Golfers Tied for Second after First Round in Central Regional

May 14, 2009

The 19th-ranked UCLA men's golf team was tied for second place Thursday after the opening round of the NCAA Central Regional at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, KY.

UCLA trailed sixth-ranked Washington by 10 strokes and was tied with No. 7 Georgia Tech. The Bruins posted a first-round score of 292 (+4), tied with the Yellow Jackets. The Huskies were at six-under par 282. In fourth place was No.18 North Carolina State at 294 (+6), followed by Louisville and Mississippi at 296 (+8) in a tie for fifth. Duke was seventh at 298 (+10), followed by Ohio State at 300 (+12) and 10th-place Vanderbilt at 305 (+17).

After 54 holes of stroke play, the top five teams advance to the 112th NCAA Championship, May 27-30 at the Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, OH.

Despite some roller-coaster starts, the Bruins settled down and played steady golf. They played the first four holes in five-over par, but calmed their nerves enough to play the rest of the round in one-under par.

Sophomore Philip Francis was tied for sixth place after posting a one-under par 71. Three birdies on his outward nine gave Francis a score of 33 at the turn. A bogey, double-bogey start on the inward nine brought him to level par before he birdied the par five 16th for a two-over 38.

Freshman Gregor Main began the day with a double-bogey six on his first hole, only to return to even par with an eagle on the next hole. He bogeyed his next two holes before making two more birdies on the outward nine for an even par 36. He made a birdie at his 11th to go to one-under, then bogeyed his fourth hole to return to level par. A double bogey at his 17th and a birdie at his last hole gave him a one-over par 73. He was tied for 11th place.

Senior Erik Flores went to two-over par on his first three holes but battled back with a pair of birdies at his fourth and fifth holes for an even par 36 on his outward nine. He made a pair of bogeys on the inward nine for a 38 and a final score of 74 (+2). He was tied for 17th with sophomore teammate Connor Driscoll who recorded three birdies and five bogeys in the first round.

Freshman Alex Shi Yup Kim was tied for 53rd following a first-round 78 (+6).

Washington's Nick Taylor took the first-round lead after posting an opening score of 67 (-5).

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