Golfing nearing NC?

Here is a release regarding the men’s golf team leading the NCAAs heading into the final round.

Golfers Lead by Three Entering Final Round of NCAA Championship
Chappell goes low and ends up atop the leaderboard.

May 30, 2008

The fourth-ranked UCLA men’s golf team owned a three-stroke lead entering the final round of the 111th NCAA Championship, hosted by Purdue at its Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind.

In windy, early morning conditions, the Bruins posted a team score of 298 (+10) — their worst score of the tournament — over the beastly 7,450-yard layout and it gave them a three-round total of 888 (+24). That score gave them a three-stroke cushion over USC and Clemson, which were tied for second place at 891 (+27). The Trojans were 12-over par on Friday and the Tigers carded a 14-over par round. Defending champion Stanford was five shots back at 893 (+29), followed by fifth-place Oklahoma State at 895 (+31).

Fifteen teams remained on the course when electrical storms forced the suspension of play at 5:55 p.m. ET. None of the teams figured to be a factor in UCLA’s lead with the closest pursuer 15 shots behind with less than six holes to play. The field will be cut to the top 15 teams following the third round.

Senior All-American Kevin Chappell claimed a four-shot lead entering Saturday’s round, firing a 68 (-4) on Friday for a 54-hole total of 210 (-6). He leads Clemson’s Kyle Stanley and Washington’s Nick Taylor who were both at 214 (-2). Chappell made six birdies, playing the par 3s in three-under par. He bogeyed the two toughest holes on the course — the 481-yard par 4 ninth and the 484-yard par 4 18th. By his own admission, Chappell’s bogey at the last hole was “one of the best bogeys I’ve ever made.”

He pulled his tee shot and hit a provisional ball because he thought the first might be out of bounds. He found it about two feet inside the OB line, but had to stand on a tree root to hit his second shot, which landed in high rough 25 yards short of the green. On Coach Derek Freeman’s advice he went for the green and rolled his third shot just to the back fringe, where he two-putted for a five.

He was the only player in the morning wave to break 70.

“I said to myself, `Wow. That was a really good round.'” Remarked Chappell. “I’d have to say it was one of the top five rounds I’ve ever played.”

“Considering the conditions, the difficulty of the course and the situation, Kevin’s round was pretty amazing,” said Freeman.

Senior Craig Leslie rebounded from a round of 80 (+8) on Thursday to post a solid 74 (+2). Leslie made a pair of clutch birdies at the 15th and 16th holes and was the only UCLA player to par the 18th. He was tied for 71st at 230 (+14).

Junior Erik Flores was even par through 14 holes before he was bitten by the bogeyman. He carded four straight bogeys and ended the day with a 76 (+4). He was tied for 43rd at 227 (+11).

Philip Francis and Lucas Lee each posted scores of 80 (+8). Neither had a birdie. Francis was tied for 62nd at 229 (+13) and Lee was tied for 76th at 231 (+15).

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  • Seitz

    I played out there (Purdue’s Kampen Course) about two weeks ago right before they closed it for public play, and it’s just brutal. It was a beast before when it was 7,300 yards from the tips. Somehow they found an extra 150 yards, and the rough is outrageous right now. Three+ inches right off the fairway, and about seven inches if you go a couple yards further in. I’m a low handicapper and I play all over Chicago and the midwest, and under the condition in which they have that course, it’s probably the hardest course I’ve ever played.

    On Wednesday, it was reported that the second guy of the day to tee off hit one maybe five yards off the first fairway into the rough. With three players and two spotters looking for the ball, they never found it, and the guy had to re-tee. Unbelievably difficult.

  • Fan4Life

    The men’s team is still leading as of the start of Saturday. It’s UCLA, USC and Stanford in the top 3.

    You can follow both the leaderboard as well as watch live streaming video accompanied by some good commentary at the below link.

    Go Bruins!

  • Fan4Life

    UCLA wins by a stroke over Stanford!!! Great shot by Chappell to make bogey on 17th and he also wins the individual title.

    Congrats Bruins!

  • CincinnatiBruin

    Fan4Life, thanks for the tip on the website. I was able to catch the last couple of hours.

    What an amazing finish! Who would’ve thought that a Chappell bogey on 17 would’ve been the winner?!