Men's Golf Takes Eight-Stroke Lead After Two Rounds of National Invitational Tournament
March 31, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Two University of Arizona men's golfers carded five-under par totals Monday to help the Wildcats to a 278 total and the second round lead at the 2003 National Invitational Tournament.
UA seniors Ricky Barnes and Andrew Medley each tallied a second-round 67 to help Arizona post a 278 (-10) total, the low round of the tournament. After 36-holes, Arizona leads the 14-team field with a 572 (-4) total. The Wildcats are the only team below par through the first two rounds. Arizona holds an eight-stroke lead over second-place New Mexico (580). TCU and Texas (585) are tied for third place, while Minnesota rounds out the top five places at 586.
Barnes' 67 helped him move into a share of the individual lead. His two-round total of 138 (-6) ties him with TCU's David Schultz. The duo leads the field of 75 by four strokes. It was Barnes' fifth consecutive round below par.
Medley's efforts moved him 40 spots up the leaderboard into a tie for 13th place. After 36 holes, Medley has a 145 (+1) total. Teammate Chris Nallen is the third member of the UA varsity currently in the top-15 places. The junior carded a second-round 70 (-2) and is in a fifth place at 143 (-1).
Five Wildcats are competing in the event as individuals, led by junior Nick Juszczak. He is tied for 30th place at 150 (+6). Sophomore Kipp Riehle is tied for 50th place at 153 (+9), while freshman Zack Amole is tied for 61st place at 155 (+11). Sophomore Nathan Lashley, who is tied for 68th place at 157 (+13), and freshman Blaine Peffley, who is in 72nd place at 159 (+15), round out the UA contingent.
The 54-hole event runs through Tuesday at Tucson National Golf Course, a par 72, 7,094-yard layout.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals1. ARIZONA 572 (-4) 1. Ricky Barnes, Arizona 71-67=138 (-6)2. New Mexico 580 (+4) David Schultz, TCU 70-68=138 (-6)3. TCU 585 (+9) 3. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 69-73=142 (-2) Texas 585 (+9) Madalitso Muthiya, New Mexico 75-67=142 (-2)5. Minnesota 586 (+10) 5. Chris Nallen, Arizona 73-70=143 (-1) Aaron Bell, Tulsa 74-69=143 (-1) Ryan Keeney, UNLV 73-70=143 (-1) Wilheim Schauman, Minnesota 76-67=143 (-1)