Bruins Head to Augusta for Busy Weekend

March 29, 2006

The fifth-ranked UCLA men's golf team was on its way to Augusta, GA, for a dual match with Augusta State and to participate in the 28th Annual Augusta State Invitational at Champions Resort Golf Club in Evans, GA, Apr. 1-2.

UCLA enters the ASU Invitational as the highest ranked Division I team in the field, which features No.14 Clemson, No.15 Ole Miss and No.21 Minnesota. The University of South Carolina-Aiken is ranked No.1 in Division II.

The Bruins won the National Invitational Tournament Tuesday in Tucson, AZ by seven strokes over Arizona State. The victory marked the program's ninth of the season, four shy of the single season school record set during the 1981-82 season.

'I was really proud of the team,' said Head Coach O. D. Vincent. 'It finished well over the final holes, despite windy conditions. Everyone contributed; it was a well-balanced effort. The fact that the (NCAA) Regionals will be held there gave us a lot of confidence.'

UCLA's Erik Flores tied for second place at five-under par 211 after firing a seven-under par 65 in the first round. Sophomore Kevin Chappell earned a trip to Augusta by tying for 14th place at two-under par 214 and freshman Lucas Lee tied for 16th at one-under 215.

The Bruins-Jaguars dual match was scheduled when both teams gained a competition date at the Isleworth Invitational in October because of inclement weather. The match will be played on Augusta State's home course, Forest Hills Country Club.

'We're looking forward to playing Augusta State on its home course,' said Vincent. 'It's a real community event with a junior clinic to follow (the match). It will keep us sharp for the weekend.'

On the weekend, the Bruins will headline the 14-team field at a new facility in nearby Evans, GA. Champions Retreat Golf Club features 27 holes with nines designed by golf legends Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. Teams will play 27 holes each day beginning on Saturday, followed by Sunday's final round.

Two years ago, the Bruins held a seven-stroke, 36-hole lead entering the final round at this event only to finish in a second place tie because of a high final round score.

On Mon., Apr. 3, the Bruins will attend the first day of practice rounds for The 72nd Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

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