Men's Golf Tied for Third Place After First Round of National Invitational Tournament

March 30, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona senior Ricky Barnes was the only Wildcat to break par as the team posted a 294 in Sunday's first round of the National Invitational Tournament at Tucson National Golf Course.

Arizona, which has won three of four events this spring, tallied an opening-round 294 (+6) and stands in a tie for third place with TCU. No team in the field of 14 finished the day below par. Texas holds the lead after 18 holes, as the Longhorns carded a 289 (+1). Arizona State is in second place at 293 (+5), while Tulsa rounds out the top five places at 296 (+8).

Individually, Barnes paced the Wildcats with his opening-round 71, which places him in a tie for fifth place. The reigning U.S. Amateur Champion has been below par in four consecutive rounds. He is four strokes off the pace set by Texas' Jason Hartwick, who leads the 75-man field by two strokes with a five-under 67.

Also competing for Arizona is junior Chris Nallen, who is tied for 11th place at 73 (+1), seniors Reid Hatley and Brian Woolf, who are tied for 28th place at 75 (+3), and senior Andrew Medley, who is tied for 53rd place at 78 (+5).

Five Wildcats are competing in the event as individuals, led by freshman Zack Amole's first-round 74 (+2), which places him in a tie for 18th place. Junior Nick Juszczak is tied for 28th place at 75 (+3). Rounding out the list is sophomore Kipp Riehle, who is tied for 61st place at 79 (+7), freshman Blaine Peffley, who is tied for 66th place at 80 (+8), and sophomore Nathan Lashley, who is tied for 73rd place at 83 (+11).

The 54-hole event runs through Tuesday at Tucson National Golf Course, a par 72, 7,138-yard layout.

Top Five Teams		                Top Five Individuals1.    Texas     	289 (+1)	1.  Jason Hartwick, Texas       	67 (-5)2.    Arizona State	293 (+5)	2.  Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State	69 (-3)3.    ARIZONA   	294 (+6)	3.  Chez Reavie, Arizona State   	70 (-2)      TCU       	294 (+6)	    David Schultz, TCU          	70 (-2)5.    Tulsa     	296 (+8)	5.  Ricky Barnes, Arizona       	71 (-1)		                            Billy Lowry, Tulsa           	71 (-1)

Arizona Finishers T5. Ricky Barnes 71 (-1) T11. Chris Nallen 73 (+1) T28. Reid Hatley 75 (+3) T28. Brian Woolf 75 (+3) T53. Andrew Medley 78 (+5)

Arizona Individuals T18. Zack Amole 74 (+2) T28. Nick Juszczak 75 (+3) T61. Kipp Riehle 79 (+7) T66. Blaine Peffley 80 (+8) T73. Nathan Lashley 83 (+11)

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