Bruins Finish 36 Holes at NCAA Championship
May 27, 2009
It was a long day of waiting for the rain to stop, but the 14th-ranked UCLA men's golf team finished its round at the 112th NCAA Championship at Inverness Club in Toledo, OH.
Half the field of 30 teams remained on the course and nine of those teams were 20-over par or worse. The Bruins were 27th at 601 (+33) after 36 holes. The teams remaining on the course will begin play Thursday at 7:30 a.m. CDT (weather permitting) with the third and final round of stroke play scheduled to commence at approximately 10 a.m. CDT.
Following the third round, an individual champion will be crowned and the top eight teams will advance to a 'knock-out,' match play bracket.
Duke was the eighth place team at the end of the day on Wednesday, but was 14-over par for the tournament with nine holes to complete in the second round. Oklahoma State was in first place at 568 (E) after two rounds, followed by top-ranked Georgia at 573 (+5). Forty-fifth-ranked Michigan was working on the day's best round at eight-under par and was in third place at six-over par with a few holes to play. Texas A&M was fourth at six-over 574, followed by Arizona State at 575 (+7).
Individually for the Bruins, senior Erik Flores rebounded from a disastrous opening round to post a two-under par 69. He was seven-over par for the tournament at 149. Consecutive birdies to close his outward nine gave him a one-under par 35 and a birdie at his 17th hole gave him a 34 on the inward side.
Sophomore Philip Francis was the Bruins' overall leader, standing at five-over par 147 following Wednesday's round of 77 (+5). Freshman Gregor Main was at eight-over 150 following a 73 in the second round. Freshman Alex Shi Yup Kim posted a 76 (+5) and was at 157 (+15) and sophomore Connor Driscoll was at 159 (+17) following a round of 80 (+9).
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