Golfers Surge to Third in Arizona

Jan. 29, 2008

The second-ranked UCLA men's golf team climbed from fifth place to third after a sizzling final round at the PING/Arizona Intercollegiate Tuesday at Arizona National in Tucson.

The Bruins posted a team score of 275 (-12) and surged to third place at 847 (-5). Tennessee won the event with a 54-hole score of 832 (-20), followed by second-place UNLV at 835 (-17). Arizona, which posted a score of 292 (+8) on Tuesday, fell to fourth at 848 (-4). East Tennessee State finished fifth at 855 (+3).

Individually, UCLA senior Kevin Chappell simply overpowered the field. He posted a three-round total of 198 (-15) to win by seven shots. His 54-hole score eclipsed the 23 year-old school record of 199 held by Duffy Waldorf, the 1985 Player of the Year. In addition, Chappell's final round 64 (-7) tied for the second best single round score in school history. He made seven birdies, six on the outward nine, and no bogeys. Finally, his front nine score of 29 (-6) tied another school record. Chappell's victory was the fourth of his career.

The rest of the Bruins atoned for Monday's sub-standard performance, which left them in fifth place, seven-over par after 36 holes. Freshman Philip Francis posted a 70 (-2) and tied for 23rd at 217 (+4). Sophomore Jason Kang fired a 66 (-5) and tied for 26th at 218 (+5). Junior Lucas Lee tied for 31st at 219 (+6) after posting a 72 (+1) and senior Craig Leslie tied for 45th at 222 (+9) following a one-over par final round. Junior Erik Flores, competing as an individual, finished at 14-over par 227.

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