Men's Golfers Begin Winter Schedule

Jan. 30, 2003

The 17th ranked UCLA men's golf team travels to Tucson, AZ, next week to participate in the PING-Arizona Intercollegiate Golf Tournament at Arizona National Country Club. The 54-hole event will take place over two days on Feb. 3 & 4.

The Bruins, who recorded four Top 5 finishes during their Fall schedule, are expected to field a team of four juniors and a true freshman in their first tournament of 2003.

Junior Roy Moon has shown the biggest improvement of the season, tying for second place in the MacKenzie Invitational with three rounds below 70. He has knocked off two strokes from last year's stroke average.

Junior John Merrick, the 2001 Southern California Amateur champion, was invited to the Walker Cup practices at Hilton Head, SC, over the Thanksgiving holiday. He also participated in the prestigious Sun Bowl/Western Refining event which included a field of 25 All-Americans from the 2002 season.

Fourth-year junior Travis Johnson tied for fifth at the Pacific Invitational in September and tied for 17th at the MacKenzie event. He ranks second on the team with a stroke average of 72.1.

Junior Steve Conway ranks third on the team with a stroke average of 72.3. He tied for seventh at the Pacific Invitational and boasts three rounds under 70 in nine rounds played.

Freshman Spencer Levin has proved to be a standout player, leading the Bruins in several statistical categories, including stroke average at 71.2. In four events, he has placed among the Top 10 three times and tied for 19th in another. He leads the team with seven rounds under par (12 played) and boasts four rounds under 70, tied for the team lead with Moon. Among collegians, Levin is ranked 50th in the country.

Sophomore John Poucher and senior Sang-Eun Ji each played in the Bruins' final Fall event. Ji tied for 23rd and Poucher tied for 33rd at The Prestige.

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