LOS ANGELES – The UCLA men’s golf team opens year two of the Armen Kirakossian era at the Husky Invitational on Monday, Sept. 18 at the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash.
The two-day, 54-hole stroke play tournament will feature 14 teams. The Bruins will play 36 continuous holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday.
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UCLA’s first starting lineup of the 2023-24 season will feature three newcomers, including two freshmen.
UCLA Lineup: Omar Morales, Kyle An, Luke Powell, Andy Yoon and Alex Papayoanou.
UCLA Individual Competitors: Pablo Ereño, Luciano Conlan, Matthew Yamin, Lincoln Melcher, Alvaro Müller and Mason Greene.
The Field: California, Colorado State, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Seattle University, San Diego State, San Jose State, St. Mary’s, UCLA, Utah, Washington (host) and Washington State.
Weather Report: Cloudy and partly cloudy with temperatures touching the high 60s.
Par and Yardage: Par 72, 7,055 yards
2022-23 In Review
UCLA recorded five top-5 team finishes in Kirakossian’s first year as head coach. The season was highlighted by a t-5th mark at the highly competitive Southwestern Invitational where two Bruins – Pablo Ereño and Omar Morales – finished in the top 20.
Morales was the most impressive individual performer in Kirakossian’s debut season. After finishing 89th in his first event of the season, Morales improved each tournament, culminating in the first medal of his collegiate career at the El Macero Classic.
Morales led UCLA with a 72.2 scoring average in 22 rounds and three top 20s last season. Ereño ranked second with a 72.3 average in 28 rounds, the most action by a Bruin golfer in 2022-23.
The sophomore An notched two top 20s in the his first fall season at the Folds of Honor Collegiate (t-19th, +4) and Blessings Collegiate Invitational (t-15th, +4).
Morales in the U.S. Open
Morales competed in his first major championship event this summer at the 123rd U.S. Open at hallowed Los Angeles Country Club (June 15-18). Morales, who hit the first tee shot of the tournament, sat atop the leader…