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Golfers Begin Spring Season in Hawaii

Feb 5, 2014

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The 15th-ranked UCLA men’s golf team will begin the 2014 season Thursday in Hawaii at the Amer Ari Invitational, hosted by the Waikoloa Kings’ Course.

Head Coach Derek Freeman has announced the following lineup: juniors Jay Hwang and Matt Pinizzotto, and sophomores Lorens Chan, Jake Knapp and Jonathan Garrick.

Chan leads this group with a 70.4 scoring average, playing nine rounds this season in eight-under par. The Hawaii native leads the team with six rounds under par. Garrick is next at 70.7 and is five-under after nine rounds.

In nine rounds Hwang’s scoring average is 71.4 and he’s one-over par with a team-leading three rounds under 70. In six rounds, Pinizzotto was averaging 72.8 and Knapp had a 73.0 average.

In 2012, the Bruins tied for the team title at this event with Washington; they last won it outright in 2003.

In the Fall, the Bruins recorded three Top 10 results with a best finish of second at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate.

The 2014 Amer Ari field of 20 teams features eight Pac-12 teams plus second-ranked Georgia Tech and No. 3 Oklahoma State.

The Waikoloa Kings' Course will play to a par of 72 over 7,074 yards.

To access the complete 2013-14 UCLA men's golf schedule click here.