Bruins Win Ninth Team Title in Arizona

March 28, 2006

The fifth-ranked UCLA men's golf team on Tuesday won its ninth tournament title of the season, capturing the National Invitational Tournament, hosted by the University of Arizona at Omni Tucson National in Tucson, AZ.

Despite a stiff afternoon wind, the Bruins posted a final round team score of 288 (E) for a 54-hole total of 850 (-14), seven strokes better than second-place Arizona State. The Sun Devils were six-over par in the final round. Minnesota jumped from a tie for sixth place at the start of the day to finish third at 861 (-3), followed by TCU at 863 (-1) and USC at 864 (E).

Freshman Erik Flores led the way for the Bruins, posting a final round score of 72 (E) and tying for fifth place at 211 (-5). Sophomore Kevin Chappell tied for 14th at 214 (-2) also carding a score of 72. Freshman Lucas Lee tied for 16th at 215 (-1) after posting a 73 (+1) and sophomore Daniel Im tied for 28th at 217 (+1) after carding the team's best round, a 71 (-1). Junior Chris Heintz's 78 (+6) left him in a tie for 34th at 218 (+4).

New Mexico's Jay Choi won individual honors with a three-round total of 210 (-6) after posting a one-under par 71 on Tuesday.

The Bruins will travel Wednesday to Augusta, GA to play Augusta State in a dual match on Thurs., Mar. 30. Over the weekend, UCLA will participate in the Augusta State Invitational at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans, GA.

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