Pat Moore And Sun Devils Both Share Men's Golf Lead Entering Final Round
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 behind the continued stellar play of senior Pat Moore and four other players shooting par or better.
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).
Moore is in first place by four strokes with a score of 10-under 203 (67-67-69). The Phoenix native and Washington High School graduate won last week at the U.S. Intercollegiate and has held the lead at the 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.'
Moore is trying to become the first Sun Devil to win a Pac-10 title since Paul Casey won his third straight in 2000. Scott Johnson (1997) also won a Pac-10 title under current head coach Randy Lein. Before that it was Phil Mickelson in 1990.
The Sun Devils are looking to win their first Pac-10 team championshipsince 2000, when they won their record sixth consecutive team title. They have won seven total Pac-10 titles under Randy Lein and 11 in their 26 Pac-10 seaosons (1995-2000, 1993, 1990, 1989, 1981 and 1979).
'I would like to start another streak, and you can't start another streakwithout winning one,' said Arizona State Head Coach Randy Lein, a seven-time winner of the Pac-10 Coach of the Year at ASU. 'That's what we're after.'
ASU's team effort is reflected the individual scoreboard, as four Sun Devils are in the top 14. In addition to Moore leading the field, Alejandro Canizares is tied for eighth at 2-under 211 (71-69-71) while Niklas Lemke and Jesse Mueller are both tied for 14th at 1-over 214.
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 event concludes Wednesday with 18 holes and ASU will tee with UCLA beginning at 9:36 a.m. Pat Moore will be in the final group at 10:16 a.m.
Pacific-10 Conference ChampionshipsApril 25-27, 2005Walla Walla Country Club; Walla Walla, Wash.Par 71, 6,606 yardsResults 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).
Sun Devils/Best Scores1. 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)T8. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State (71-69-71--211, -2)T14. Niklas Lemke, Arizona State (73-73-68-214, +1)T14. Jesse Mueller, Arizona State (70-73-71-214, +1)T40. Charly Simon, Arizona State (72-76-72-220, +7)T43. Kendall Critchfield, Arizona State (71-80-70=221, +8)