Bruins Drop to Fourth at Pac-10 Championship

April 29, 2008

The third-ranked UCLA golf team dipped to fourth place after the third round of the 49th Pac-10 Golf Men's Championship, hosted by California at The Meadow Club.

The Bruins posted a team score of 372 (+17) and were in fourth place at 1,081 (+16), 12 shots behind frontrunner USC (1,069, +4). Arizona State posted the best round of the day -- 358 (+1) -- and assumed second place with a 54-hole score of 1,071 (+6). Cal was third at 1,079 (+14). Stanford, which began the day in first place, dropped to fifth at 1,087 (+22). Tied for sixth place at 1,094 (+29) were Washington and Oregon State. Arizona was eighth at 1,095 (+30), Oregon was ninth at 1,096 (+31) and Washington State was 10th at 1,126 (+61).

Individually for the Bruins, senior All-American Kevin Chappell assumed sole possession of the lead after posting an even par 71 for a three-round total of 209 (-4). The Fresno native was never more than a stroke below or above par all day. His birdie at the par 5 15th brought him to level par and he finished his round with three straight pars.

Five players were tied for second place on the individual leaderboard at 210 (-3).

The rest of the Bruins were unable to keep any early-round momentum. Three of the remaining five players birdied the first hole, but none of them shot better than 74.

Junior All-American Lucas Lee, tied for eighth to begin the round, fell seven spots with a five-over par round of 76 that featured three birdies, five bogeys and a triple bogey seven at the ninth. He was tied for 15th at 216 (+3).

Freshman Philip Francis remained in a tie for 20th after posting a four-over par 75. Through 54 holes, Francis was five-over par at 218. He played the outward nine in four-over par 39, but steadied on the inward nine with an even par score of 36.

Also tied for 20th was senior Craig Leslie, who posted a score of 74 (+3) on Tuesday. An eagle at the par 5 13th moved him to one-over par, but bogeys at the 14th and 18th cost him a chance to move up the leaderboard.

Tied for 43rd place were junior All-American Erik Flores and sophomore Jason Kang. Flores began the day where he ended, and posted a five-over par score of 76 for a three-round total of 224 (+11). Kang fell 18 spots down the ladder after carding an 80 (+9).

The Pac-10 Tournament is a 72-hole event, featuring a six-count-five format over three days of competition. The final round continues Wednesday.

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