UCLA Prepares for 113th NCAA Men's Golf Championship in Tennessee
May 30, 2010
The 6th-ranked UCLA men's golf team prepares for the 113th NCAA Men's Golf Championship at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, TN, June 1-6.
The Honors Course will play to a par of 72 over 7,395 yards. The venue will be hosting the championship for the first time since 1996 when Arizona State won the team championship and Tiger Woods won the individual crown as a member of the Stanford golf team.
Format for the championship is 54 holes of stroke play, followed by a cut in which the top eight teams advance to a match play bracket. The individual champion will be crowned on June 3 after the third round. Three rounds of match play will commence with the national champion determined on June 6.
UCLA will be making its 42nd appearance in the NCAA Championship since 1948 when the Bruins captured seventh place under Hall of Fame coach Vic Kelley. In their 62-year NCAA history, the Bruins have won two team titles (1988 and 2008) and have recorded 11 Top 10 results and four podium finishes. UCLA's current streak of eight consecutive appearances in the national championship tournament is a school record. Finally, the Bruins' 2008 title represents the last time the championship was conducted in a 72-hole medal play format.
Head Coach Derek Freeman is nearing the end of his third season at UCLA and has guided the Bruins to one national championship (2008), a regional title (2009) and six other tournament crowns since the fall of 2007. At Oklahoma City University from 2003-05, he guided the Stars to nine tournament victories, two regional titles and the 2005 national championship. While at UCLA, Freeman has coached three All-Americans, including consensus selection Kevin Chappell in 2008. Chappell became the first UCLA player ever to win the NCAA individual title in 2008. Also under Freeman's tutelage, seven players have earned 10 All-Pac-10 certificates, including Chappell, the 2008 Pac-10 Player of the Year and Gregor Main, the 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. This season, sophomore Alex Shi Yup Kim, who was ranked 438th after last season, earned 1st Team All-Pac-10 honors in a conference that boasts 11 players ranked in GolfWeek's Top 50.
The 2010 Bruins are the youngest team in the NCAA Championship. With two sophomores and three true freshmen in their lineup, they've won a pair of tournaments and finished among the Top 5 in five others. Three players boast scoring averages less than 72.0 and two of them claim counter ratios better than 90%.