucky regional will be hosted by Western Kentucky University at The Club at Olde Stone, May 14-16. The top five teams and one non-affiliated individual from each regional will advance to the 112th NCAA Championship at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, OH, May 27-30.
'We're happy to have the chance to compete,' said Head Coach Derek Freeman. 'I've heard a lot of great things about the golf course, namely that it's difficult, but fair. Our players are excited.'
From the Pacific-10 Conference, nine teams will be represented. Three of those conference teams -- Washington (The Club at Olde Stone, KY), USC (Lake Merced, San Francisco) and Stanford (Texas GC, Austin) -- were selected as No.1 seeds while UCLA and Arizona State earned No.4 seeds. California, Arizona and Oregon were seeded sixth in their regionals and Oregon State was an 11-seed in San Francisco.
In the 16-year NCAA Regional history, the Bruins have won a pair of championships (2003 and '04), have recorded five Top 5 finishes and have qualified for the NCAA Championship 10 times. Last year the Bruins placed fifth in the West Regional and won the national championship.
Individually, the Bruins have produced two champions: Travis Johnson in 2004 at Sunriver in Oregon and Kevin Chappell in 2006 at Lake Nona GC in Florida. The highest regional finisher on the 2009 team is senior Erik Flores, who tied for eighth place last year at Gold Mountain.