Golfers Begin 2009-10 Season in the Desert

Oct. 10, 2009

The 15th-ranked UCLA men's golf team travels to the Southern California desert Sunday to participate in the Prestige at PGA West. The tournament will be played at The Stadium Course and features a 13-team field, led by preseason No.1 ranked Stanford.

The Bruins won this tournament three straight times from 2005-2007 before removing it from their schedule two years ago.

In 2009, UCLA will field a young lineup without any upperclassmen: three freshmen and two sophomores. A freshman and a sophomore also will compete as individuals.

'Although we have guys that have not played much at the collegiate level, our guys have a lot of national and international experience' said third-year Head Coach Derek Freeman.

Sophomore Gregor Main is the Bruins' most experienced and decorated player. Last season, he earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors and boasts the team's best returning scoring average of 72.7.

'Gregor will continue to play well this year, said Freeman. 'He has some lofty goals but they're very attainable.'

Second-year letterman Alex Shi Yup Kim is the Bruins' other experienced collegian. Last season, Kim logged 28 rounds and recorded three Top 25 finishes.

The Bruins' freshman class is talented but untested. Mario Clemens was an AJGA All-American as well as an All-CIF selection at Beverly Hills High. Pontus Widegren and Pedro Figueiredo are both seasoned international amateurs who played in the 2008 World Amateur Tournament for Sweden and Portugal, respectively.

'Pontus and Pedro are both veteran players who have played all over the world,' said Freeman. 'I look to them to step in and play well. Mario earned his spot on the travel squad by playing well in qualifying. He's a solid player.'

Sophomore Beau Schoolcraft and freshman Bobby Lange (Harvard-Westlake HS) will compete as individuals for the Bruins.

The 54-hole event runs from Oct. 11-13. UCLA will tee off at 1 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 11.

For live scoring on Sunday, click here.

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