April 25, 2005
WALLA WALLA, Wash. The UCLA Bruins lead the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships after the first two rounds of play at the par 71, 6,606-yard Walla Walla Country Club, Monday.
The two-time defending NCAA West Regional champion Bruins (No. 15/Golfstat), led by freshman Kevin Chappell, fired rounds of 352 (-3) and 355 (E), respectively, to give them a two-round score of 707 (-3). Chappell is tied for second with a two-round score of 137 (-5).
Two strokes back of the Bruins are the No. 14 Sun Devils. Led by senior Pat Moore, Arizona State is right in the mix with a two-round team score of 709 (-1).
Moore, who is coming off of a victory at the U.S. Intercollegiate, April 16-17, leads the tournament with an 8-under 134. Moore's consecutive rounds of 67 give him a three stroke lead over Chappell of UCLA and freshman Michael Jensen of California.
"I was pretty comfortable with the course today," Moore said. "I played pretty well. I struggled on the back nine, but I was able to keep it together."
Southern California (No. 18) and California, who each have a couple of players in the top 10, are tied for third place, five strokes back of UCLA. The Trojans' second-round score of 350 (-5) propelled them from sixth place at the end of the first round to their current position.
Trojan juniors Taylor Wood and Tyler Ley are each in the top 10 after day one. Wood is tied for fifth with a 3-under 139, while Wood is tied for seventh with a 2-under 140.
The Golden Bears, who are fighting for a spot at the NCAA West Regional, have two players in the top five: Jensen, who is tied for second, and sophomore Brandon Beck. Beck is in fourth place with consecutive rounds of 69. Jensen is four strokes back of Monday's leader Moore with a 138 (-4).
"We need a high finish (at the Pac-10 Championships) to earn a spot at the NCAA West Regional," Jensen said.
The surprise of the day comes from host school Washington State. The Cougars, who are ranked last in the Pac-10 and No. 108 by Golfstat, are in sole possession of fifth place. Halfway through the conference championship, the Cougars are three strokes back of third place schools Southern California and California.
Cougar sophomore Kevin Chen leads the Cougars, and is tied for seventh place with an opening-day score of 2-under 140.
"I think we all know this course very well," Chen said. "We have played this course several times and I think that gives us an opportunity to make some moves over the next couple of days."
Arizona (No. 19) and Stanford are tied for sixth place with a score of 722 (+12), Washington (No. 26) is sitting in eighth place with a total of 724 (+14), Oregon is in ninth with 726 (+16), and Oregon State is in 10th with 729 (+19) to round out the team scoring at the event.
Team Results: 1. UCLA (352-355-707, -3), 2. Arizona State (351-358-709, -1), T3. California (353-361-714, +4), T3. Southern California (362-352-714, +4), 5. Washington State (359-358-717, +7), T6. Stanford (363-359-722, +12), T6. Arizona (356-366-722, +12), 8. Washington (371-353-724, +14), 9. Oregon (369-357-726, +16), 10. Oregon State (363-366-729, +19).
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Pat Moore, Arizona State (67-67-134, -8), T2. Michael Jensen, California (69-68-137, -5), T2. Kevin Chappell, UCLA (67-70-137, -5), 4. Brandon beck, California (69-69-138, -4), T5. Erik Olson, Washington (70-69-139, -3), T5. Taylor Wood, Southern California (68-71-139, -3), T7. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State (71-69-140, -2), T7. Kevin Chen, Washington State (70-70-140, -2), T7 Nathan Lashley, Arizona (68-72-140, -2), T7. Tyler Ley, Southern California (72-68-140, -2).
Washington State sophomore Kevin Chen is tied for seventh place after two rounds of the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Golf Championships at the par 71, 6,606-yard Walla Walla Country Club, Monday.
Chen fired consecutive rounds of 70 (-1), posting a two-round score of 140 (-2), six strokes back of leader Pat Moore of Arizona State.
The Cougars have four golfers in the top 27, including Chen, freshman Jordan Mason, sophomore Chris Collins, and redshirt junior David Fern. Mason is tied for 11th with 141 (-1). Collins and Fern are each tied for 27th with a 145 (+3).
The quartet currently has the Cougars sitting in fifth place with a score of 717 (+7), only ten strokes back of tournament leader UCLA.