Men's Golf Finishes in Second Place at ASU Thunderbird Invitational
April 10, 2004
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's golf team posted the third lowest tournament total in school history Saturday to finish in second place at the ASU Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
In an event where red numbers are almost commonplace over the par 72, 7,027-yard Karsten Course, Arizona carded a final-round 274 (-14) and finished the 54-hole event with an 832 (-32) team total, which was the third-lowest figure in school history. All told, 13 of the 16 teams in the field finished under par, while seven of UA's nine competitors in the 88-man field were also under par. Tournament-host Arizona State topped the 16-team field with a three-round tally of 821 (-43).
The Wildcats have now won or finished second in five of six events this spring.
Leading the way once again for Arizona was senior Chris Nallen, who carded a final-round 67 (-5) en route to his sixth top-10 finish of the season. The Hackettstown, N.J., native finished the two-day event with a 12-under 204 total and a tied for fourth place. Teammate Henry Liaw collected his sixth top-20 finish this spring with a three-round total of 212 (-4) and a tie for 20th place. He and Nallen were the only two members of the UA lineup to post three under-par rounds in the event.
Junior Nathan Lashley used a season-low 67 (-5) to post Arizona's biggest move up the leaderboard on Saturday. The Scottsbluff, Neb., product moved up 23 places today to finish in a tie for 28th place at 213 (-3). Freshman Josh Esler also tied for 28th place at 213, bolstered by a final-round 69. For Esler, it was his best tournament total of the season, while the 69 was his best tournament tally in 17 rounds dating back to Feb. 2.. UA's Nathan Tyler also tied for 34th place with a 214 (-2) total.
Four other Wildcats were in the field competing as individuals. Nick Juszczak earned his fourth top-20 finish of the season with a three-round 212 (-4). He finished two strokes ahead of freshman Mark Lamb, who equaled a tournament-low with a 214 (-2) in tying fo 34th place. Brian Prouty tied for 81st place after totaling a 229 (+13), three strokes ahead of Blaine Peffley, who finished 83rd after carding a 14-over 230 total.
Ninth-ranked Arizona will next be in action on April 26-28, as the squad hosts the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Championships at The Gallery at Dove Mountain's North Course.
Top Five Teams Top Five Individuals1. Arizona State 821 (-43) 1. Alejandro Canizares, Arizona State 65-66-69=200 (-16)2. ARIZONA 832 (-32) 2. Ryan Moore, UNLV 67-68-67=202 (-14)3. USC 835 (-29) 3. Chez Reavie, Arizona State 66-70-67=203 (-13)4. New Mexico 840 (-24) 4. Chris Nallen, Arizona 68-71-67=204 (-12)5. Pepperdine 842 (-22) Joshua Wooding, USC 66-70-68=204 (-12)
Arizona Finishers T4. Chris Nallen 66-71-67=204 (-12) T20. Henry Liaw 70-71-71=212 (-4) T20. Nick Juszczak * 73-69-70=212 (-4) T28. Nathan Lashley 71-75-67=213 (-3) T28. Josh Esler 73-71-69=213 (-3) T34. Nathan Tyler 66-72-76=214 (-2) T34. Mark Lamb * 70-73-71=214 (-2) T81. Brian Prouty * 74-77-78=229 (+13) 83. Blaine Peffley * 78-76-76=230 (+14)
* competed as an individual