Saturday, May 21, 2011
Cantlay, UCLA win men's golf regional
By Peter Yoon
Led by individual medalist Patrick Cantlay, the No. 2-ranked UCLA men's golf team overcame a four-shot deficit in the final round and won the NCAA West regional Saturday at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe.
The Bruins, who began the day in second place behind USC, shot a five-player team total of six-under 282 in the final round and won by three shots over the Trojans with a three-day total of 10-under 854.
San Diego finished in third place at 864, Ohio State was fourth at 865 and Texas took fifth with 873. The top five teams advance to the NCAA championships May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. It is the ninth consecutive year UCLA has advanced to the NCAA finals, setting a school record.
Cantlay, a freshman, shot a final-round, five-under 67 and finished the tournament at 13 under for a six-shot victory over Alex Lim of USC and Manav Shah of San Diego. He also shot 67 in the second round and earned his fourth individual title this season, extending the school's freshman single-season victory mark.
He is only the third UCLA golfer to win an NCAA regional title, joining Travis Johnson (2004) and Kevin Chappell (2006).
Junior Alex Shi Yup Kim had a final-round 70 and finished tied for 13th at one over for the tournament. Sophomore Pedro Figueiredo shot a final round 72 and tied for 17th at two over while sophomore Pontus Widegren and junior Gregor Main tied for 28th place at four over after they posted final round scores of 74 and 73, respectively.