Men's Golf Drops First Round Match at Collegiate Match Play Championship

Nov. 7, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team lost its first round match Friday at the 2003 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The 13th-seeded Wildcats were defeated in the opening round match by fourth-seeded Georgia, 3-2. Arizona picked up singles wins from its No. 1 and No. 2 players, but dropped the three remaining matches to fall into the consolation bracket.

UA senior Chris Nallen picked up a 2 and 1 win over Georgia's Jason Hodges at the No. 1 position to give the Cats its first point of the day. The win improved Nallen's record to 5-2-1 in collegiate match play events. Teammate Nathan Lashley earned a point as well by defeating Ryan Hybl at the No. 2 position, 3 and 1.

The Wildcats failed to collect what would have been the deciding point in any of the final three matches. Freshman Henry Liaw lost to Richard Scott at the No. 3 position, 6 and 5, on the strength of three consecutive wins on holes seven through nine. Freshman Josh Esler and sophomore Blaine Peffley were defeated by totals of 4 and 2 and 6 and 4, respectively.

Second round play Friday afternoon against USC was suspended due to darkness. Arizona has leads in four of five matches through 14 holes with one match all-square.

The Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship is being contested through Sunday at the Barefoot Resort's Dye Course, a par 71, 7,145-yard layout.

2003 Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship
The Barefoot Resort's Dye Course
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Par 71, 7,145 yards
Nov. 7-9, 2003

First Round Results
(4) Georgia def. (13) Arizona, 3-2

Chris Nallen (Arizona) def. Jason Hodges (Georgia), 2 and 1
Nathan Lashley (Arizona) def. Ryan Hybl (Georgia), 3 and 1
Richard Scott (Georgia), def. Henry Liaw (Arizona), 6 and 5
Brendon Todd (Georgia), def. Josh Esler (Arizona), 4 and 2
Chris Kirk (Georgia) def. Blaine Peffley (Arizona), 6 and 4

Other Results
(1) Florida def. (16) Wichita State, 4-0-1
(8) Texas def. (9) Augusta State, 3-0-2
(5) Georgia Tech def. (12) USC, 3-2
(3) Clemson def. (14) Auburn, 3-2
(11) UNLV def. (6) Arizona State, 2-2-1
(7) Oklahoma State def. (10) Wake Forest, 3-2
(15) North Carolina State def. (2) UCLA, 4-1

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