Men's Golf Falls to Wichita State at Collegiate Match Play Championship

Nov. 8, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - For the second time in as many days, the University of Arizona men's golf team dropped a 3-2 decision at the 2003 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The 13th-seeded Wildcats were defeated in the consolation bracket third round match by 16th-seeded Wichita State, 3-2. As has been the case in all the of its matches to date, Arizona picked up singles wins from its No. 1 and No. 2 players, but dropped the three remaining matches and suffer a one-point defeat.

UA senior Chris Nallen earned a 4 and 3 win over Wichita State's Judd Easterling at the No. 1 position to give the Cats an early lead. The win improved Nallen's record to 7-2-1 in collegiate match play events. Teammate Nathan Lashley earned a point as well by defeating John May at the No. 2 position, 1-up.

The Wildcats failed to collect what would have been the deciding point in any of the final three matches. Freshman Henry Liaw lost to Jesse Schulte at the No. 3 position, 2 and 1. Freshman Josh Esler and junior Kipp Riehle were both defeated by 3 and 2 totals.

Earlier in the day, Arizona got wins from its top three players to post a 3-0-2 win over 12th-seeded USC to advance in the consolation bracket. The Cats held leads in four of five matches Friday when play was suspended due to darkness.

Nallen continued his solid play, as he set the tone by winning at the No. 1 spot for the second match in a row. He defeated USC's Tyler Ley, 3 and 2. Junior Nathan Lashley also posted a 3 and 2 win over Ben Hayes to put Arizona up 2-0 for the second time in the tournament.

Arizona received the clinching points from freshman Henry Liaw, courtesy of a 3 and 2 decision over Taylor Wood, while freshman Josh Esler and junior Kipp Riehle halved their matches at the Nos. 4 and 5 positions.

The Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship runs through Sunday at the Barefoot Resort's Dye Course, a par 71, 7,145-yard layout.

2003 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship
The Barefoot Resort's Dye Course
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Par 71, 7,145 yards
Nov. 7-9, 2003

Consolation Bracket, Third Round
(16) Wichita State def. (13) Arizona, 3-2

Chris Nallen (Arizona) def. Judd Easterling (WSU), 4 and 3
Nathan Lashley (Arizona) def. John May, (WSU), 1-up
Jesse Schulte (WSU) def. Henry Liaw (Arizona), 2 and 1
Ty Cline (WSU) def. Josh Esler (Arizona), 3 and 2
Cameron Bishop (WSU) def. Kipp Riehle (Arizona), 3 and 2

Other Third Round Results
Winners Bracket
(1) Florida def. (5) Georgia Tech, 3-1-1
(11) UNLV def. (7) Oklahoma State, 4-1

Consolation Bracket
(8) Texas def. (4) Georgia, 3-1-1
(3) Clemson def. (15) North Carolina State, 4-0-1
(6) Arizona State def. (2) UCLA, 4-1

Consolation Bracket, Second Round
(13) Arizona def. (12) USC, 3-0-2

Chris Nallen (Arizona) def. Tyler Ley (USC), 3 and 2
Nathan Lashley (Arizona) def. Ben Hayes, (USC), 3 and 2
Henry Liaw (Arizona) def. Taylor Wood (USC), 3 and 2
Josh Esler (Arizona) halved Nico Bollini (USC)
Kipp Riehle (Arizona) halved Joshua Wooding (USC)

Other Second Round Results
Winners Bracket
(1) Florida def. (8) Texas, 3-2
(5) Georgia Tech def. (4) Georgia, 3-2
(11) UNLV def. (3) Clemson, 3-2
(7) Oklahoma State def. (15) North Carolina State, 3-2

Consolation Bracket
(16) Wichita State def. (9) Augusta State, 2-2-1
(6) Arizona State def. (14) Auburn, 4-0-1
(2) UCLA def. (10) Wake Forest, 3-1-1

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