Fifth-ranked Bruins Prepare to Host CordeValle Collegiate

Oct. 27, 2005

The fifth-ranked UCLA men's golf team prepares to host the first CordeValle Collegiate Oct. 31-November 1 at CordeValle Country Club in San Martin, CA.

'We are excited to be hosting the first CordeValle Collegiate,' said Head Coach O. D. Vincent. 'Without the support of Jack and Rhodine Gifford we could not stage this event. We are very grateful for their support.'

The event features 15 teams, including five from the Pacific-10 Conference, and six teams representing half a dozen other major conferences. Nine of the teams are ranked in the Top 50 in the latest GolfWeek poll. Twelve players, including defending NCAA individual champion James Lepp of Washington, also are ranked in the Top 50.

'This is our last tournament of the Fall season,' said Vincent. 'We'll have to finish well to win because it's a tough field.'

All three UCLA freshmen will be competing in next week's tournament, plus one junior and a sophomore. The freshmen are James Lee, Erik Flores and Lucas Lee.

'All five players were determined based on their season finishes, rankings and qualifying results,' said Vincent. 'The fifth spot was a tough choice because we had any number of players who could have qualified.'

Junior Chris Heintz is the Bruins' top-ranked player, securing No.20 in the latest poll. He ranks second on the team with a 71.6 stroke average and has recorded a pair of Top 5 finishes. Freshman Erik Flores is ranked 23rd and boasts UCLA's top scoring average after two events at 71.5 with a pair of Top 10 finishes. Sophomore Daniel Im also has a 71.6 stroke average and is ranked 31st nationally. Freshman Lucas Lee is ranked 49th nationally with a scoring average of 73.0. James Lee completes the fivesome with a scoring average of 76.2.

The field is comprised of No. 5 UCLA, No. 43 Arizona, Arkansas, No. 25 Augusta State, California, No. 16 Northwestern, No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 17 Pepperdine, Stanford, No. 29 Texas, Central Florida, North Carolina, No. 50 USC, Virginia and No. 11 Washington.

The format for the CordeValle Collegiate calls for 36 holes of stroke play on Mon., Oct. 31 and 18 holes on Tues., Nov. 1. The tournament can be viewed live on CordeValle measures 7,169 yards and carries a par of 72.

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