Flores earns third All-American spot | TheUnion.com

Flores earns third All-American spot

Due to NCAA recruiting rules, UCLA’s coaching staff is not able to comment on prized recruit Erik Flores until he officially signs a national letter of intent in early November.

But rest assured the Bruins know what caliber of a golfer they’ll be getting next fall when Flores, a Nevada Union senior, arrives on the SoCal campus.

An All-American – or, rather – a three-time All American.

Flores was named by the American Junior Golf Association to its Rolex Junior All-American second team earlier this week. The honor is the third of its kind for Flores, who accepted the recognition as a fitting end to his junior golf career. Although, he joked that it could have ended just a bit better.

“Well, first team would have been good,” he laughed. “But I don’t really mean that in a bad way.

“It was nice to see all my hard work and all my parents’ sacrifices and patience pay off. I really appreciate the support of this community, every one at Alta Sierra Country Club – all the members there and (PGA pro) Jeff Chleboun – and also DarkHorse (Golf Club) and my coach Dave Atchison.

“It’s a good way to cap off a junior career and also a good way to, I guess, to jump into college golf.”

Flores made impressive showings in some of this season’s toughest AJGA events, tying for fourth at the Heather Farr Classic in April, tying for third at the Rolex Tournament of Champions in July, and finishing third at the Family Toyota/Family Honda Junior in August.

The 17-year-old also made it to the round of 16 at the U.S. Junior Amateur and was named to the West team in this year’s Canon Cup.

Flores earned third team All-America honors from the AJGA in 2003 and was a first-team All-American on the Jim McClean Future Collegians World Tour in 2002.

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