Eddy Lai emerged victorious for the primary time as a Bruin.
After sharing a tie for 22nd at even par via around one, the UCLA males’s golfing junior shot 7-under over the general two days to complete with a 7-under 209 on the Golfing Membership of Georgia Collegiate Invitational. Lai tied for first, incomes his first profession collegiate victory within the procedure.
“I used to be lovely mad after around one as a result of I didn’t actually capitalize at the simple prerequisites,” Lai stated. “The second one around used to be very wet, windy and chilly, and I felt like I used the elements to my benefit. … After the second one around, I knew I had by no means been on this spot earlier than, so I assumed I may as neatly attempt to win (the event).”
All of the box persevered rain and gusty winds Saturday, however Lai controlled a 3-under 69 – tied for the bottom ranking of the day. He used to be two strokes in the back of William Paysse of Texas A&M heading into the general day.
Within the ultimate around, Lai as soon as once more tied for the bottom ranking at 4-under 68, overcoming the two-stroke deficit. Lai claimed a percentage of the person identify along Paysse. Lai shot a tournament-low 5-under on par-fours this weekend.
“I couldn’t be extra fascinated by (Lai’s) win in probably the most easiest fields of all the yr,” stated trainer Derek Freeman. “He used to be simply tremendous affected person at an overly tricky golfing direction.”
Whilst Lai stood atop the person leaderboard, UCLA completed 5th out of 14 groups on the event, capturing an 8-over 872.
The Bruins have been one in every of six groups to shoot below par within the first around, striking them in a tie for fourth. Junior Devon Bling and sophomore Bryan Wiyang Teoh paced the staff at 2-under, tying for 11th at the first day. Teoh scored 5 birdies Friday, all on the second one 9.
On Saturday, no staff advanced upon its first-round ranking. UCLA shot 10 strokes worse in the second one around, but stood simply 5 photographs in the back of first-place Duke. Then again, the Bruins shot 4-over 292 on Sunday, sliding them right into a fifth-place end.
“We didn’t play neatly (Sunday), and it’s very unlucky,” Freeman stated. “We have been in a pleasant place to play neatly and to have an opportunity to win. … However our guys didn’t carry out neatly out of doors of (Lai).”
Teoh used to be in a tie for 5th after capturing even par in around two. The sophomore shot 4-over within the ultimate around, shedding right into a tie for 19th. Bling completed tied for 35th after capturing 4-over and 3-over in rounds two and 3, respectively.
Senior Hidetoshi Yoshihara used to be the following easiest scorer for UCLA, completing 9-over to tie for 52nd. Sophomore Sean Maruyama tied for 71st at 16-over to around out the Bruin ranking card.
Freshman Mason Greene, who competed as a person, shot 12-over, tying for 62nd. Greene used to be in a tie for 25th in around two however shot 9-over Sunday.
UCLA used to be within the best 5 for par-four and par-five scoring however tied for remaining in par-threes, capturing a collective 27-over.
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