Bruins Visit Stanford for U.S. Intercollegiates

April 16, 2004

The third-ranked UCLA men's golf team travels to the U.S. Intercollegiates hosted by Stanford. The tournament starts Saturday at the Stanford Golf Course with a 36-hole day beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

The 17-team field features several ranked teams and six Pac-10 schools.

UCLA won the team championship last year, firing a 12-under par score of 840 over 54-holes. The Bruins placed three individuals among the Top 20 finishers, and Roy Moon held the 36-hole lead.

The Bruin varsity won three tournaments during its Fall schedule, and has finished among the Top 10 in all four of its Spring events. Since the Fall of 2002, the Bruins have finished among the Top 10 in 22 straight tournaments.

Four seniors are the cornerstone of the UCLA lineup: Travis Johnson, Steve Conway, John Merrick and Roy Moon. Junior John Poucher also has been a mainstay in the rotation since last season.

Johnson is the Bruins top-ranked player at No.28 in the latest GolfWeek ratings. He ranks second on the team in scoring average at 71.7 and is tied for the team lead with five Top 10 finishes. He also boasts eight rounds under 70, a team leader, and has recorded 12 rounds under par. He recently finished seventh at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic.

Conway has won three times since last season and leads the team in scoring average at 71.6. He leads the Bruins in Top 20 finishes with seven and is tied with Johnson in Top 10 finishes and rounds under par. His seven rounds under 70 ranks second on the team.

Merrick, the defending Pac-10 champion, ranks third on the team at 72.6 with two Top 10s, four Top 20s and seven rounds under par.

Poucher, who won the Fall Preview in September, boasts two Top 10s, three Top 20s and seven rounds under par.

Moon, the reigning Southern California Amateur champion, has three Top 20 finishes.

'We're looking to build some momentum for the Pac-10 Championships,' said Head Coach O.D. Vincent, who earned 1999 (Washington) 2003 Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors. 'It's very important for this team to build momentum and play with confidence from here on out.'

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