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Catching Up With Patrick Cantlay

Patrick Cantlay, the 19 year old Bruin sophomore rocketed into the national spotlight this summer as one of the most sensational young golfers in the world. He was profiled in the NY Times. We kept track here on BN. Recently the UCLA Magazine caught up with him:

For some, it's all about the Benjamins. For sophomore Patrick Cantlay, it's all about the Bruins.

Earlier this year, UCLA athletes from the hardwood (Tyler Honeycutt, Malcolm Lee) to the gridiron (Akeem Ayers, Rahim Moore) garnered headlines for turning pro early.

Patrick Cantlay hit the links and made headlines for not turning pro.

While those other guys prepped for the pros, Cantlay played a little golf. His summer highlights include shooting a 284 at the U.S. Open (good for a tie for 21st), an 11-under-par 269 at the Traveler's Championship, a 3-under 277 at the AT&T National, and an even-par 280 at the RBC Canadian Open. All told he played in four PGA events and finished in the Top 25 in each. All told, he earned just over $200,000.

Oh, wait...

As an amateur, Cantlay didn't earn a nickel, though he retained his college eligibility. He did become the ninth Bruin to win the SCGA Amateur Championship with a 14-under 270, was low amateur at the U.S. Open, shot a -10 at the Traveler's (the lowest ever round by an amateur in a PGA Tour event) and was named to the U.S. Walker Cup Team, the first UCLA golfer to receive an invitation since Corey Pavin in 1982.

Not too shabby at all. You can read the full profile here.

Cantley has mentioned how his goal is to win a national championship for UCLA. Hope he achieves his goal before moving on with his promising career  beyond Westwood.

GO BRUINS.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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