Top-Seeded UCLA Prepares for NCAA East Regional at Yale
May 11, 2010
The 6th-ranked UCLA men's golf team prepares for the NCAA East Regional, May 20-22 at The Course at Yale in New Haven, CT.
The Yale golf course, recognized as one of best campus courses in the country, will play to a par of 70 over 6,749 yards. The format is 54 holes of stroke play in five-count-four scoring. The top five teams from each of the six regions will advance to the 113th NCAA Men's Golf Championships at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, TN, June 1-6.
'We're excited to be the No.1 seed playing in Connecticut,' said third-year UCLA Head Coach Derek Freeman. 'It's a golf course that's old-style and will require smart decision-making. The team is looking forward to making the trip. We have a very motivated team right now that's looking forward to regional competition.'
UCLA will be making its 18th straight NCAA Regional appearance and has won three championships, including last year's central regional crown in Kentucky. Eleven times in the last 17 years, the Bruins have qualified for the NCAA Championship. Currently, UCLA has advanced to the national championship tournament seven consecutive years, a school record. In their past 17 regional starts, the Bruins have recorded five Top 5 results.
Two Bruins have won a regional championship individual title: Kevin Chappell in 2006 at Lake Nona GC and Travis Johnson at Sunriver in 2004. The Bruins won the regional title in 2004 and finished seventh in 2006.
Freeman has guided the Bruins to a pair of Top 5 regional results in the last two years: a victory at Olde Stone last year and a fifth place finish at Gold Mountain in 2008. Following their regional result two years ago, the Bruins won their second NCAA men's golf title.
The Pac-10 will send nine teams to six different regional sites and four of those teams -- UCLA, Washington, Oregon and Stanford -- are the top seeds in their respective regions. Two other teams, USC and Arizona State, are seeded second in their regions. In addition, Oregon State is the fourth seed in its regional at Gold Mountain and at Carlton Oaks, Cal is seeded sixth and Arizona ninth.