Fifth-Ranked Bruins Set to Defend Pac-10 Title in Oregon

April 22, 2007

The fifth-ranked UCLA men's golf team travels to the 48th Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championship, hosted by the University of Oregon at the Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.

The Eugene Country Club will play to a par of 72 over 6,854 yards. The Pac-10 Men's Golf Championship is one of the country's few 72-hole conference tournaments, featuring a six-player, count five format over three days.

The Bruins are defending conference champions and return to their lineup the defending conference medalist.

'Being the defending Pac-10 champion is very exciting and we're looking forward to the week,' said Head Coach O.D. Vincent, who is the only man in Pac-10 history to win the conference individual title (1988) and earn conference Coach of the Year honors (1999, '03, '06). 'The Eugene Country Club is a great traditional test of golf that has stood the test of time.

'With Stanford and USC also ranked in the Top 5, along with the traditional strength of the conference teams, the team title is wide open,' he continued.

A month ago, the Bruins tied for sixth at the Oregon Duck Invitational, which featured all 10 conference teams and a six-player, count five format on the same course. For this event, the Bruins will make just one lineup change: freshman Jason Kang will replace sophomore James Lee.

The rest of the lineup from last month's competition remains the same: juniors Kevin Chappell, Craig Leslie and Daniel Im, and sophomores Lucas Lee and Erik Flores.

Chappell, ranked 16th nationally, has won twice this season and three times in his career. His stroke average of 72.3 in 30 rounds ranks second on the team. He boasts a streak of four consecutive Top 10 finishes. Last month, he tied for medalist honors at the Duck Invitational.

Lucas Lee leads the team with a 72.1 stroke average and is ranked 24th this week. He has won four times in two seasons and leads the team this year with 10 rounds under par, seven rounds under 70 and seven Top 10 finishes.Im, the defending Pac-10 champion, tied for 20th at the U.S. Collegiate Championship on Apr. 11. He has won twice in three seasons and has posted 31 rounds under par in his career.

Leslie has one collegiate victory to his credit and this will be his first appearance in the conference championship. In 27 rounds this season, 92% of his scores have been counters. He is averaging 73.8 and has recorded six rounds under par.

Kang also will be making his first appearance in the Pac-10 Championship. In his last six events, he has recorded five Top 25 results, including a tie for fourth at the Bakersfield Spring Invitational in March. He has fired seven rounds under par.

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