Bruins Qualify for NCAA Championship with Fifth Place Regional Finish

May 17, 2008

The second-seeded UCLA men's golf team qualified for the NCAA Men's Golf Championship with a fifth place finish at the NCAA West Regional at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.

In two weeks, UCLA will be making its sixth consecutive appearance in the national championship tournament, a school record.

On Saturday, the Bruins posted a score of 291 (+3) for a 54-hole total of 876 (+12). They finished 14 shots behind USC, which won the tournament by two shots over unranked Oregon (884, E). Clemson placed third at 867 (+3), followed by fourth-place University of Washington at 874 (+10). Stanford finished two shots behind the Bruins in sixth place at 878 (+14), followed by seventh place St. Mary's at 884 (+20), eighth-place Arizona State at 885 (+21) and ninth-place Pepperdine at 888 (+24). Several teams, including San Diego State, Texas Tech and Kansas State were still on the course battling for the 10th spot.

For the Bruins individually, All-Americans Kevin Chappell and Erik Flores tied for sixth place at two-under par 214. Both players posted scores of 71 (-1). Chappell rallied from two-over par to bring his score to even par after nine holes. He made a pair of birdies and was two under through 16 holes before a bogey-par finish gave him a one-under par score. Flores was one over par after four holes before an eagle at the par 5 14th (his fifth hole) brought him to one-under. He birdied his 10th hole, then double-bogeyed his 14th (No. 5) and birdied the next hole for his 71.

Freshman Philip Francis tied for 52nd place at 224 (+8), senior Craig Leslie tied for 74th at 227 (+11) and junior Lucas Lee tied for 84th at 228 (+12).

Oregon's Joey Benedetti won medalist honors after firing his third straight 69 (-3) for a nine-under par total of 207.

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