Men's Golf Tied for Second Place at ASU Thunderbird Invitational

April 9, 2004

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team posted an 18-under par total Friday and stands in a three-way tie for second place at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

Arizona carded rounds of 273 and 285 Friday en route to a 36-hole total of 558 (-18), which places the squad second along with New Mexico and USC. Tournament-host Arizona State leads the 16-team field with a two-round total of 548 (-28). Pepperdine rounds out the top five at 559 (-17).

All told, six Arizona players stand at par or better heading into tomorrow's final round, including three players nestled in the tournament's top-25 places. Senior Chris Nallen stands in a tie for 10th place after carding rounds of 66 and 71. His seven-under 137 total puts him one stroke ahead of teammate Nathan Tyler, who tallied rounds of 66 and 72 en route to his six-under 138 total.

Freshman Henry Liaw, who shot a three-under 141, is tied for 25th place, while Josh Esler is tied for 40th place at 144 (E). Nathan Lashley rounded out the UA varsity lineup with a 146 (+2) total, which tied him for 51st place. Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares leads the field with a two-round total of 131 (-13).

Four other Wildcats were in the field as individuals. Nick Juszczak shot 73, 69 and stands in a tie for 30th place at 142 (-2), while Mark Lamb is tied for 37th place at 143 (-1). Brian Prouty is in 79th place after totaling a 151 (+7), three strokes ahead of teammate Blaine Peffley, who carded a 10-over 154 total.

The 54-hole ASU Thunderbird Invitational concludes Saturday at Karsten Golf Course, a par 72, 7,027-yard layout.

Top Five Teams               		Top Five Individuals1.  Arizona State	548 (-28)	1.  Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State	65-66=131 (-13)2.  ARIZONA     	558 (-18)	2.  Peter Tomasulo, California  	61-72=133 (-11)    New Mexico   	558 (-18)	    Kendall Critchfield, Arizona St.	63-70=133 (-11)    USC          	558 (-18)	4.  Michael Putnam, Pepperdine   	68-67=135 (-9)5.  Pepperdine  	559 (-17)	    Ryan Moore, UNLV            	67-68=135 (-9)

Arizona Finishers T10. Chris Nallen 66-71=137 (-7) T14. Nathan Tyler 66-72=138 (-6) T25. Henry Liaw 70-71=141 (-3) T30. Nick Juszczak * 73-69=142 (-2) T37. Mark Lamb * 70-73=143 (-1) T40. Josh Esler 73-71=144 (E) T51. Nathan Lashley 71-75=146 (+2) 79. Brian Prouty * 74-77=151 (+7) T81. Blaine Peffley * 78-76=154 (+10)

* competed as an individual

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