Golfers Prepare for 50th Men's Pac-10 Championship

April 26, 2009

The 17th-ranked UCLA golf team begins play early this week for the 50th Men's Pac-10 Championship at the Seattle Golf Club.

The 72-hole event features a six-player-count-five format, Apr. 27-29. On Apr. 27 tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. from the first and 10th tees with all 10 teams playing 36 holes.

The Seattle Golf Club will play to a par of 72 over 6,806 yards.

'We're looking forward to playing in the Pac-10 Championship,' said UCLA Head Coach Derek Freeman. 'It's exciting for us because we've been playing better every week. Our players are very focused on preparing their very best which will give them an opportunity to be successful. All we want is a chance to win on the last day.'

In their last event, the Bruins posted their best 54-hole score of the season, a nine-under par result at the U.S. Intercollegiates, hosted by Stanford. Senior Erik Flores was the team's top finisher, tying for seventh place at five-under par 205.

In his last three starts Flores has played eight rounds in 13-under par with a victory at the U.S. Collegiate Championship (212, -4) and a tie for second place (140, -4) at the Collegiate Match Player qualifier. He was ranked 15th nationally last week.

The rest of UCLA's lineup consists of sophomores Philip Francis and Connor Driscoll and freshmen Gregor Main, Alex Shi Yup Kim and Beau Schoolcraft.

Last week, Main was ranked 23rd nationally following his T13 result at the U.S. Intercollegiates.

Francis posted rounds of 69-68 to open the Stanford event and boasts four rounds under 70 this season.

Kim recorded his best collegiate 54-hole score at the U.S. Intercollegiates, playing 54 holes in one-under par 209.

Both Schoolcraft and Driscoll have gained a wealth of experience this season. In 23 rounds, Driscoll's best result was a T23 at the Cordevalle Collegiate. A former prep hockey player, Schoolcraft has devoted his time exclusively to golf for the first time in several years. He claims three Top 30 finishes in 20 rounds.

UCLA has won five conference titles in men's golf, the most recent in 2006. Six former Bruins have won the conference individual crown, the last being Daniel Im in 2006. In addition, five different UCLA players have earned Pac-10 Golfer of the Year honors, with Kevin Chappel winning the award in 2008.

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