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
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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