Men's Golf Team Ready to Compete in Hawaii

Feb. 19, 2002

The UCLA men's golf team and fifth-year senior Parker McLachlin will play in the John A. Burns Invitational beginning Wed., Feb. 20 at the Leleihua Golf Course in Wahiawa, HI.

McLachlin, a Honolulu native, returns to the island where last summer he won the Sports Shinko Rainbow Open at the Mililani Golf Club and the Oahu Country Club Men's Invitational Championship. He won the Rainbow event by two shots with a nine-under par 54-hole score and he won the Oahu CC tournament with a 12-under par three-round total of 201.

As a junior last season, McLachlin qualified as an individual for the NCAA Championships and tied for 16th place.

During the winter of his freshman season, he set a course record of 59 at the Waikoloa King's Course on the island of Hawaii.

Joining McLachlin for the trip will be sophomores John Merrick and Steve Conway and freshmen John Poucher and Breene Murphy.

Merrick, who won the 2001 Southern California Amateur title, has strung together three consecutive top 10 finishes. Currently averaging 72.7 strokes per round, Merrick leads the team with four rounds under 70.

Conway has a stroke average of 75.9, and was the Bruins' top finisher at their first tournament of the season, the Carpet Capital Invitational.

Murphy and Poucher have contributed solidly as first-year players. Poucher fired an even-par 71 in his first collegiate appearance in Arizona two weeks ago and has a stroke average of 72.3. Murphy has finished among the top 30 in his first two outings and posted a collegiate best score of 69 in the second round ot the PING/Arizona Invitational.

The Bruins won the 1987 John A. Burns Invitational.

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