Bruins lose to Duke; NCAA golf run ends

June, 3, 2011
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UCLA's run at the NCAA men's golf title came to an end Friday when the Bruins, seeded No. 1 for the match play portion of the tournament, were upset by Duke, 3-1-1, in a quarterfinal match at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.

UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay, who earlier had been named winner of the Phil Mickelson Award as nation's top freshman and was selected as an All-American after finishing as runner up in the NCAA individual tournament, scored a 1-up victory over Brinson Paolini and Pedro Figueiredo halved with Julian Suri, but the rest of the Bruins fell short.

Pontus Widegren lost to Tim Gornik, 6 and 5, even though Gornik made only one birdie. Gregor Main lost, 3 and 1, to Wes Roach and Alex Shi Yup Kim lost, 3 and 2, to Austin Cody.

UCLA, ranked No. 2 in the nation, had finished the stroke-play portion in first place with a three-day total of eight-over 872. Duke barely advanced to match play, getting an 18th-hole birdie by Suri on Thursday to edge Texas A&M for the final spot with a total of 25-over 889.

Cantlay led the nation with four tournament victories this season and set a school record with a 70.5 scoring average this season. He was the Pac-10 player and freshman of the year, becoming only the second golfer in league history to win both awards. He had nine top-10 finishes and broke par 20 times in 37 rounds.

Peter Yoon

ESPNLosAngeles.com

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