Golfers Climb to Third Place at John Hayt Collegiate

Feb. 18, 2008

The second-ranked UCLA men's golf team climbed into third place Monday at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The Bruins improved their first round score by two shots and senior Kevin Chappell, the nation's No.3 ranked player, shaved six strokes off his first round score to move into contention for the final round.

UCLA posted a score of 293 (+5) for a 36-hole total of 588 (+12), which trails first place Alabama by five shots. The University of North Florida was in second place at 585 (+9). Charlotte and Tennessee were tied for fourth at 591 (+15). Pepperdine fell from a tie for second place after the first round to a tie for sixth with Georgia State at 592 (+16).

Chappell, who stumbled to a 76 in the first round, roared back on Monday with a round of 70 (-2). He finished the second round with three straight birdies after a double bogey at the Par 3 15th brought him to one-over par on the day. His 36-hole total of 146 (+2) was seven strokes behind the leader, Joel Sjoholm of Georgia State.

Two other Bruins also improved. Freshman Philip Francis posted a score of 74 (+2) and was tied for 29th at 149 (+5) and junior Lucas Lee rebounded from yesterday's five-over par round to card a 73 (+1) for a two-day total of 150 (+6). Sophomore Jason Kang was tied for 12th at 146 (+2), but posted a 76 (+4) on Monday. Senior Craig Leslie signed for a 77 (+5) and was tied for 35th at 151 (+7).

The final round continues on Tuesday.

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