Bruins Charge to Victory in Battle at the Beach

Feb. 16, 2010

The 14th-ranked UCLA men's golf team used a final round charge to overtake two teams and hold off another for its first victory of the 2010 season, a one-shot triumph in the inaugural Battle at the Beach at Pelican Hill GC in Newport Coast, Calif.

The Bruins fired a season-best seven-under par team score of 348 for a 54-hole score of 1,055 (-10), one shot better than 48th-ranked Arkansas and No. 6 Washington, which tied for second at 1,056 (-9). Oregon State, the second round leader, fell to fourth place at 1,060 (-5), followed by fifth-place San Diego State 1,070 (+5).

UCLA's team victory negated a fine performance by Arkansas, which posted the low round of the day, 346 (-9), and boasted the individual co-medalist David Lingmerth, who fired a final round score of 64 (-7).

The Bruins celebrated their own round of 64 by freshman Pontus Widegren, who tied for third place individually at 206 (-7). Widegren began the day quietly -- he was one-under par through eight holes -- before going six-under on his last 10 holes. The run included an eagle at the par 4 13th. The round was Widegren's lowest as a collegian and UCLA's best single round since 2008.

In addition, three other Bruins recorded subpar rounds on Wednesday: junior Connor Driscoll and sophomores Alex Shi Yup Kim and Gregor Main. All three players posted one-under par rounds of 70. Kim tied for 11th at 211 (-2), Main tied for 15th at one-under 212 and Driscoll tied for 26th at 215 (+2).

UCLA's remaining two players -- Pedro Figueiredo and Mario Clemens -- both carded scores of 74 (+3) in the final round. Clemens tied for 40th at 218 (+5) and Figueiredo tied for 63rd at 224 (+11).

Freshman Bobby Lange, playing as an individual, tied for 84th at 237 (+24).

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