Bruin Patrick Cantlay hits a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club on June 15, 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
With the summer edging ever closer, the various Bruin athletic teams have now wrapped up their 2010-2011 competitive seasons. While we will be recapping the seasons that many of our teams have had in the upcoming weeks, it is time to look at how athletes in the final sports of the season finished up. As always, Ryan has already written greatly on Baseball, leaving me to recap the final competitions for our Golf team and members of UCLA Track and Field.
At the time of my last writing, UCLA Men's Golf was in in the early stages of competition at the NCAA Championships in Oklahoma. After winning the group play stage of the Championships, the Bruins fell to 8th seeded Duke in the Quarterfinals, 3-1-1. Augusta State went on to repeat as national champions, defeating Georgia in the finals by a 3-2 score. While the Bruins season ended without the ultimate honor, several members of the team earned end-of-season honors. Patrick Cantlay capped off his dominating freshman year by winning several national player of the year awards, as well as being named to the All-America first team. Teammates Gregor Main and Pontus Widegren were both named third-team All-American.
While the Bruin team's season ended in Stillwater, it was not the end of the road for all of the players. Cantlay and Widegren continued on, competing in the Palmer Cup - a competition between the top American collegiate players against those native to Europe. Patrick was part of the victorious American team, with Pontus 1-point loss to Stanford's Andrew Yun in the final match serving as Europe's downfall. Even with the end of the Palmer Cup, Cantlay's offseason is getting even shorter with his successful qualification for this weekend's US Open. Along with a pair of Bruin alums - Brandt Jobe and Kevin Chappell, Patrick began competition yesterday in suburban Washington DC, finishing the first round tied for 85th, with a score of +4 (75).The outdoor Track and Field season concluded last week in Des Moines with the NCAA Championships. The Bruin men's 4x100 Meter relay team ended their season in the semi-finals, running a season-best 39.45 time, and claiming second team All-America honors, but not fast enough to advance to the final heat. With normal anchor runner Turquoise Thompson resting for the Hurdle finals, the Women's 4x400 relay team finished their heat in 6th place, 19th overall and did not advance to the finals. In the middle of a rain and hailstorm, Thompson finished 2nd in the 400M Hurdles with a personal-best time of 55.65 seconds, missing the event Championship by .004 second. In more Women's NCAA action, Ida Storm finished her freshman year with an 11th place finish in the Hammer Throw, with a final throw of 199'10".
Going back to the Men's competitions, in the Pole Vault, Mike Woepse finished in a tie for 20th place at a height of 16'4.25". Bo Taylor finished his UCLA career with a 17th place finish in the Discus with a 177' throw and was named a second-team All American, while Alec Faldermeyer finished his first year as a Bruin as a first-team All American after a 5th place finish in the Hammer Throw, with a toss of 221'4". Maxwell Dyce ran the 200 Meters for the Bruins, finishing 19th overall with a time of 21.04 seconds. UCLA had another runner in Cory Primm, competing in the 800M, advanced to the final head where he finished in 6th place. Jonathan Clark was the final UCLA competitor in the Championships, finishing 9th in the Triple Jump.