Golfers Beat ASU in Second Round of Match Play Championship

March 22, 2010

The fifth-seeded UCLA men's golf team won its second round match, beating fourth-seeded Arizona State Monday at the Dove Mountain Golf Course in Marana, Ariz.

The Bruins knocked off the Sun Devils 4-1-0 in an entertaining match against some of the nation's top players.

At No.1 singles, sophomore Alex Shi Yup Kim beat ASU's Jesper Kennegard, 2-up. Kim started hot and kept the heat on, making an eagle at his first hole and never surrendering the lead. Although Kennegard squared the match at the second hole, Kim's consistency wore him down. With the usual match play concessions, Kim played the match in four-under par, winning the final hole with a birdie at the par 3 12th. Prior to the match, Kennegard, who won the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters, was ranked 34th by GolfStat and Kim 75th.

At No.2, Pontus Widegren's par at the 16th secured a 1-up victory against ASU's Scott Pinckney. In a tight match, Widegren had lost a 2-up lead following a bogey at his 10th hole. He then faced a one-hole deficit at the 13th until he recovered with pars at the 14th and 16th holes while Pinckney bogeyed.

Freshman Pedro Figueiredo defeated ASU's Knut Borsheim, 2 and 1. Borsheim led for the first eight holes until Figueiredo eagled his par 5 ninth. A par at his 11th gave Figueiredo a 1-up lead and another par at the his 17th gave him the match.

The Sun Devils' James Byrne defeated UCLA's Connor Driscoll 3 and 2 at the fourth spot. Although Driscoll bogeyed the first hole, he managed to square the match with a par at the third, but Byrne pulled away with pars at fifth and sixth and never looked back.

At No.5, freshman Mario Clemens rallied from a late three-hole disadvantage to win 1-up against ASU's Braxton Marquez. Clemens made three birdies on his final eight holes, including one at his 18th, to snatch the victory.

In their final match of the tournament, UCLA will meet 16th-seeded Indiana.

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