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).

Also competing for Arizona are seniors Reid Hatley and Brian Woolf, who are tied for 26th place at 149 (+5), and 37th place at 151 (+7), respectively.

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)

Arizona Finishers T1. Ricky Barnes 71-67=138 (-6) T5. Chris Nallen 73-70=143 (-1) T13. Andrew Medley 78-67=145 (+1) T26. Reid Hatley 75-74=149 (+5) T37. Brian Woolf 75-76=151 (+7)

Arizona Individuals T30. Nick Juszczak 75-75=150 (+6) T50. Kipp Riehle 79-74=153 (+9) T61. Zack Amole 74-81=155 (+11) T68. Nathan Lashley 83-74=157 (+13) 72. Blaine Peffley 80-79=159 (+15)

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