Golfers Fall in First Match; Second Match Suspended

March 21, 2010

The fourth-seeded UCLA men's golf team fell to 12th-seeded Colorado State in the first round of the Collegiate Match Play Championship Sunday at Dove Canyon in Marana, Ariz.

Colorado State won 3-2 in the fifth match at the 19th hole. In their second match, the Bruins were leading Arizona State 2-1-2 before the match was suspended because of darkness.

Riley Arp of Colorado State defeated Alex Shi Yup Kim of UCLA, 2 and 1 at the No.1 match; UCLA's Pontus Widegren defeated CSU's Bryce Hanstad, 3 and 2 at No.2; at No.3, Pedro Figueiredo of UCLA defeated Ryan Peterson of CSU 3 and 1; Dustin Morris of CSU defeated Connor Driscoll at No. 4, 4 and 3, and UCLA's Mario Clemens lost 1-up to CSU's Zahkai Brown at No.5.

In the first match, Kim had cut the deficit to one hole at the 16th with a birdie, but a bogey at the 17th gave Arp the match.

At No.2, Widegren rallied from four down after six holes to win at the 16th hole. Hanstad was two-under par through six and appeared headed for a victory, but played the next nine holes in eight-over par as Widegren capitalized. The UCLA freshman won the ninth hole with a double-bogey and squared the match at the 11th with an eagle. He won three of the next four holes to capture the match.

Figueiredo also started slowly and rallied to win. He was down two after the second hole before squaring the match with a birdie at the par 3 fifth. He took the lead with another birdie at the par 5 sixth. The match remained even for five holes until Peterson squared it at the 10th with a birdie three. Figueiredo answered with a birdie at the 11th and the match remained deadlocked until the UCLA freshman won the 16th and 17th holes with pars.

Driscoll lost the third, fourth and fifth holes and never recovered, although he managed to cut Morris' lead to one at the eighth.

Clemens and Brown battled throughout their round with each player holding leads, but neither managing to ice the match. Brown took a 1-up lead at the 15th with a par after Clemens' bogey, but Clemens squared the match at the 17th with a par to Brown's bogey. Brown finally won at the 19th hole with a par.

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