Chris Nallen Finishes Fifth at the Dogwood Invitational

July 1, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Chris Nallen posted a fifth-place finish Sunday at the Dogwood Invitational at the Legends Course at Chateau Elan Resort outside of Atlanta.

Nallen, who just completed his junior season at Arizona, carded rounds of 68, 75, 70 and 70 to finish in a tie for fifth place with a five-under 283 total. He finished 11 strokes behind medalist Lee Williams.

The Blairstown, N.J., native's strong finish in the 36th annual, invitation-only event is his second standout performance is a key event on the summer amateur tour. On June 22, Nallen won the Northeast Amateur title at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I., in a sudden-death playoff.

The outstanding play continues an impressive run for Nallen, who earned GCAA PING All-America honors for the third straight season after averaging 71.74 strokes per round in 2002-03. UA's top finisher in seven events this season, Nallen posted nine top-10 finishes and led the team in appearances (15), rounds played (43), low tournament total, rounds at par or better (27) and rounds in the 60s (12). Thirty-eight of his 40 rounds played in team competition (95 percent) counted towards the team total.

A semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award, Nallen was a first team all-Pac-10 selection for the second year in a row. His 11-under 205 total April 12 at the ASU Thunderbird/Savane Invitational tied for eighth-best on Arizona's all-time scoring list in relation to par.

Nathan Lashley, who just completed his sophomore year at Arizona, also competed in the Dogwood Invitational. The Scottsbluff, Neb., product carded a 78-73-72-72=295 (+7) over the 72-hole event to finish in a tie for 35th place. In eight events during the 2002-03 season, Lashley posted a 74.83 stroke average with one top-20 finish.

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