Arizona State Takes Lead At Pac-10 Men's Golf Championships
April 26, 2005
WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Arizona State moved into the lead at the Pacific-10Conference Men's Golf Championships, Tuesday, after the third round ofplay at the par 71, 6,606-yard Walla Walla Country Club.
Arizona State jumped past second round leader UCLA after posting thelowest single-round team score of the tournament, a 6-under 349. The SunDevils are ahead of UCLA by three strokes with a team score of 1,058 (-7).
The Sun Devils are led by senior Pat Moore, who is currently in firstplace individually, leading by four strokes with a score of 203 (-10).Moore, who won last week at the U.S. Intercollegiate, has held the lead atthe Pac-10 Championships since holing a wedge during the second round from65 yards on the par-4, 14th hole. The eagle propelled Moore into the leadand he has yet to relinquish it since.
'I finally broke through and won last week,' said Moore. 'I'm just reallyrelaxed now and I've finally proved to myself I can win. I've playedpretty solid this week, so hopefully I can do it again tomorrow.'
The Sun Devils are looking to win their first Pac-10 team championshipsince 2000, when they won their record sixth consecutive team title.
'I would like to start another streak, and you can't start another streakwithout winning one,' said Arizona State Head Coach Randy Lein. 'That'swhat we're after.'
The Bruins are the only other team under par, posting a three-round teamscore of 1,061 (-4). UCLA, the two-time defending NCAA West RegionalChampions, are led by the play of freshman Kevin Chappell. Chappell iscurrently tied for fourth with a three-round total of 208 (-5).
The Bruins, who have four players in the top 25, head into Wednesday'sfinal round looking to pass Arizona State and capture their second Pac-10Championship in three years.
Freshman Rob Grube has catapulted the Stanford Cardinal from a tie forsixth to their current third place standing. Grube's third-round 5-under66 is the lowest round of the tournament thus far, and has lifted him intoa tie for second place.
'I hit the ball really well today,' Grube said. 'I hit almost every greenand I hit it really close a lot. It was a pretty easy 66, I didn't have tomake a lot of putts or anything.'
University of Washington sophomore Erik Olson has also lifted himself intoa tie for second place, shooting 68 (-3) Tuesday, and keeping the Huskieswithin two strokes of Stanford.
'Our team chances are good tomorrow,' Olson said. 'We're playing reallywell and everyone on our team is hitting it good.'
Defending Pac-10 team champion Arizona also made a move up the leaderboard Tuesday, jumping from a tie for sixth place into fourth place.Defending Pac-10 individual champion Henry Liaw fired a 4-under 67, whilesenior Nathan Lashley fired a 3-under 68. Lashley is currently tied forfourth place with a 5-under 208, while Liaw, a sophomore, is tied for 28thwith a 217 (+4).
'We need some help from the other teams,' Liaw said. 'I know it soundsbad, but we need some other teams to post some high numbers so we can getback in it and maybe make a run tomorrow like we did last year.'
Four schools currently in sixth through ninth place are separated by onlyfour strokes. Oregon is in sixth place with a three-round total of 1,081(+16), California and Southern California are tied for seventh place withteam scores of 1,082 (+17) and Washington State is in ninth with 1,083(+18). Oregon State is in 10th with a score of 1,091 (+26) to round outthe scoring at the tournament.
Pacific-10 Conference Championships
April 25-27, 2005
Walla Walla Country Club; Walla Walla, Wash.
Par 71, 6,606 yards
Results After Rounds 3 of 4
Team Results: 1. Arizona State (351-358-349--1058, -7), 2. UCLA(352-355-354--1061, -4), 3. Stanford (363-359-351--1073, +8), 4. Arizona(356-366-352--1074, +9), 5. Washington (371-353-351--1075, +10), 6. Oregon(369-357-355--1081, +16), T7. California (353-361-368--1082, +17), T7.Southern California (362-352-368--1082, +17), 9. Washington State(359-358-366--1083, +18), 10. Oregon State (363-366-362--1091, +26).
Top 10 Individuals: 1. Pat Moore, Arizona State (67-67-69--203, -10), T2.Rob Grube, Stanford (69-72-66--207, -6), T2. Erik Olson, Washington(70-69-68--207, -6), T4. Kevin Chappell, UCLA (67-70-71--208, -5), T4.Michael Jensen, California (69-68-71--208, -5), T4. Nathan Lashley, Arizona(68-72-68--208, -5), 7. Brandon Beck, California (69-69-72--210, -3), T8.Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State (71-69-71--211, -2), T8. Justin St.Clair, Oregon (70-72-69--211, -2), 10. John Poucher, UCLA (72-70-70--212,-1).ï¿½