UCLA Signs a Pair of Local Golf Standouts
Nov. 16, 2009
UCLA Men's Golf Coach Derek Freeman announced the signing Monday of two local junior golfers, who will attend UCLA in the Fall of 2010.
Anton Arboleda and Patrick Cantlay, both 17, are ranked among the nation's top 50 prep amateurs and are veterans of the junior circuit.
'We're very pleased to sign Patrick and Anton,' said Freeman, who began his third season at UCLA in September. 'Both are experienced junior players, who have participated in tournaments all over the country. Each has been successful on the junior circuit.'
Arboleda, ranked 42nd nationally by the AJGA, placed second in stroke play competition at the 2009 U.S. Boys Junior with scores of 68-72--140 (-2) in June at Bedminster, NJ. He later advanced to the second round of match play. Since April on the AJGA circuit, he's recorded five Top 20 finishes in eight starts, highlighted by a tie for second at the Under Armour / Hunter Mahan Championship, where he recorded scores of 72-70-72--214 (-2). He also tied for 13th at the Heather Farr Classic with scores of 70-71-74--215 (-1). Most recently, he tied for 15th at The PING Invitational at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, OK.
Cantley, ranked 6th by the AJGA, is a two-time First-Team AJGA All-American. He tied for 19th in stroke play at the 2009 U.S. Boys Junior at 147 (+3) before advancing to the second round of match play. He also qualified for the 2009 U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills CC. On the AJGA circuit, he's recorded four Top 10 results in nine starts in the last 12 months. He was the runner-up in the '09 Western Junior Championship with scores of 71-66-74-72--283 (-5). He also tied for third at the Thunderbird Invitational at Grayhawk GC in Scottsdale, AZ in May with scores of 66-66-69--203 (-15). Most recently, he tied for fifth at The PING Invitational last month.
'The signing of these two outstanding young men demonstrates the importance of bringing the best players from California to UCLA,' Freeman continued. 'Both Patrick and Anton had a lot of college options athletically and academically. We're very excited that they chose to become Bruins.'