Bruins 11 Shots Back Entering Final Round of Pac-10 Championships

April 27, 2004

The third-ranked UCLA men's golf team cut the deficit to 11 shots between it and first-place Arizona State entering the final round of the Pac-10 Championships being held at the Gallery at Dove Mountain North Course in Tucson, AZ.

The Bruins are in sole possession of third place at 1,087, two shots behind host Arizona (1,085) and 11 shots back of leader Arizona State (1,076). Washington is fourth at 1,106, followed by USC at 1,113.

The Pac-10 Championship is a 72-hole event, featuring a best five-of-six scores format.

On Tuesday, the Bruins fired an eight-under par 852, the low round of the tournament. Seniors Travis Johnson and John Merrick and junior John Poucher all posted rounds under par.

Johnson, who is tied for third at five-under par 211 entering the final round, fired a four-under par 68 on Tuesday. His card featured seven birdies and three bogeys. Unfortunate bogeys at the 15th and 16th holes kept him from the top of the leaderboard.

After playing the first 36 holes in 10-over par, Merrick put together a workmanlike three-under par 69 that featured three birdies and 15 pars. He is tied for 21st at seven-over par 223.

Poucher has played the last 36 holes in three-under par. Tuesday, he made four birdies and two bogeys for a two-under par 70. Both bogeys came during the last four holes, although he managed a birdie on the 18th. He is ninth at one-under 215.

Senior Steve Conway, who started the day in sixth place, went south fast after a double bogey at the first and a triple bogey eight at the fifth. A birdie at the ninth gave him a 40 on the outward nine. He played the back nine in one-under par for a 75 and is tied for 10th at one-over 217.

Senior Roy Moon, tied for 39th at 10-over par to start the day, climbed into a tie for 31st after posting a one-over par 73. Moon was one-under after a birdie at the par 3 12th, but bogeyed two of the last five holes.

Freshman Peter Campbell turned disaster into celebration near the end of his round. He was four-over par at the 15th tee before reeling off four straight birdies to finish with an even par round of 72. He is tied for 27th at nine-over 225.

Defending NCAA champion Alejandro Canizares fired a six-under 66 and is tied for the 54-hole lead with Arizona All-American Chris Nallen at seven-under par 209.

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