UCLA: Patrick Cantlay

Golfer Patrick Cantlay wins Hogan Award

May, 22, 2012
UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay on Monday became the first Bruin to win the Hogan Award presented annually to the nation's top college golfer.

Cantlay, 20, is the first sophomore to win the award and the second youngest. Only Rickie Fowler, who won as a 19-yaer-old freshman in 2008, was younger.

Cantlay, the top-ranked amateur in the world, has had a remarkable last 12 months. He was low amateur at the Masters in April, finished second at the NCAA Championship last June, tied for 21st at the U.S. Open last June and was runner up in the U.S. Amateur last August.

In 2011 he made the cut in five professional events and shot 10-under 60 at the Traveler's Championship last June, which was the lowest round ever by an amateur in a professional tournament.

This college season, Cantlay earned all-Pac-12 honors and had four top-10l finishes for the Bruins, including a pair of runner-up finishes. He will lead the Bruins in the NCAA finals beginning May 29 at Riviera Country Club.

At the Hogan Award ceremony Monday in Ft. Worth, Tex., Cantlay received an exemption into the PGA Tour's 2013 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. In addition, UCLA was presented with a $20,000 grant to its men's golf scholarship program.

The other finalists were Stanford freshman Patrick Rodgers and Texas freshman Jordan Spieth. Past Hogan Award winners include current PGA Tour standouts Hunter Mahan (Oklahoma State, 2003), Bill Haas (Wake Forest, 2004), and Fowler (Oklahoma State, 2008).
UCLA stumbled Saturday in the final round of the NCAA men's golf South Central regional, but finished third and will advance to the NCAA championships May 29 at Riviera Country Club.

The Bruins, leaders after the first two rounds, shot four-over 292 in the third round at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, Ky. and finished with a three-day total of one-under 863--four shots behind regional winner Chattanooga and three behind runner-up Texas A&M.

Other teams advancing out of the regional were Virginia Tech (+10) and Memphis (+12).

Pedro Figueiredo paced the No. 3-ranked Bruins with a two-under 70 Saturday and finished second in the individual race at nine under. Stephan Jaeger of Chattanooga (-13) won the individual championship.

Anton Arboleda and Pontus Widegren each shot 73 for the Bruins on Saturday and Patrick Cantlay rounded out the scoring with a 76. Complete results are available here.
UCLA shot one-under 287 Friday in the second round of the NCAA men's golf South Central Regional and holds a two-stroke lead over Texas A&M heading into the final round at The Club at Old Stone in Bowling Green, Ky.

The No. 3-ranked Bruins had a 10-stroke lead after the first round, but No. 15 Texas A&M had four players break par Friday and shot a team total of 10-under 278 to close UCLA's margin. The Bruins have a two-day total of five-under 571. Chattanooga is four shots behind the Bruins at 575.

UCLA junior Pedro Figueiredo shot three-under 69 Friday and is tied with Stephan Jaeger atop the individual leaderboard with a two-day total of seven under. Alex Shi Yup Kim made four birdies over the last five holes Friday and shot a team-best four-under 68 for UCLA. Patrick Cantlay and Anton Arboleda each shot 75 in the second round for the Bruins. Complete scoring is available here.

The top five teams after Saturday's final round will advance to the NCAA finals beginning May 29 at Riviera Country Club.

Men's golf takes 10-stroke lead at regional

May, 17, 2012
The UCLA men's golf team began it's quest for a national title on the right foot, shooting a team total of four-under 284 Thursday at The Club at Old Stone in Bowling Green, Ky., for a 10-shot lead after the first round of the NCAA South Central Regional.

Chattanooga and Colorado State are tied for second at 294. Clemson, Memphis, North Texas and Texas A&M are tied for fourth at 295.

Bruins' Junior Pedro Figueiredo shot four-under 68 and is tied with Jonathan Fly of Memphis for the individual lead. Figueiredo had an eagle and four birdies over the last seven holes. UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay is a shot behind at 69.

Sophomore Anton Arboleda (73) and senior Alex Shi Yup Kim (74) rounded out the scoring for the Bruins. Complete results are available here. The top five teams after Saturday's final round will advance to the NCAA championships at Riviera Country Club.

Last year, the Bruins won the Western Regional title and posted the best score in the stroke-play portion of the NCAA championships, but lost to Duke in the first round of match play.

Bruins lose to Duke; NCAA golf run ends

June, 3, 2011
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.

Cantlay second at NCAAs; Bruins advance

June, 2, 2011
UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay's late charge came up just short Thursday in the third round of the NCAA men's golf championships and, despite birdies on the final two holes, he finished one shot behind champion John Peterson of Louisiana State at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.

Cantlay came to the final two holes needing a birdie and an eagle to force a playoff with Peterson. He got the birdie on No. 17, then hit a nice drive on the par-5 18th. His second shot, an iron into the 551-yard hole, carried a bunker and rolled about 15 feet past the hole. His eagle putt curled from left to right and hit the right edge of the cup, but didn't fall in.

Peterson, who finished several hours before Cantlay, shot 72 Thursday, but it was his course-record 65 on Wednesday that lifted him to the title with a three-day total of five-under 211. Cantlay's birdie-birdie finish gave him a 71 in the third round and a four-under total in his bid to join Kevin Chappell as the only Bruins to win the NCAA individual title.

Cnatlay's effort did help UCLA finish the stroke-play portion of the team competition in first place and the Bruins will advance to the match-play portion as the No. 1 seeded team. UCLA shot a four-player team score of 10-over 288 Thursday and finished with a three-day total of eight-over 872 to claim the top spot by three shots over Georgia Tech. The Bruins will face Duke Friday in a quarterfinal match.

Gregor Main shot 78 Thursday and finished tied for 20th at four over for the tournament. Alex Shi Yup Kim had a 75 in the third round and finished tied for 32nd at six over. Pedro Figueiredo tied for 50th at eight over and Pontus Widegren tied for 81st at 12 over.

Cantlay in the hunt for NCAA golf title

June, 1, 2011
UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay shot three-under 69 Wednesday in the second round of the NCAA men's golf championships and is two strokes out of the lead with one round to play at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.

Cantlay began the day tied for 19th, but vaulted into a tie for third by making five birdies, including one on the 18th, to post a two-day total of three-under 141. He trails leader John Peterson of Louisiana State by two shots and is one behind second-place James White of Georgia Tech. Peterson shot 65 Wednesday, the low round of the tournament so far.

The individual national champion will be crowned Thursday at the end of the third round.

Cantlay's round also helped the Bruins remain in second place in the team standings with a even-par 288 in the second round. No. 2 UCLA has a two-day total of two-under 574 and is one shot behind No. 4 Georgia Tech. Gregor Main shot 70, Pedro Figueiredo shot 74 and Pontus Widegren shot 75 to round out the scoring for UCLA.

The top eight teams after Thursday's third round will advance to a single-elimination match play tournament to decide the national champion.The championship match is Sunday, June 5.

Men's golf: Bruins in second at NCAAs

May, 31, 2011
No. 2-ranked UCLA is in second place, three shots behind leader Georgia Tech, after the opening round of the NCAA men's golf championships at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.

Pedro Figueiredo and Alex Kim each shot one-under 71 and Patrick Cantlay and Gregor Main shot 72, giving the Bruins a four-player total of two-under 286.

Figueiredo and Main are tied for ninth in the individual race, four shots behind James White of No. 4 Georgia Tech. Main rebounded from a rough start by making four birdies in his last 10 holes. Cantlay, UCLA's top player coming in to the tournament, had an eagle on his ninth hole and is tied for 20th.

White, the tournament leader, had eight birdies, including three of the last five holes.

The top eight teams after 54 holes of stroke play will advance to a single-elimination match-play bracket with the final taking place June 5. The Bruins are seeking their third national title. They also won in 1988 and 2008.

Cantlay, UCLA win men's golf regional

May, 21, 2011
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.

Patrick Cantlay sweeps Pac-10 golf awards

May, 9, 2011
UCLA freshman golf Patrick Cantlay has put together one of the best individual performances ever by a UCLA freshman and was honored for it Monday when the Pac-10 Conference coaches voted him conference player and freshman of the year.

Cantlay is only he second player in conference history to take both awards, joining USC's Jamie Lovemark who did so in 2007. He has won three tournaments this season, the most ever by a UCLA freshman, and is fourth in the nation with a 70.74 scoring average.

Last week, Cantaly was named one of three finalists for the Hogan Award given annually to the nation's top collegiate golfer.

UCLA junior Gregor Main and sophomore Pontus Widegren joined Cantlay on the All Pac-10 team and Bruins' coach Derek Freeman was named conference coach of the year.

UCLA, ranked No. 2 in the Golf Coaches Assn. of America poll, begins play in the NCAA regional tournament on May 19.

Special season for golfer Patrick Cantlay

April, 28, 2011
Whether he knew it or not, Patrick Cantlay has been groomed for golfing success from about the time he was nine years old.

He grew up playing and practicing with pro golfers, so it should come as no surprise that in less than a year at UCLA, he's emerged as the Bruins top golfer and one of the top college golfers in the nation.

Cantlay, a UCLA freshman, hopes to add to his already impressive resume when he leads the No. 2 Bruins into the Pac-10 championship beginning Friday at Stanford.

He has won three tournaments already this year -- tied for most among Division I golfers -- and he is the No. 3 ranked player in the Golfweek individual rankings. His scoring average of 70.74 is fourth in the nation and he has finished among the top three in six of the nine tournaments he's played this season.

Those results have made him one of the 10 semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award given to the nation's top college golfer (the only freshman to make the top 10) and earned him a spot on the Palmer Cup team that pits the top U.S. college golfers against the top college players from Europe in a Ryder Cup style competition.

He is also in the running for a spot on the Walker Cup, a similar team competition open to all amateurs that is among the highest accolades an amateur player can achieve.

"I knew he would be a very good golfer," UCLA coach Derek Freeman said. "That’s why I recruited him. His background, his pedigree, his work ethic. That was the type of kid I wanted on my team. But for us to think he was going to go out and win three events, be in the running for all these awards, have a chance for Walker Cup, making Palmer Cup—that’s pretty special. It doesn’t matter what year you are."

Special indeed, but not altogether surprising given Cantlay's background.

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