Bruins Maintain Lead After Third Round At Bighorn
April 25, 2006
UCLA maintained its lead, but Washington edged closer and Arizona and Arizona State both closed to within striking distance during a competitive third round of the USC-hosted 2006 Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship at the Canyons Course at Bighorn G.C., in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Tuesday (April 24).
UCLA remained in front, though its lead dipped by one stroke. The Bruins finished at 1059 (-6, 349-348-362), six shots ahead of Washington at 1065 (even, 352-352-361). Arizona (+11, 360-363-353) and Arizona State (+11, 367-360-349) were tied in third at 1076. USC finished in fifth at 1083 (+18, 364-354-365) and was followed by Stanford at 1086 (+21, 358-369-359), Oregon State at 1102 (+37, 361-369-372), California at 1108 (+43, 371-372-365), Washington State at 1118 (+53, 371-374-373) and Oregon at 1130 (+65, 373-384-373).
The Bruins extended their lead to double digits on the front nine, but saw the advantage shrink on the back nine.
'The course played a lot tougher today,' UCLA Coach O.D. Vincent said. 'There was tough pin placement and swirling winds. Overall, we hung in there pretty well. We had a tough finish on the last three holes and gave some shots back. But it was also a great job by Arizona and Arizona State to shoot under par today.'
Washington, the defending Pac-10 champion, stayed poised early after seeing the gap grow between it and UCLA.
Said Washington Coach Matt Thurmond: 'Today was a great day for us because our three horses, who carried us all year, didn't play that well and we're still close to the lead. That's when you start feeling good about things.'
UCLA's Daniel Im maintained his individual lead with a 1-under 70 for a 205 (-8). Arizona State's Niklas Lemke remained two shots back with a 70 of his own for a 207 (-6). Arizona's Ben Fox and Washington's Erik Olson are tied at 211 (-2).
On a day when 15 players were under par, five belonged to the Sun Devils, who shot a third-round low 349 (-6).
'We have one round left and if we wanted to make a move, we had to start today,' Arizona State Coach Randy Lein said. 'UCLA has been playing great and Washington is out to defend its title. I wanted to be in the mix and without a good round today, that's not going to happen. The weather was great and the conditions were ripe for low scores.'
USC continued to be led by senior Tyler Ley, tied for sixth at 212 (-1). Stanford's low scorer, Dodge Kemmer, was among four others knotted with Ley.
Cal, led by Michael Jensen's 69, posted a tournament best 365. Oregon State is being led by Mitch Gillis, who is tied for 22nd. Washington State has been led by Ryan Witz, tied for 22nd at 219. Oregon was led by Derek Sipe and Chris Dukeminier, who posted 74s today.
The tournament will conclude on Wednesday. Play begins at 7:30 a.m. (PDT).