Alumni Notebook: Flores, UCLA win championship
Here’s a look at how some athletes with local ties fared recently at the college level:
Erik Flores (Nevada Union, ’05); University of California, Los Angeles – Flores’ team won the Division I NCAA championships in golf Saturday, beating out Pac-10 rival Southern California by only two strokes in the four-round tournament, 1,194 to 1,196.
“It was crazy,” Flores said. “I mean the course was so tough, the conditions were so tough. It was just a survival test out there. To come out on top just feels so awesome. To have been through what we’ve been through, in the last three years … It’s been amazing.”
The Bruins were 42-over par and Flores finished tied for 33rd with a 305, carding a 78 on the final day of the tournament at Purdue’s Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. Flores and his teammates made best the windy course, which got delay Friday because inclement weather.
“My play was OK at best,” he said over the phone Sunday night. “I did some things great and some things not so great. I didn’t drive the ball well in the first two rounds but I putted well. It was important to grind out for the team because my score was going to count every round.
“It was learning experience.”
The junior, still high from the glory of Saturday’s victory for a team that hasn’t seen much turnover in his three years, will get another chance next year to repeat because the Bruins will only lost two seniors. But he won’t say he’s expecting it
“I wouldn’t put it in that kind of context,” Flores said. “Eager and driven yes. We lose two seniors that started with us three years ago and we’ve got an excellent freshman class coming in … As long as we can step our games up and set an example for the freshmen we can make it. But that’s a long ways away.”
Steve Sitter (Bear River ’06); Yuba Community College – Sitter finished the season appearing in 19 games for the Forty Niners (20-23, 14-14), pitching a total of 34 1/3 innings, all in middle to late relief. He won four games while losing three with one save, striking out 21 batters while walking only five. Sitter surrendered 16 earned runs and compiled a 4.19 earned run average.
Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college/professional athlete with local ties, please contact Brian Hamilton via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 477-4240.
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