Bruins Tied for 24th at NCAA Championship Following Opening Round
May 26, 2009
The 14th-ranked UCLA men's golf team was tied for 24th place following the opening round of play at the 112th NCAA Men's Golf Championship at historic Inverness Club in Toledo, OH.
Although the Bruins posted a team score of 306 (+22) and were in front of just three teams, they were only 12 strokes out of eighth place with two rounds to play.
The top eight teams advance to match play following Thursday's third round. Teams one through eight will be seeded according to their finish and three rounds of match play will commence in a 'knock-out' draw.
Fourth-ranked Oklahoma State and top-ranked Georgia were tied for first place at 288 (+4) with 28th-ranked Chattanooga sitting alone in third place at 292 (+8). Sixth-ranked Washington and unranked San Diego were tied for fourth at 293 (+9), followed by Arizona State, Ohio State and Tennessee in a tie for sixth at 294 (+10).
Individually for the Bruins, sophomore Philip Francis fired a cool, one-under par 70 and was tied for fourth place, one shot off the lead. Francis was two-under par as late as the 15th hole, but made a bogey at the 16th before finishing with a pair of pars.
Freshman Gregor Main was tied for 93rd after posting a score of 77 (+5). Main played the first four holes in even par before playing his last 14 in six-over without a birdie.
Sophomore Connor Driscoll managed one birdie, but played 17 holes in nine-over par for score of 79. He was tied for 127th place.
Senior Erik Flores endured a horrible front nine in which he carded a nine-over par 44. He managed to play the inward nine in even par 36 for a score of 80 (+9). He was tied for 139th place.
Freshman Alex Kim bogeyed the first five holes on his way to an outward nine score of 43. He played the inward nine in two-over par for a score of 81 (+10) and was tied for 145th.
Second round competition continues Wednesday and the Bruins will tee off from the 10th hole at 5:20 a.m. PDT.
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