Bruins Climb into a Tie for 12th after Two Rounds

June 2, 2010

The UCLA men's golf team inched its way up the leader board on Wednesday and found itself in a tie for 12th place with the final round of stroke play set to begin Thursday at the 113th NCAA Men's Golf Championship at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, TN.

With the top eight teams advancing to Friday's match play bracket following the completion of 54 holes on Thursday, the resolve, the tension and the patience of the Bruins will be tested in round three.

At 840 (+4), the Bruins were three shots out of eighth place when second-round play was halted at 8:45 p.m. EDT. A two-hour weather delay caused the stoppage of play at 5:30 p.m. local time and nine teams remained on the course. One of those teams, 19th-ranked Virginia, was nine-under par on the round and in 11th place at three-over par with three holes to play. The Cavaliers will try to resurrect their momentum at 7 a.m. on Thursday with the eight other teams that did not finish.

The Bruins, who posted a two-under par round of 286 on Wednesday, were tied with Stanford and looking up at conference rivals Oregon and Arizona State, both tied for ninth at two-over par 578.

'You always want to be as close as you can to that top eight,' said UCLA Head Coach Derek Freeman. 'I'm just happy about how we played today. We had to come out and shoot under par to have any chance and we did that. Tomorrow is just the same thing, we have to go out and play really well.'

Florida State held the 36-hole lead at 14-under par 562, followed by Oklahoma State at nine-under 567. Georgia Tech, which posted a six-under par round of 282, was third at 572 (-4), followed by fourth-place Augusta State at 575 (-1). Florida and San Diego were tied for fifth at even par 576 and Washington and Clemson were tied for seventh at one-over par 577.

Individually, the Bruins' Gregor Main and Pontus Widegren remained in the hunt and were each five shots out of the lead, which was held by San Diego's Alex Ching at 135 (-9). Main posted a solid three-under par round of 69 that featured five birdies and two bogeys. Widegren, three-under after four holes, double-bogeyed his seventh hole for a 35 on his inward nine. He dropped to three-under again with consecutive birds at his 14th and 15th holes, only to bogey his last two for a 71 (-1). Both players were tied for seventh at four-under 140.

Sophomore Alex Kim atoned for his opening round 76 with a second round 73 (+1) and was tied for 91st at 149 (+5). Freshman Pedro Figueiredo also improved with a 73 (+1) and was tied for 117th at 151 (+7). Freshman Mario Clemens was tied for 154th at 161 (+17) following a round of 81 (+9).

The third round is expected to begin at approximately 9 a.m. EDT.

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