Men's Golf Program Signs Two Players
Nov. 15, 2005
The UCLA men's golf program signed two players to National Letters of Intent, the athletic department announced today.
Jason Kang (Hart HS, Valencia, CA) and Charlie Harris (Sunnside HS, Fresno, CA) are expected to join the Bruins in the fall of 2006.
'We are fortunate to have both Charlie and Jason join our Bruin Golf family,' said Head Coach O. D. Vincent. 'They are both accomplished players who have their best golf ahead of them. What is most exciting is that they both are very eager to join a competitive team environment and add a tremendous amount to the ever-growing UCLA Golf tradition. We're anxious for them to start in the Fall.'
Kang recorded four Top 10 finishes in seven events this past summer on the AJGA circuit. His best showing was a third place finish at the 2005 Toyota/Honda Junior, where he posted scores of 69-71-71-211. In five AJGA events in 2004, he finished among the Top 20 in all of them, including a second place finish at the IRI Tri-Cities Junior with scores of 66-71-69-206. He was ranked ninth nationally by the AJGA and 10th by GolfWeek.
Harris enjoyed a solid summer. He tied for 15th at the 2005 U.S. Junior Amateur with scores of 67-73-140 (E) before falling in the first round of match play. In 2004, he advanced to the second round of match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur after tying for sixth place with scores of 70-74-144 (+4).
Both players are expected to add talent and depth to lineup already loaded with competition. This Fall, the Bruins won three events, and rose to their current ranking of fifth in the country, while playing all ten of their players in at least three of six scheduled events.
The Bruins won the Chico State Invitational on Oct. 11, The Prestige at PGA West on Oct. 18 and the CordeValle Collegiate on Nov. 1.
'It was a busy and successful fall season for us,' said Vincent. 'The highlight was winning our inaugural invitational at CordeValle. Having five players currently ranked in the Top 100 individuals is a great start. We have established a very competitive team framework and atmosphere that should provide a tremendous learning environment for our players. I am really looking forward to a productive off-season to start this spring a better team than we are today.
'We have a lot of work to do to give ourselves and opportunity to win the NCAA Championship in June,' Vincent continued, 'but we have made big strides in the right direction.'
Freshman Erik Flores, who has finished among the Top 10 in each of his three tournaments and leads the team with a stroke average of 71.2, is ranked 16th nationally by GolfWeek.
Sophomore Daniel Im is ranked 20th nationally and ranks second on the team with a stroke average of 71.6. He also has three Top 10 finishes.
Junior Chris Heintz is ranked 35th nationally after placing among the Top 20 in three Fall events. He ranks third on the team with a 71.8 scoring average.
Sophomore Kevin Chappell, ranked 50th, placed second at the Bill Cullum Intercollegiate. His scoring average of 74.1 is the team's fifth-best.
Freshman Lucas Lee boasts a 72.8 scoring average with a pair of Top 20 finishes and four rounds under par. He is ranked 80th in the country.