UCLA's Collier takes Burbank City Championship
Tyler Collier wins the Burbank City in his first appearance<br>Photo from Twitter
Tyler Collier wins the Burbank City in his first appearance
Photo from Twitter

BURBANK (Oct. 11, 2015) -- Tyler Collier, a sophomore on the UCLA men’s golf team, took an eight-stroke lead into the final round of the 54-hole Burbank City Championship. With 18 holes still to play, he took nothing for granted.

“I still had to be able to go out there and putt well,” Collier told the LA Times. “I had to stick to what I was doing best and the greens were pretty good throughout [the tournament]. I needed to stay aggressive.

“Things worked out well in the end. I wasn’t thinking about what the other guys were doing. [UCLA Coach Derek Freeman] told me about the tournament two or three weeks ago. It feels good to win.”

His consistent play helped him win the tournament by three strokes as he bested Niels Andersen at the De Bell Golf Club. But he needed that big lead coming after 36 holes, because Andersen, a Santa Barbara resident, came on strong on Sunday and finished with the low round of the tournament, shooting a 64 to put himself in contention.

“I started making putts and I got into a zone,” said Andersen, a freshman on the Santa Barbara City College golf team, told the LA Times. “It got my confidence up and everything just came together.

“My ball striking worked well throughout most of the tournament. I took a practice round here last week to become familiar with the course. I think it helped me in the end and I have something to build off now.”

As for Collier, it was his first time playing in the Burbank City Championship. Over the summer, he competed in several tournaments including the Pacific Northwest Amateur, the Sahalee Players Championship, and the U.S. Amateur. His UCLA Bruins will next play this Friday, October 16 at the US Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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NOTE - Tournament dates have been changed from April to October. The Championship is played at 72 holes (with cut after 36) and 5 Handicap Flights playing 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday only (18 each day).

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