Chris Nallen Named <i>Golfweek</i> Preseason All-American

Sept. 12, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's golfer Chris Nallen was among 10 players selected to Golfweek magazine's first team Preseason All-America team.

Nallen, a senior from Blairstown, N.J., earned his spot on the team following another impressive collegiate campaign in 2002-03 that saw him earn All-America honors for the third straight season. He posted a 71.74 stroke average and led the Wildcats to four team victories while collecting a team-best nine top-10 finishes. A semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award in each of the last two seasons, Nallen is also a three-time all-Pacific-10 Conference honoree. He is ranked as the No. 4 returning player in the nation by Golfweek magazine.

His stellar play continued during the summer, as Nallen won the 2003 Northeast Amateur in a sudden death playoff and finished fifth at the 2003 Dogwood Invitational. He also participated in both the 2003 Palmer and Walker Cup competitions.

Arizona also debuts at No. 11 in the Golfweek Preseason Top 30, as selected by senior writer Ron Balicki. The Wildcats are scheduled to meet 26 of the 29 other teams in the preseason poll during the regular season. UA's inclusion in the Golfweek rankings has the team nationally ranked in all three major college golf polls to start the season.

Arizona returns six letterwinners from last season's Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional runner-up that advanced to the NCAA Championships for the 17th consecutive season. However, just two players, Nallen and sophomore Blaine Peffley saw action in more than five varsity events last season.

The Wildcats open the 2003-04 today, at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M.

Golfweek Preseason All-Americans

First Team
Bill Haas, senior, Wake Forest
Casey Wittenberg, freshman, Oklahoma St.
Matt Hendrix, senior, Clemson
Camilo Villegas, senior, Florida
Chris Nallen, senior, Arizona
Brock Mackenzie, senior, Washington
Alejandro Canizares, sophomore, Arizona St.
Peter Tomasulo, senior, California
Jason Hartwick, senior, Texas
Dustin Bray, senior, North Carolina

Golfweek Magazine Preseason Top 30 (Sept. 11, 2003)

Rnk	School  	Final 2003 rank 1.	Clemson         	 1 2.	UCLA            	 8 3.	Florida         	 2 4.	Oklahoma State  	 4 5.	Georgia         	13 6.	Arizona State   	15 7.	Texas           	 5 8.	UNLV            	 9 9.	Augusta State   	 610.	Georgia Tech    	1211.	ARIZONA         	 712.	TCU             	1113.	North Carolina  	1014.	Washington      	1915.	Arkansas        	2416.	USC             	2317.	Pepperdine      	2618.	North Carolina State	1719.	Wake Forest      	 320	New Mexico      	1821.	Auburn          	1422.	East Tennessee State	4223.	South Carolina   	2824	Minnesota       	1625.	Tennessee       	2126.	Oklahoma        	2727.	Tulsa           	3928.	California      	4429.	Illinois        	2230.	Duke            	25

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