Men's Golf Tied for Fifth Place at Southern Highlands Collegiate

March 12, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - Led by Henry Liaw's seven-under 65, the University of Arizona men's golf team carded a four-under 284 Friday and stands in a tie for fifth place at the Southern Highlands Collegiate.

Liaw, a freshman from Rowland Heights, Calif., continued his run of strong play this spring with a seven-under 65 to take the individual led after 18 holes. Liaw has been under par in six of seven rounds this spring, including four rounds in the 60s. He has a one-stroke lead over Clemson's Jake Ferguson and Arizona State's Niklas Lemke.

In those seven rounds, Liaw is averaging 68.29 strokes and has two top-15 finishes, including a tie for third at the John Burns Intercollegiate, Feb. 18-20, in his last outing.

The freshman's efforts helped the Wildcats post a 288 (-4) total and tie for fifth place with Georgia in the 15-team field. Arizona's total is seven shots of the pace set by tournament leader UNLV. Clemson (279), Arizona State (279) and UCLA (282) round out the top-four places.

UA senior Chris Nallen is also in the top 20 after shooting a one-under 71 in Friday's opening round. He is tied for 18th place two shots ahead of teammate Nathan Lashley, who tallied a one-over 73 and is tied for 32nd place.

Also competing for the Wildcats were freshmen Josh Esler and Nathan Tyler. Esler carded a three-over 75 and is tied for 44th place, while Tyler is tied for 57th place after a first-round 76 (+4).

The Southern Highlands Collegiate continues through Sunday at Southern Highlands Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nev., a par 72, 7,440-yard layout.

Top Five Teams	         	Top Five Individuals1.  Florida         277 (-11)	1.  Henry Liaw, Arizona 	    31-34=65 (-7)2.  Clemson         279 (-9)	2.  Jack Ferguson, Clemson	    32-34=66 (-6)    Arizona State   279 (-9)	     Niklas Lemke, Arizona State    34-32=66 (-6)4.  UCLA            282 (-6)	4.  Camilo Villegas, Florida   	    31-36=67 (-5)5.  ARIZONA         284 (-4)	5.  Bill Haas, Wake Forest	    31-37=68 (-4)     Georgia        284 (-4)	    John Merrick, UCLA   	    34-34=68 (-4)                      		    Brett Stegmaier, Florida        33-35=68 (-4)		                    Brendon Todd, Georgia           33-35=68 (-4)		                    Chan Wongluekiet, Georgia Tech  32-36=68 (-4)

Arizona Finishers 1. Henry Liaw 31-34=65 (-7) T18. Chris Nallen 37-34=71 (-1) T32. Nathan Lashley 39-34=73 (+1) T44. Josh Esler 36-39=75 (+3) T57. Nathan Tyler 37-39=76 (+4)

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