Chris Nallen Leads After Two Rounds At The 2003 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic
Nov. 24, 2003
EL PASO, Texas - Chris Nallen's string of good luck continued on Monday, as the Arizona junior fired rounds of 66 and 63 for a two-round total of 13-under par at the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic at the El Paso Country Club.
Nallen, who entered the second round tied for first with Washington's Brock Mackenzie at five-under par, broke the 36-hole tournament record with a 129-stroke total. The record was held by former Arizona teammate Ricky Barnes, who carded 67-63-130 en route to the 2000 Golf Classic championship.
Mackenzie sits four strokes off the pace at 133, followed by UNLV's Ryan Moore, who carded a pair of 67s for a two-round total of 134. TCU's David Schultz sits fourth, followed by UCLA's Travis Johnson and UTEP's Chris Baryla at fifth and sixth, respectively.
In all, 14 players are under pair through 36 holes, marking the most players under par in the field through two rounds since 1997 when 15 players were under par.
Nallen has led wire-to-wire through two rounds after carding a field-low three-under 33 on the front nine of the opening round. Nallen's 63 in the second round tied the tournament record set by Florida's Guy Hill (1992) and later tied by South Carolina's Eric Ecker (1998).
Nallen, who won the Titleist Longest Drive and the Ping Putting Contest on Sunday, is trying to become the first player in tournament history to win the longest drive and the tournament title. In 29 years, the long drive champion has never won the tournament.
The first round was delayed for 90 minutes due to an early morning frost.
The tournament, hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, is played at the Par-71, 6,781-yard El Paso Country Club.
Each university is awarded a $1,000 scholarship if a golfer from that school competes in the tournament.
Top Five Places
Fin. Name School Scores 1. Chris Nallen Arizona 66 63 129 -132. Brock Mackenzie Washington 66 67 133 -93. Ryan Moore UNLV 67 67 134 -84. David Schultz TCU 67 69 136 -65. Travis Johnson UCLA 70 67 137 -5
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