Men's countdown: No. 5 UCLA
Friday, August 30, 2013
We are counting down the top 30 men's teams heading into the fall college season.
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No. 5 UCLA
2012-13 Golfweek ranking: 4
Go-to guy: Sophomore Jonathan Garrick
Season outlook: Gone from Derek Freeman’s lineup this year are a pair of All-Americans, Pontus Widegren and Pedro Figueiredo, who filled the Nos. 1 and 2 spots on a Bruins team that won four times last year. However, UCLA usually has players waiting in the wings, and this season is no different.
A deep and talented roster – with no freshmen and just one senior – should keep the Bruins strong through the bottom of the lineup. The lone senior is Anton Arboleda, who should contend for the top spot. Entering the season, however, that probably belongs to sophomore Jonathan Garrick, who posted five top 10s and finished his freshman year at No. 36 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. Juniors Manav Shah and Jay Hwang also will be key to UCLA's success. Other candidates to play important roles are sophomore Lorens Chan and junior Matt Pinizzotto.
Losing your top two players always present a challenge and Freeman might tinker with several lineup combinations, but with UCLA's depth, the Bruins should contend each time out.
– Lance Ringler